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SACRAMENTO (KTLA) -- Gov. Jerry Brown tackled a cluster of bills Sunday, among them a law that will now allow minors to get vaccinated for sexually transmitted diseases without their parents' consent.

Authored by Assemblywoman Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), AB499 will let minors as young as 12 the power to seek medical treatment for the human papillomavirus, which has been linked to certain cancers, precancerous cervical cell changes and genital warts.

The HPV vaccine consists of a series of three injections over a six-month period.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cervical cancer is the second leading cancer killer of women in the world and nearly 70 percent of cases are linked to strains of HPV that can be treated by vaccines.

The CDC has recently recommended that girls begin treatment as young as 11 in order to increase the likelihood of vaccination before having sexual contact.

Under the new bill, minors will also be allowed to receive other STD prevention treatments.

California now joins a list of states embroiled in a national debate over child vaccinations, including Texas, where Governor and presidential hopeful Rick Perry has recently taken criticism for attempting to pass a similar law in 2007.

Brown also passed a bill Sunday that would ban the use of tanning beds by anyone under the age of 18.

The measure was backed by groups including the California STD Controllers Assn., the Health Officers Assn. of California, ACT for Women and Girls and the American Civil Liberties Union.