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Arnold scorecard

Lots of people want to know what kind of a governor Arnold is, and this list of bills vetoed, and bills signed helps define him.

Some notables:

Vetoes:

FOREIGN JOBS: Five labor-backed bills by Democrats that sought to track and curb the movement of jobs overseas. One bill would have banned state agencies from contracting with companies that "outsource" jobs. Another would have required California companies to annually report how many people they employ outside the United States. (AB 1829, AB 2715, AB 3021, SB 888, SB 1492)

MINIMUM WAGE: A bill that would have raised the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $7.75 an hour in July 2006. (AB 2832 by Assemblywoman Sally Lieber, D-Mountain View)

Approvals:

CARPOOL LANES: A bill allowing solo drivers of hybrid vehicles to use carpool lanes. It applies to cars that get at least 45 miles per gallon, including the Honda Civic Hybrid, Honda Insight and Toyota Prius. (AB 2628 by Assemblywoman Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills)

MEXICAN TRUCKS: A bill requiring trucks crossing into California to meet national emissions standards. The bill was written in response to a U.S. Supreme Court decision that could open the border to more than 30,000 trucks from Mexico. (AB 1009 by Assemblywoman Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills)

NEEDLES: A bill allowing pharmacists to sell up to 10 hypodermic needles without a prescription. The governor said the law would help stop the spread of HIV, hepatitis and other blood-borne diseases among drug users. (SB 1159 by Sen. John Vasconcellos, D-Santa Clara)

OLD CARS: A bill ending the exemption on smog checks that cars at least 30 years old now get and requiring emissions tests for all vehicles made since 1976. (AB 2683 by Assemblywoman Sally Lieber, D-Mountain View)

And the "Prison Riot Inducing Bill of 2004" was also signed into law:

SMOKING: A bill banning smoking by inmates and guards in California prisons starting in July 2005. (AB 384 by Assemblyman Tim Leslie, R-Tahoe City)

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