Members of The Manuscript Society will be relieved to learn, as I was, that on October 12, California Assembly Bill 228 was signed into law.  The legislation exempts manuscripts, correspondence, autographed books, as well as ephemera not related to sports or entertainment, from the onerous provisions of a previous autograph law. Individual Society members wrote letters in support of AB228. As the society’s president and representative I also wrote supporting this bill which would impact so many of our California members. However, we should recognize the tremendous efforts of the ABAA for raising awareness of the ramifications of the previous law, as well as for hiring a lobbyist to support legislative efforts.  The IOBA was also instrumental in the fight, assisted by numerous other organizations including the Ephemera Society, PADA, and The Grolier Club. It was a national effort! For those interested in seeing the specifics of the new legislation, the complete text of the law can be read via the following link:  https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB228  The link takes you to the official California Legislative Information website, an authoritative source.  There are many collectors who are breathing a sigh of relief with the passage of the new law! – Michael Dabrishus.

 

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