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.