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Blakeslee hospital bill passes Assembly and Senate
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Barring a veto by Gov. Jerry Brown, it will soon be a misdemeanor to bring contraband into California state hospitals for the mentally ill.

Both houses of the Legislature unanimously approved San Luis Obispo Sen. Sam Blakeslee’s SB 796, which makes it a misdemeanor for any visitor to a state hospital to bring in an unauthorized wireless communication device, tobacco products, or currency. If convicted, violators could be punished by a fine of $1,000 for each item.