Senate Bill 1691 went to Governor Schwarzenegger’s desk, and he vetoed the bill. The law would have made significant changes to the California Mechanic’s Lien Law – but for the time being, the legislative efforts to make changes to the state’s laws have failed.
Considering the governor’s non-substantive veto message (which was copied and pasted to a number of different bills), it’s safe to assume that the matter will be re-examined in future legislative sessions.
For the time being, however, the California lien laws will remain unchanged.
The governor’s veto message was:
“I am returning Senate Bill 1691 without my signature. The historic delay in passing the 2008-2009 State Budget has forced me to prioritize the bills sent to my desk at the end of the year’s legislative session. Given the delay, I am only signing bills that are the highest priority for California. This bill does not meet that standard and I cannot sign it at this time.”
Zlien will monitor California’s efforts to make changes to the California mechanic’s lien law.