The measure requires at least one female director on the board of each
The Democratic governor referenced the objections and legal concerns that the law has raised. The
"I don't minimize the potential flaws that indeed may prove fatal to its ultimate implementation," Brown wrote in a signing statement. "Nevertheless, recent events in
It is one of several measures affecting women that Brown signed Sunday, his last opportunity to approve or veto laws before the term-limited governor leaves office. He also approved legislation requiring smaller employers to provide sexual harassment training and banning secret settlements related to sexual assault and harassment.
But he vetoed a bill that would have required
Brown's actions come as the #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct led to a reckoning nationwide that has ousted men from power. The latest high-profile allegations are against Supreme Court nominee
The author of the
Having more women on the boards also will make companies more successful, state Sen.
A fourth of publicly held corporations with headquarters in
"This is one of the last bastions of total male domination," she said. "We know that the public and business are not being well-served by this level of discrimination."
"It creates a challenge for a board on achieving broader diversity goals," said
The law applies to companies that report having their principal executive offices in
The law also requires companies to report their board composition to the
Some European countries, including
Brown stopped short on Sunday of making
The public schools now refer students to outside providers. Abortion rights advocates said that made it difficult for women without a car and also expensive because many private providers do not accept student insurance.
A group of private donors, some of them anonymous, had vowed to pay for up to
Abortions using medication are induced by taking two pills, which can be given up to 10 weeks into a pregnancy. One pill is administered in the clinic and a second drug is taken later at home. The drugs induce bleeding similar to a miscarriage.
Leyva vowed to reintroduce the bill under
"I am hopeful that our incoming Legislature and governor will agree that the right to choose isn't just a slogan, but rather a commitment to improving true access to abortion for students across