By Jim Sanders
jsanders@sacbee.com
Published: Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Termed-out Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is leaving behind hundreds of new reasons to remember him after he departs the state’s highest office Monday.

The Republican governor signed nearly 750 bills last year, most of them taking effect today at modest or no cost to the state.

Schwarzenegger’s bill signings outpaced his vetoes by more than 2-to-1. He gave the thumbs-down to about 300 measures. New laws cover issues from marijuana possession to teenage self-defense instruction and designation of an annual day of significance honoring Ronald Reagan.

CRIME

Senate Bill 1449: Reduces the crime of possessing an ounce of marijuana from a misdemeanor to an infraction. (Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco)

Senate Bill 1411: Makes it a misdemeanor to impersonate another person on a website or by electronic means to intimidate, threaten, defraud or harm. (Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto)

Assembly Bill 1280: Creates a new felony, punishable by a life prison sentence with possible parole, for a caregiver who assaults a child under 8 and causes permanent paralysis or a coma from brain injury. (Assemblyman Mike Villines, R-Clovis)

Senate Bill 5: Allows the families of murdered children to seal the autopsy record from the public, but not from police or other stakeholders. (Sen. Dennis Hollingsworth, R-Murrieta)

Assembly Bill 1844: “Chelsea’s Law” toughens penalties for sexual offenses against children in memory of Chelsea King, a murdered San Diego teen. (Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, R-San Diego)

Assembly Bill 2479: Targets aggressive paparazzi tactics by creating penalties for reckless driving or false imprisonment to capture images or sound. (Assemblywoman Karen Bass, D-Los Angeles)

EDUCATION

Senate Bill 1317: Allows parents of chronic truants to be charged with a misdemeanor if they have not reasonably supervised them and encouraged school attendance. (Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco)

Senate Bill 1290: Requires self-defense for middle and high school students to be added to physical education classes once curriculum frameworks are revised. (Sen. Christine Kehoe, D-San Diego)

Assembly Bill 354: Mandates that students be immunized for whooping cough before attending seventh through 12th grades in 2011-12. (Assemblymen Juan Arambula, I-Fresno, and Nathan Fletcher, R-San Diego)

Senate Bill 1413: Requires school districts to provide access to free, fresh drinking water during meal times by July 2011. (Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco)

HIGHER EDUCATION

Senate Bill 1440: Sets uniform standards for transfer degrees to assist community college graduates in switching to California State University. (Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Los Angeles)

Assembly Bill 2382: Authorizes the California State University system to award a doctor of physical therapy degree. (Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield, D-Woodland Hills)

Assembly Bill 867: Allows the CSU system to award a doctor of nursing practice degree at three campuses until 2018. (Assemblymen Pedro Nava, D-Santa Barbara, and Juan Arambula, I-Fresno)

HEALTH

Assembly Bill 1602 and Senate Bill 900: Companion measures to create a state health insurance exchange – a key component of federal health care reform – that could set the stage for expanding medical coverage to millions of uninsured Californians. (Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, D-Los Angeles; Sen. Elaine Alquist, D-Santa Clara)

Senate Bill 1088: Requires health insurers to cover dependents through age 26. (Sen. Curren Price, D-Inglewood)

Assembly Bill 2244: Restricts health care insurers from refusing to sell or renew coverage to children with pre-existing conditions. (Assemblyman Mike Feuer, D-Los Angeles)

Assembly Bill 2470: Prohibits health insurers from canceling insurance once a policy is issued, unless there is fraud or intentional misrepresentation. (Assemblyman Hector De La Torre, D-South Gate)

Assembly Bill 52: Raises birth certificate copying fees by $2 to expand collection of umbilical cord blood that can be used in fighting blood and immune disorders. (Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, D-La Cañada Flintridge)

Senate Bill 1163: Requires health plans and insurers to provide detailed actuarial information to the state before raising premiums. (Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco)

ENVIRONMENT

Assembly Bill 2503: Creates a process for companies to leave decommissioned oil rigs in place as aquatic reefs, with tops removed, and to share the savings for environmental and public purposes. (Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, D-Los Angeles)

Assembly Bill 2398: Requires carpet manufacturers to develop plans to enhance carpet recycling and allows them to impose, beginning in July, a fee of 5 cents per square yard to fund recycling efforts. (Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, D-Los Angeles)

Senate Bill 51: Creates a state council to oversee restoration of the Salton Sea, California’s largest lake, a salt-plagued body of water supporting more than 400 bird species. (Sen. Denise Ducheny, D-San Diego)

BUSINESS

Senate Bill 1304: Requires private employers to provide a paid leave of absence to employees who choose to donate an organ or bone marrow. (Assemblyman Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord)

Assembly Bill 605: Allows free beer, wine and liquor tastings inside large supermarkets and large liquor outlets. (Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, D-La Cañada Flintridge)

Assembly Bill 2650: Bans medical marijuana dispensaries from being located within 600 feet of a public or private school. (Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo)

Assembly Bill 2294: Allows cities and counties to license and regulate pedicabs, which are pedal-powered vehicles that transport passengers. (Assemblymen Marty Block, D-San Diego, and Nathan Fletcher, R-San Diego)

MISCELLANEOUS

Senate Bill 944: Designates a Ronald Reagan Day each Feb. 6 as a day of special significance – not a holiday – in which schools will be encouraged to conduct exercises honoring Reagan. (Sen. George Runner, R-Lancaster)

Assembly Bill 1999: Provides criminal immunity to a minor for possessing or consuming liquor when that person reports an alcohol-related medical emergency. (Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, D-La Cañada Flintridge)

Senate Bill 839: Creates a “Blue Alert” program, using the existing Amber Alert equipment, to notify the public when a law enforcement officer is killed or attacked and the suspect has fled. (Sen. George Runner, R-Lancaster)

Senate Bill 1399: Permits medical parole of inmates who are permanently incapacitated and require 24-hour care. Excludes inmates sentenced to death or life in prison without parole. (Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco)

Senate Bill 1266: Permits alternative custody, such as confinement in a transitional care or drug treatment program, for nonviolent prison inmates who are female, pregnant or were primary caregivers to children. (Sen. Carol Liu, D-La Cañada Flintridge)

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