VETOED	DATE: 09/30/2012

To the Members of the California State Assembly:

I am returning Assembly Bill 2346 without my signature.

California's current outdoor heat standards are the most stringent in
the nation, and compliance with them has been improving each
year-from a low of 32% in 2006 to more than 80% in 2012.

I am convinced that these standards should be improved, but this bill
is flawed: it would create through legislation a new enforcement
structure that would single out agricultural employers and burden the
courts with private lawsuits.  I believe the regulatory process is
more flexible and the better way to improve standards for farm

My administration stands ready to help, but ongoing litigation about
past enforcement practices continues to drain resources away from
improving the existing heat standards
and ongoing enforcement.


Edmund G. Brown Jr.