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Governor approves spouse protection bill

July 10, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a bill to protect men and woman from vengeful spouses.The governor on Friday signed AB2674 by Assemblyman Marty Block, a Democrat from San Diego.

The bill states that spouses who solicit the murder of their husband or wife will not be entitled to collect benefits in divorce proceedings.

The bill was inspired by a Pomona police detective John Pomroy. His ex-wife collected about $70,000 from the couple's estate after she was convicted of soliciting a hit man to murder him in 2003.

Until now, California's no-fault divorce code was silent on such efforts. A couple's shared assets are usually split evenly during a divorce.

The bill takes effect in January.

AP contributed to this report.