A stalker who sneaks into the home of his victim and watches her sleep could spend a year in jail under a new law that takes effect next year. The stalker measure was among dozens of bills that Gov. Gray Davis' office announced Wednesday had been signed or vetoed.
They are some of the hundreds of bills the Legislature sent the Democratic governor before it adjourned for the year on Aug. 31. He has until Sept. 30 to sign or veto the rest.
Davis said he vetoed a bill that would have required couples about to get married to be given a fact sheet on the legal rights and responsibilities of marriage and a measure that would have limited credit-card marketing on state college campuses.
The anti-stalking bill, by Sen. Adam Schiff, D-Burbank, creates a new crime called "aggravated trespass." It would apply when a stalker goes into the home of the victim between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
The penalty would be a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. The penalty for normal trespass, when someone goes into the home of another without consent, is six months in jail.
Davis also signed anti-stalking laws that allow stalking victims to keep their addresses confidential the way domestic violence victims already can, require police and parole officers to be trained about stalking and require stalker victims to be notified when their stalker is paroled and changes his address.