California Governor Gavin Newsom has vetoed the highly-controversial AB 624, which would have mandated that student identification cards of children in grades 7 to 12 at public schools and charter schools have printed on them a “telephone number for a local resource that provides sexual and reproductive health care information.”

Newsom, in his veto message, wrote, “I do not support, however, burdening schools with the job of investigating local reproductive health agencies as this bill would require. There are many agencies across this state that refuse to give women information about all of their reproductive health care options, and I am not persuaded that schools have the appropriate expertise to decide which of these organizations they should direct their students to. Furthermore, I believe the time and money that would be spent on this activity would be better used improving teaching and learning as well as meeting the existing requirements of the California Healthy Youth Act.”

The above comes from an Oct. 13 release by