New contractors oversight law after Berkeley balcony collapse

FILE- In this Wednesday, June 17, 2015 file photo, a worker measures near the remaining wood from an apartment building balcony that collapsed in Berkeley, Calif. The balcony broke loose from the building during a 21st birthday party early Tuesday, killing several people and seriously injuring others. The seven Irish students who survived the collapse remain hospitalized in varying states of recovery nearly a week later. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
FILE- In this Wednesday, June 17, 2015 file photo, a worker measures near the remaining wood from an apartment building balcony that collapsed in Berkeley, Calif. The balcony broke loose from the building during a 21st birthday party early Tuesday, killing several people and seriously injuring others. The seven Irish students who survived the collapse remain hospitalized in varying states of recovery nearly a week later. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

SACRAMENTO (KRON)—Governor Jerry Brown signed a contractors oversight bill Thursday morning that is aimed at closing gaps of information found after the Berkeley balcony collapse last year.

Brown signed the bill in a private ceremony with the family of the Bay Area student who died.

Irish dignitaries representing the five exchange students killed and seven injured when a balcony collapsed at a Berkeley apartment building.

“This bill is an important step toward preventing another tragedy,” said Governor Brown in a statement.

The new law goes into effect January 1.

The balcony collapse happened during a 21st birthday celebration inside an apartment on Kittredge St.

Thirteen people plunged about 40 feet onto the street after a fourth floor balcony collapsed.

The firm that built the apartment building had several construction defect settlements that cost up to $26.5 million.

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