Proposed bill would kill iPhone sales in California

A proposed bill, similar to a New York draft law, would prevent companies like Apple from selling its encryption-enabled iPhone in California.

California assembly member Jim Cooper introduced the legislation (bill 1681) which requires any smartphone manufactured "on or after July 1, 2015, and sold in California after that date" to be "capable of being decrypted and unlocked by its manufacturer or its operating system provider.” 

Any smartphone that couldn't be decrypted on-demand would subject a seller to a $2,500 fine. If the bill becomes law, there would be a near-blanket ban on nearly all iPhones and many Android devices across the state, notes ZDNet. The bill must pass the assembly and the state senate, and be signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown.