Signed, sealed, vetoed: Newsom says no to free condoms for HS students

Here’s what Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed and vetoed after the 2023 legislative session concluded.

With the California Legislature having concluded business in mid-September, Gov. Gavin Newsom is parcelling through the litany of bills seeking his signature.

Some, in particular, have grabbed a bevy of headlines en route to his desk.


Newsom approved: Gov. Gavin Newsom signed off on bills that…

  • Allow legislative staffers to unionize.
  • Require the CSU to post annual reports on sexual harassment reports filed within each campus and Chancellor’s office with breakdown of investigations, including length of time to begin and conclude investigations.
  • Allows retired nurses to maintain a license and perform volunteer work.

Newsom skeptical: Gov. Gavin Newsom vetoed bills that would have…

  • Legalized psychedelic drugs including magic mushrooms and DMT. The bill has taken multiple iterations and legislative session attempts by San Francisco Sen. Scott Weiner to get to Newsom’s desk.
  • Capped the price of insulin at $35 for a 30-day supply. Newsom argued that California’s state-produced insulin is soon to hit the market at $30 for a 10ml vial of insulin.
  • Established independent redistricting commissions in cities and counties with a population exceeding 300,000 people, arguing that the bill would create a state-funded liability in the tens of millions. Beyond the veto, two Valley counties – Fresno and Kern – have had independent redistricting commissions separately established through laws enacted by the California Legislature.
  • Require public high schools to make free condoms available to all students and ban retailers for refusing to sell the contraceptive to minors.
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