By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
September 8, 2012

SACRAMENTO — California landlords can no longer require rent to be paid online, drivers will be able to show police their proof of insurance on their smartphones and sports fans may have a little more protection at stadiums under bills signed into law Friday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

With hundreds of pieces of legislation on his desk, Brown signed 59 measures Friday, including one by Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) that prohibits landlords from requiring tenants to pay their rent electronically.

Lieu said many tenants do not have access to or knowledge about computers, so they should be allowed to pay by paper check or money order.

“The elderly, disabled and poor — or someone who simply wants to keep their options open — can now be assured paying rent online is but one option open to them,” Lieu said.

His bill, SB 1055, and others signed Friday will take effect Jan. 1.

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