Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger this week signed into law six bills by state Sen. Jenny Oropeza that deal with greenhouse gases, idling school buses, mammogram machines and honoring a pioneer of the gay rights movement.
The Republican governor also vetoed three bills by the Long Beach Democrat, including proposed regulations and reforms for illegal taxicabs and alcoholic-beverage licensing.
Oropeza measures that will take effect Jan. 1 are:
Senate Bill 104, which will require the California Air Resources Board, or CARB, to regulate nitrogen trifluoride, or NF3, as a greenhouse gas. The gas, which is used in manufacturing electronics, was found in a UC Irvine study to be 17,000 times more harmful to the environment than carbon dioxide.
SB 124 will reinforce a CARB regulation requiring bus drivers to turn off idling engines within 100 feet of a school.
SB 148 will require medical providers that operate mammogram machines to conspicuously post notices of serious violations.
SB 112 will revise California's hemodialysis technician training to comply with federal regulations.
SB 24 will make permanent a temporary law that defines all cargo theft as grand theft.
SB 572 (co-authored by Oropeza) will designate May 22 as Harvey Milk Day in honor of the slain gay-rights leader, a San Francisco supervisor.
The governor vetoed the following Oropeza measures:
SB 201 would have set a $1,250 penalty
SB 248 would have required public schools and colleges to post the list of rights afforded under under Title IX, which requires equality in athletic programs, on the district or campus Web sites.
SB 415 would have automatically allowed local governments more time to review applications for alcoholic beverage licenses.