Capitol Alert: Jerry Brown signs paparazzi, earthquake-warning bills

dsiders@sacbee.comSeptember 24, 2013 

Actresses Halle Berry, left, and Jennifer Garner sit in the gallery before they testify at the state Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 in favor of a bill aimed at restricting paparazzi access to children.

RANDY PENCH — rpench@sacbee.com

Jerry_Brown_Online_Education.jpgGov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation backed by actress Halle Berry to restrict paparazzi access to children, his office announced Tuesday afternoon.

Senate Bill 606, by Sen. Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, clarifies that misdemeanor harassment of a child based on parents' profession includes attempting to record the child's image or voice.

The bill was opposed on First Amendment grounds by the California Newspaper Publishers Association, the Motion Picture Association of America and the California Broadcasters Association.

Berry gave emotional testimony at the Capitol about the need to restrict overzealous photographers, and some law enforcement officers said it would protect their children from harassment and threats made because of their parents' work in law enforcement.

The bill was one of 12 Brown announced signing Tuesday.

He also signed Senate Bill 135, by Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Los Angeles, which provides for the development of a statewide earthquake early warning system.

In a prepared statement, Padilla said that with Brown's signature, "the process of developing a statewide earthquake early warning system has begun."

Presumably, Brown studied up before signing the bill. When asked for his position on the bill earlier this month, the Democratic governor said, "I couldn't give you a stance on that because I don't know what the hell it is."

PHOTO: Gov. Jerry Brown speaks at a news conference in San Francisco on March 13, 2013. AP Photo/Jeff Chiu

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