On October 14, 2017, the Governor issued a veto of AB 530. I wrote about that bill here. AB 530 would have brought peace officers under PERB’s jurisdiction. However, the bill also provided that peace officers could still seek injunctive relief in court without having to go through PERB. It was for this latter reason that I opposed this bill.
In his veto message, the Governor stated:
I am returning Assembly Bill 530 without my signature. This bill authorizes peace officers to bring unfair practice charges to the Public Employment Relations Board while preserving their existing right to directly petition a superior court for injunctive relief. No other group has both of these rights and I’m unconvinced that providing such a unique procedure is warranted.