Wed 8/22: CA legislative update. The deadline for ALL bills is close!

It’s the home stretch for the California state legislature who will be voting on all bills on the floor of both chambers between now and the deadline of August 31st.

(For those unfamiliar with how bills are passed in CA, here is a description of each stage on a bill’s little red and green flow chart, found under the “status” tab. Here is the main page link for CA legislation.)

Our top priority bills:

Police reform:

  • AB 3131 (police demilitarization) – Read second time. Ordered to third reading in the Senate. Jackson was a “YES” in committee) We did an posting on this here. and Indivisible did this one on all three of these bills.AB 3131

  • AB 931 (deadly use of force policy) Re-referred to Com. on RLS in the Senate. Jackson was a “YES” in committee. We did a posting here.AB 931

  • SB 1421 (police misconduct records) Read second time. Ordered to third reading in the Assembly. Jackson was a “YES” in the Senate, Limón not recorded. We did a posting here.
    SB 1421

Miminal script for state senators: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Sen. [___] to [continue to] vote “YES” on AB 3131, and AB 931.

Minimal script for assembly members: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Assemblymember [___] to vote “YES” on SB 1421.

Climate: 

  • SB 100 (100% renewable by 2045) Ordered to third reading in the Assembly. Jackson was a “YES” in the Senate, Limón was a “YES” in committee.SB-100
  • SB-1013 (the CA Cooling Act) would phase out climate super-pollutants known as “HFCs” or hydrofluorocarbons.  These pollutants are the fastest growing source of greenhouse emissions in California and around the world. SB-1013 would commit California to reducing HFC emissions 40% by 2030, setting the toughest standard for HFCs in the nation. Read second time. Ordered to third reading in the Assembly. Jackson voted “YES” to pass the Senate. Limón voted “YES” in committee.
    SB 1013

Miminal script for state senators: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want to thank Sen. [___] for voting to approve SB 100 and SB 1013.

Minimal script for assembly members: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Assemblymember [___] to vote “YES” on SB 100 and SB 1013.

Net Neutrality:

  • SB 822 (net neutrality) needs your help because we’re up against corporate ISPs who are pouring money into killing this (From committee with author’s amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on C. & C. in Assembly, Jackson voted ‘YES’ on third reading) We did a post on this here.

SB 822

Miminal script for state senators: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want to thank Sen. [___] for voting approve SB 822.

Minimal script for assembly members: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Assemblymember [___] to vote “YES” on SB 822.

Bad Bills we’re hoping don’t succeed.

  • AB 813 (would give control of California’s electricity grid to the Trump administration) (Senate: Re-referred to Com. on RLS. – Jackson was a “NO” in the Senate Judiciary. Limón had been a “YES” on the assembly floor.) We did a post on this here. PLEASE, let the clock run out on this one.AB 813

  • AB 84 – (changes campaign financing rules) lifts the cap from $4,400 up to $36,000 for donations to California State Legislature political party committee leaders, and would permit these caucus leaders to make unlimited contributions for independent expenditures for and against candidates of their choosing, not necessarily the candidate endorsed by their party. This will dramatically expand the influence of undesirable special interests like fossil fuels, charter school, and the private prison industry. This bill is fast tracked and if approved, would be the biggest rollback of California’s strong campaign finance laws in a decade. AB-84 has been opposed by the League of Women Voters, Common Cause, and a host of other groups who oppose the influence of dark money in our politics. Limón had been a “YES” on the assembly floor. Read second time. Ordered to third reading. We’re looking to Jackson to say “NO’.

AB 84

  • AB 33 – (changes liability for utilities involved in CA wildfires) Governor Brown is fighting with utility companies to change CA’s liability laws to shield them from losses if they are found responsible for fire damages. From committee chair, with author’s amendments: Amend, and re-refer to committee. Read second time, amended, and re-referred to Com. on E., U. & C. in the Senate. We did a post on this here.  Limón voted “YES” on this. Ask Jackson to vote “NO”.

AB 33

Miminal script for state senators: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want to thank Sen. [___] for voting “NO” on AB 813, AB 83, and AB 33.

Losses

  • SB 10 (was a bail reform bill) Instead of stopping the evils of money bail, it replaces it with “a worse evil known as preventative detention, which, even for a misdemeanor,  allows a judge to jail a defendant based on whether that person presents a risk of flight or a danger to the public” based on the subjective determination of  judges rather than relying on a risk assessment tools. This law will allow virtually anyone accused of a crime to be ordered to jail to await trial, even if they are innocent, have been wrongfully arrested, pose no risk of flight and are not a threat to the community. We need to try again. This isn’t the bail reform we wanted, however, it passed. Now we can talk to Governor Brown about vetoing it. SB-10

Miminal script for Governor Brown: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want you to veto SB 10. This is not the bail reform bill we were asking for and actually makes our system more unjust.

Legislator Contacts

State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (SD-19): SAC (916) 651-4019, SB (805) 965-0862, OX (805)988-1940 email
State Assemblymember Monique Limón (CA-37): SAC (916) 319-2037, SB (805) 564-1649, VTA (805) 641-3700 email
Not your people?:findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov.

Gov. Brown:  916 445-2841,email

 

 

 

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