Brown Signs Funeral Protest Bill, Vetoes New Ticket Fines
Governor Jerry Brown signed a package of 26 bills into law on Monday. One of them will protect mourners from protests during funerals.
Under the new law, protesters must be at least 300 feet away from a funeral and on public property. Governor Brown vetoed similar legislation last year, citing a Supreme Court decision that said the first amendment protects funeral protests.
But last year’s bill was more restrictive and would have required protesters to be 1000 feet away.
The Governor also vetoed three bills, including one that would have added a dollar fine to a traffic ticket. The money raised would have gone to fund a program for spinal cord injury research at the University of California.
In his veto message, Governor Brown said fines should be based on reasonable punishment, not paying for more general fund activities.