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.
If you haven’t called on these yet, do it this morning! This is most likely their last day.
Items in BLUE are new to this list today!
(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.)
Good news – You did it!
AB 84 is dead! – Look how close this bill, that would have drastically changed CA campaign finance law for the worse, came to passing!
It would have permitted caucus leaders to make unlimited contributions for independent expenditures for and against candidates of their choosing, not necessarily the candidate endorsed by their party. It would have dramatically expanded the influence of undesirable special interests like fossil fuels, charter school, and the private prison industry and was 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.
Instead, it has been officially ordered to the inactive file at the request of Senator Monning.
Our top priority bills:
Police reform: Still live!
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.
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: – Still live!
- 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-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 120 (Water Conveyance) This bill focuses on saving the Mojave aquifer and will be voted on today. Federal scientists have determined that the Cadiz water mining project would extract 25 times the water it replaces, so the Obama administration did not approve it. Trump, however, reversed that, then Cadiz hired influential former friends, colleagues and staffers of key legislators to lobby for them against this bill and now the desert’s ecosystem is at risk. It’s currently under Joint Rule 62(a), the requirement it be noticed in the Daily File for four days prior to committee hearings where they will be considered.
- SB-1260 (Fire prevention and protection: prescribed burns) authorizes federal, state and local agencies to engage in collaborative forestry management and remove barriers to prescribed burns. This bill is critical for long-term forest health and wildfire resiliency. The bill was introduced by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, who says it “clears the path for greater and more frequent wildfire fuel reduction and prescribed burns, which will help protect communities throughout the state from catastrophic wildfires.” SB-1260 is endorsed by the Sierra Club. It’s been ordered to its third reading.
- SB-1335 (Solid waste: food service packaging) would help California meet its waste diversion goals by ensuring that all disposable food packaging provided at food service facilities at a state park or beach are recyclable or compostable. The intention is to reduce the amount of plastic litter spoiling our oceans and parks. This bill is endorsed by the Sierra Club. It’s been ordered to its third reading.
- For a full list of Sierra Club endorsements, go here.
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, SB 1013, SB 120, SB 1260, SB 1335.
Net Neutrality -Still live: (update: Twitter Storm 8-9 tonight here)
SB 822 and SB 460 (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,Ordered to its third reading. Jackson voted ‘YES’ on previus third reading) We did a post on this here.
SB 460 is a partner to SB 822. It prohibits a state agency from contracting with an internet service provider unless the provider is in full compliance with broadband internet access requirement of SB 822. It’s stuck, so call, call, call.
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 and SB 460.
Political Reform Bills (update: Twitter Storm 8-9 tonight here)
AB-2188 (Social Media DISCLOSE Act) requires online social media platforms to disclose information regarding the funders of political advertisements and to keep a database of the political ads they run. This measure builds upon the California DISCLOSE Act (2017 AB 249) efforts of fortifying campaign finance disclosure requirements. It’s been read second time. Ordered to third reading.
Miminal script for state senators: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want to thank Sen. [___] for voting approve AB-2188.
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 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”.
Miminal script for state senators: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want to thank Sen. [___] for voting “NO” on AB 813, and AB 33.
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.
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.
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