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Of all the ways to lobby a governor, sending flower arrangements, it would seem, is the gentlest.

They could also be considered gifts, however. So as Gov. Jerry Brown wades through hundreds of bills in this bill-signing season, his office today asked one group to stop its deliveries, the group said.

The offending gerberas, carnations and assorted other flowers are from the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, which said it sent arrangements to the Democratic governor's Sacramento and Los Angeles offices to encourage him to sign Assembly Bill 889.

The legislation, by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, would afford domestic workers overtime pay, rest periods and other state labor protections.

"They view them as a gift," the coalition's Joseph Villela said. "They cannot accept gifts, so therefore they have to donate them."

The governor's office was polite about it, Villela said, but "they have respectfully requested us to stop."

The disposition of the already-delivered flowers is unclear, but the group said today that they will keep coming every day - until the end of the month, or until Brown signs the bill.


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