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

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 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. Status: On the Governor's Desk.
  • 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. Status: On the Governor's Desk.
  • 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. Status: On the Governor's Desk.
  • 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. Status: On the Governor's Desk.
  • 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. Status: On the Governor's Desk.
  • 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. Status: On the Governor's Desk.
  • 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. Status: On the Governor's Desk.
  • SB 203 (Bradford) Juveniles: Custodial Interrogation. Prevents the police from interrogating minors up to 17 without legal counsel.  Status: On the Governor's Desk.
  • AB 465 (Eggman) Mental Health Workers: Supervision. Requires any program that permits mental health professionals to respond to emergency mental health crisis calls in collaboration with law enforcement, shall be supervised by a licensed mental health professional. Status: On the Governor's Desk.
  • 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 requires a state prosecutor to investigate incidents of an officer-involved shooting resulting in the death of an unarmed civilian. Status: On the Governor's Desk.
  • 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. Status: On the Governor's Desk.
  • AB 826 (Santiago) Emergency Food Assistance: Undocumented Persons. This bill establishes a program to provide emergency food assistance. The program would require, upon the appropriation of funds, to provide a one-time use, prepaid card preloaded with $600 for use at retailers that sell groceries to any adult who self-attests to eligibility for specified assistance programs. Status: On the Governor's Desk.
  • AB 1775 (Jones-Sawyer) 911 Emergency System: Harassment. This bill would impose a fine or misdemeanor on any person who knowingly uses the 911 emergency system for the purpose of harassing another. Status: On the Governor's Desk.
  • AB 2054 (Kamlager) Emergency Services: Grant Program. This bill would create the Community Response Initiative to Strengthen Emergency Systems (CRISES) Act which allows for community organizations to be in the role of first responder, for certain calls involving homelessness, mental health, domestic abuse, and other situations that would be better served by community-based response teams centered on culturally appropriate, trauma-informed, and relationship-building services. Status: On the Governor's Desk.

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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