Weekend wonkery… Help us choose state bills to follow!

Action – Help nominate bills for CA StateStrong to push through to the finish line!

The Indivisible coalition “CA State Strong” is choosing important grassroots bills to follow and promote through our state’s complicated legislative process and Indivisible Ventura has the opportunity to send in 10 of our favorites for consideration. Check here for this year’s crop of new legislative proposals. Email your picks to indivisibleventura@gmail.com by end of day Monday, 2/25 (if you have an explanation why a bill is so important to you, send that too) and we’ll send them in. Yes, even for the perpetual civics class we now live in, this IS an extremely wonky activity.

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Tues 8/28: CA legislative update. Your calls killed AB 84! Let’s get net neutrality and police use-of-force over the finish line.

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!

AB 84

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:

Continue reading “Tues 8/28: CA legislative update. Your calls killed AB 84! Let’s get net neutrality and police use-of-force over the finish line.”

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

Hey, Governor Brown, don’t forget to sign these!

1. Sign the Disarm Hate Act AB 785

Minimal script: I’m calling to ask Gov. Brown to sign the Disarm Hate Act (AB 785).

More script if you want it: It makes no sense that those convicted of violent misdemeanors are prohibited from possessing or acquiring firearms for ten years. but those convicted of a hate crime misdemeanor still get to keep their guns. Both sets are people

Governor Brown:  (916) 445-2841

More info: http://www.bradycampaign.org/sites/default/files/BradyCampaign-FACT-SHEET-AB-785.pdf

2. Sign the Reproductive Health Nondiscrimination Act (AB 569)

Minimal script: I’m calling to ask Gov. Brown to sign the Reproductive Health Nondiscrimination Act (AB 569).

More script if you want it: I do not believe that it should be legal in California for employers to fire a woman for being pregnant and unmarried, or using contraception, or employing in vitro fertilization, or having an abortion.

Governor Brown:  (916) 445-2841

More Info: http://www.cwlc.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/CWLC-SB-569-Letter-of-Support.pdf