Brown OKs bills on 'kill switch,' Obama presidency

Governor Jerry Brown
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Updated: 8/26 12:05 am

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has signed bills on a wide range of topics, from smartphone protections to curriculum updates.

The governor on Monday announced signing SB962 by Sen. Mark Leno, which makes California the first state to require smartphones to offer a "kill switch." The San Francisco Democrat says the anti-theft technology would allow smartphone owners to render their devices useless if stolen.

The governor also signed AB1912, which encourages schools to teach about the historical significance of Barack Obama becoming the nation's first African-American president. The bill is by Assemblyman Chris Holden, a Democrat from Pasadena.

And under AB2393, counties will be allowed to increase vehicle registration fees to pay for fingerprint identification programs. The bill is by Democratic Assemblyman Marc Levine of San Rafael.

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