Friday night, Governor Newsom signed 770 new laws and vetoed 66 laws. Newsom signed them before the October 10th deadline of the legislative session. 770 laws is certainly a large amount of bills and there were certainly some ridiculous ones in the massive stack.
One of the bills signed was one that has already become controversial. A bill that will require all high school students to take an ethnic studies course in order to graduate. Last year, Newsom signed a similar law for college students in the California State University system. Among the stack of bills signed into law was one that requires colleges to provide free menstrual products on campus, requiring large department stores to have a gender-neutral section of children toys and other children products, making it illegal to harass people going into vaccination clinics, and banning the sale of gas-powered leaf blowers and lawn mowers which the California government wishes to phase out by 2024. The vetoed bills include a bill that would pay former addicts to stay sober, allow advertisement of cannabis products on freeway billboards, and decriminalize jaywalking.
Once again, Newsom and the Democratic Party have shown where their priorities lie, in mandating free hygiene products and pushing critical race theory in high school education instead of signing bills that would alleviate some of the burdens that have caused the state to suffer economically.
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