Pending Federal and California Legislation Related to Race and Justice
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Pending Federal and California Legislation Related to Race and Justice

This information was last updated on July 13, 2020.

Federal Legislation

On June 8, 2020, House Democrats unveiled the Justice in Policing Act related to police reform. A detailed summary of the bill can be found here.

On June 17, 2020, House Republicans unveiled the Justice Act related to police reform. Details can be found here.

Current California Legislature

The CA Legislature is currently debating several proposals related to issues of race and equality. These bills have until August 31st to be passed by the Legislature. Please contact your local Assembly member and State Senator to support these bills. Access information on who represents your area and how to contact them.

  • ACA 5 (Weber) Government Preference. Passage of this measure would place a ballot measure before the voters to overturn Proposition 209 of 1996, which eliminated Affirmative Action programs in public employment, public education, and public contracting. Status: Passed by the Legislature and will be on the November 2020 ballot.
  • AB 1550 (Bonta) Discriminatory 911 Calls. This bill designates 911 calls that were motivated by a person's race, disability and sexual orientation or other protected class, as a hate crime. This bill will also provide for a civil remedy for those harmed by discriminatory calls.
  • AB 1185 (McCarty) Officer Oversight: Sheriff Oversight Board - Allows counties to establish sheriff oversight boards and to establish an office of inspector general to assist the board with its duties.
  • AB 1196 (Gipson) Peace Officers: Use of Force. This bill will make is illegal to use a carotid artery restraint and chokeholds to detain a suspect.
  • AB 2043 (Rivas, Robert) Occupational Safety and Health: Agricultural Employers and Employees: COVID-19 Response.  This bill will protect California's agricultural workers by disseminating and adopting health and safety best practices, including the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and physical distancing, which will result in keeping our workforce and food supply chain safe.
  • AB 3070 (Weber) Juries: Peremptory Challenges.  This bill will prohibit a party from using a peremptory challenge to remove a prospective juror on the basis of the prospective juror’s race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, or religious affiliation.
  • AB 3121 (Weber) Task Force to Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans. This bill establishes a task force to study the issue of reparations for African Americans. The task force will recommend appropriate ways to disseminate their findings and will also be  required to recommend appropriate remedies , such as how any form of compensation should be awarded and who shall be eligible.
  • AB 3228 (Bonta) Private Detention Facilities. This bill ensures that detention facilities abide by and uphold basic human rights and standards in the treatment of civil detainees. The bill also provides for a cause of action in state court for any violations of the agreed upon standards.
  • SB 1111(Durazo) Juveniles: Detention Facilities. This bill repeals specified provisions of law that authorize the detention of minors in an adult facility, and instead requires any person whose case originated in juvenile court, to remain in a county juvenile facility until they turn 21 years of age, in most circumstances.
  • AB 1299 (Salas) Peace Officers: Employment. Requires law enforcement agencies to complete misconduct investigations and to notify the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training so that this information can be shared with future hiring agencies.
  • SCR 92 (Pan) Racism as a Public Health Crisis. This bill allows the Legislature to declare racism as a public health crisis and to urge the Governor to approach laws and regulations with an anti-racist, equity-driven focus.
  • SB 203 (Bradford) Juveniles: Custodial Interrogation. Prevents the police from interrogating minors up to 17 without legal counsel.
  • SB 731 (Bradford) Public Employment. Creates a statewide process for de-certifying law enforcement officers as a result of termination for misconduct or the conviction of specified crimes.
  • AB 66 (Gonzalez) Police Use of Force. This bill will set clear standards on the use of rubber bullets and other "less lethal" weapons by law enforcement.
  • AB 465 (Eggman) Mental Health Workers: Supervision. This bill will require that any program that works in collaboration with, or in place of law enforcement, to require a licensed mental health clinician to supervise any mental health work.
  • AB 1506 (McCarty) Police Use of Force. This bill will create a division in the Department of Justice (DOJ) to, at the request of a law enforcement agency, review the use-of-force policy and make recommendations. This bill also provides for the creation of a division within DOJ to conduct an independent investigation, upon the request of a law enforcement agency, of any officer-involved shooting or the use of force that resulted in the death of a civilian. DOJ would be able to criminally prosecute an officer if they have violated the law.
  • AB 2542 (Kalra) California Racial Justice Act. This bill will prohibit the state from seeking or obtaining a criminal conviction, or from imposing a sentence, based upon race, ethnicity or national origin. The bill also allows for a person charged or convicted of a crime to challenge racial bias in their case.

Related Past California Legislation

  • AB 392 (Weber) Use of Force. This bill, passed in 2019, redefined the use of force by police officers to only be used if officers or the public face an imminent threat of death or serious bodily injury.
  • SB 10 (Hertzberg) Bail Reform.  This bill was passed in 2018, outlawed cash bail and replaced it with an evidence based assessment of risk. There will be a referendum on the November 2020 ballot to overturn this law and the current provisions are on hold.
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