Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill this week by state Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner
(D-Berkeley) to ensure voting rights during natural disasters.
AB 214 requires the secretary of state to establish procedures to ensure voting continues in the event of a natural disaster or other emergency.
"One of the state's most important duties is ensuring the right to vote," Skinner said. "Natural disasters don't occur on schedule. If one happens near an election, we need to be prepared to ensure that every Californian can vote."
Another bill by Skinner was signed by the governor this week.
AB 1220 gives consumers access to the same credit reports that banks, landlords and prospective employers have.
Gov. Brown also signed a bill by state Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla (D-Concord) that protects children in mixed martial arts.
The bill, AB 1186, clarifies the California State Athletic Commission's authority to regulate all forms of full contact mixed martial arts competitions that involved participants 18 years of age and younger.
Another bill by Bonilla was also signed by Gov. Brown
AB 484 allows California to move away from the STAR testing system and into the next generation of assessment exams.
Bonilla also co-hosted a hearing with the Assembly Select Committee to examine the California STEM Task Force's findings on how to best implement science, technology, engineering and math into California schools.
The hearing with state Superintendent of School Tom Torlakson was held from 10 a.m. to noon Friday at the Contra Costa Transportation Authority Board Room in Walnut Creek.
State Sen. Ellen Corbett hosted a Senate Select Committee on Emerging Technology on the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies initiative.
The hearing was held Friday from 9 a.m. to noon in La Jolla.
Corbett will also host a hearing in Hayward on Sunday on the federal Affordable Care Act in California as well as a hearing Monday in Pleasanton on stopping scams aimed at senior citizens.
Corbett also had two energy-related bills signed by the governor early this week.
SB 454 would allows electric vehicle charging stations to operate similar to gas stations by allowing drivers to use multiple payment methods to charge their car battery.