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Smartphone Kill-Switch Bill by Mark Leno and George Gascon

Supervisor David Chiu might be courting the roller disco vote as he jockeys for state Assembly, but District Attorney George Gascon and Sen. Mark Leno have found an even more appealing cause célèbre for a city beset by gadget theft. Their new kill-switch bill, which cleared its first Senate committee hearing in April, will require all manufacturers to bake anti-theft technology into their mobile devices, so that consumers have to "opt out," rather than opt in. If passed into law, this would be among the first concerted efforts to curb smartphone robbery, commonly known as "Apple picking," on a statewide level; legislators in New York, Minnesota, and Illinois are pushing similar bills.

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