Governor approves spouse protection bill

SACRAMENTO, Calif. 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.

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