Gov. Vetoes Ban of Cell Phone Disruption

Veto of SB1160 was one of dozens of decisions the governor made this weekend.

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    During a protest that moved into a BART station San Francisco, BART disabled cell phone service.

    Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill that would have banned agencies from disrupting cellphone service without a court order.

    The legislation targeted the Bay Area Rapid Transit system, which sparked a global free speech debate last year when it cut wireless service in San Francisco subway stations to disrupt a planned protest.

    In his veto statement Saturday, Brown said that the bill could "divert attention" away from a true emergency by requiring that government agencies apply for a court order within six hours of a service shutdown.

    Read veto statement here.

    The democratic governor encouraged the bill's author, Democratic Sen. Alex Padilla of Los Angeles, to bring amended version of the legislation forward next year.

    Both houses of the Legislature passed SB1160 unanimously, and BART also supported the measure.

    The veto was one of more than a dozen handed down today by the governor. He also signed about 30 other bills into law. See complete list at this link.  The rest of the list is at this link. 

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