A bill by state Sen. Mark Leno, that would require all smartphone manufacturers sold in California to come equipped with anti-theft “kill switches” passed its first legislative hurdle on Thursday in the state Senate with a 26-8 vote.
This comes as according to state Senator Mark Leno, Apple has switched from being opposed to a kill switch measure, to being neutral on the issue.
State Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) said money may have been one reason his fellow State Senators may have refused to go along with a bill that would require mandatory kill switches that would make stolen phones useless.
A bill that would force electronics manufacturers to install a shut-off function in all smartphones narrowly failed in the state Senate on Thursday.
A bill that would force electronics manufacturers to install a shut-off function in all smartphones narrowly failed in the state Senate on Thursday but could be revived later this spring.
A San Francisco state senator is introducing a bill on Monday where new property buyers in the city would be forced to own their buildings for five years before they could evict renters.
A growing epidemic of smartphone thefts prompted state lawmakers to announce Friday new legislation that would require the devices to come equipped with an anti-theft deterrent known as a “kill switch.”
Two state officials have announced plans to introduce legislation requiring smartphones to have a “kill switch” that would render stolen or lost devices inoperable.
The state Assembly has approved a bill that gives county prosecutors the option of charging lower-level, non-violent drug offenses as misdemeanors instead of felonies.
The bill, authored by state Senator Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, gives survivors of human trafficking the right to terminate residential leases in order to protect themselves against their abusers. The bill also strengthens existing protections for survivors of domestic violence who are forced to vacate a rental property for personal safety reasons.