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Governor Schwarzenegger Signs Several Bills into Law

Last week, Governor Schwarzenegger signed several Bills into law. Schwarzenegger was Tuesday’s KVML “Newsmaker of the Day”.

Typically the Governor’s office provides the transcript from the “Weekly Address”. However, for the second time in less than two months, they did not provide a transcript to us.

According to the Sacramento Bee, here are a few of the new laws, all dealing with transportation:

• Sen. Dave Cox (R) authored a law making it clear that airport wildlife managers can shoot and kill any bird they think may cause problems for jets.

The bill stems from a problem in recent years at Sacramento airport, site of many bird-vs.-jet incidents.

Feds have said it’s OK to shoot. The state said no, not certain birds, and threatened arrests. The Cox bill clears it up. (If you’re a duck, duck!)

• Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, D-Davis, pushed through a bill backed by Rosemary Shahan of Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety. It requires a reluctant DMV to fully participate in a national car-theft, information- sharing database.

• Assemblyman Dave Jones, D-Sacramento, got stiffer penalties placed on “rogue” charter bus companies, like the one involved in a crash last year that killed 11 en route to Colusa Casino Resort.

• The state’s temporary freeway “move over law” will now become permanent. When approaching an ambulance or tow truck with its lights flashing, you must move a lane away or slow as much as is prudent.

The “Newsmaker of the Day” is heard each weekday on AM 1450 KVML at 6:47, 7:47 and 8:47am.

Written by mark@mlode.com