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Provides safe, government-run injection sites to prevent overdose and disease
Author: Talamantes Eggman
Co-authors: Wiener, Friedman, Lara
4,654 people died of drug overdoses in 2016 in California alone, according to the Center for Disease Control. AB 186 would authorize local governments to operate safe, hygienic, and secure injection sites for IV drug users and protect users and staff from prosecution. Permitting local governments to start these pilot programs would also prevent needless overdoses by managing dosages and prevent the transmission of HIV and Hepatitis B and C by assuring access to clean needles. Additionally, the sites would refer people to treatment and housing services.
Prohibits hospitals from discharging unhoused patients into unsafe conditions
Co-authors: Gloria, Mitchell
Many hospitalized, unhoused people are often at risk of being discharged out into extreme weather or other unsafe conditions, making them even more vulnerable to worsened illness. SB 1152 would create a hospital discharge planning process for patients experiencing homelessness that takes into account the unique medical and social service needs of these individuals by mandating hospitals discharge homeless patients to a primary residence, health facility, or shelter facility that has agreed to accept them. SB 1152 would also require discharge planning for patients experiencing homelessness to ensure that the patient is clothed, has been offered screening for communicable disease, and has been offered enrollment assistance for affordable health care options.
Prohibits a person from purchasing more than one long gun per month
Despite having some of the strongest gun safety legislation in the country, California still suffered from over 300 mass shootings in 2018. Currently, Californians are only permitted to purchase one handgun every 30 days. SB 1177 would prohibit a person from purchasing more than one long gun per month, aligning California law for both types of firearms.
Ends the transport of oil from offshore drilling facilities to the state
Authors: Jackson, Lara
Co-authors: McGuire, Muratsuchi, Allen, Bloom, Stern, Wiener
The Trump administration has been actively attempting to increase offshore drilling efforts across the American coastline — including off California’s shores. SB 834 and AB 1775 would protect California’s coastline, environment, and economy by putting a stop to new offshore oil and gas drilling and production and making it nearly impossible to transport oil from offshore facilities.
Sets a goal of 100% clean energy in California by 2045
Author: De León
Co-authors: Allen, Beall, Berman, Bonta, Carrillo, Chiu, Dodd, Friedman, Gabriel, Gloria, Gonzalez, Irwin, Jackson, Kalra, Lara, Levine, Limón, McCarty, Monning, Muratsuchi, Pan, Quirk, Reyes, Rivas, Santiago, Skinner, Mark Stone, Thurmond, Ting, Wieckowski
As the world’s fifth-largest economy and a global leader in environmental protections, California has the ability to move toward 100% clean energy. SB 100 acknowledges this and sets a goal for California to transition to 100% clean energy by 2045.
Raises the minimum age to purchase a long-gun to 21 years old
Co-authors: Bonta, Gipson, Gonzalez, Wiener, Skinner
Despite having some of the strongest gun safety legislation in the country, California still suffered from over 300 mass shootings in 2018. Existing law prohibits the sale or transfer of a handgun to anyone under 21 years old. SB 1100 raises the minimum age to purchase a long-gun to 21 years old, making both the law concerning handguns and long-guns consistent.
Ends the transport of oil from offshore drilling facilities to the state
Author: Muratsuchi, Limón
The Trump administration has been actively attempting to increase offshore drilling efforts across the American coastline — including off California’s shores. AB 1775 and SB 834 would protect California’s coastline, environment, and economy by putting a stop to new offshore oil and gas drilling and production and making it nearly impossible to transport oil from offshore facilities.
Protects people from being unfairly sentenced for murders they didn’t commit
Authors: Skinner, Anderson
Co-authors: Gipson, Bonta, Burke, Medina, Wiener
Current California law states that someone can be held criminally liable for murder if it occurs during a felony they committed, even if they were not present for the actual death. This results in hundreds of people being jailed for murders they didn’t commit. SB 1437 would ensure that a person can only be convicted of felony murder if they were directly involved with the crime and would reduce the number of people unfairly sentenced.
Requires state agencies to identify ways to reduce air pollution
While we need to bring more renewable energy onto our electric grid, we cannot allow the transition to clean energy to unjustly impose more burdens on communities already suffering from pollution that fossil fuel and natural gas production have caused. SB 64 would require state agencies to work together to collect data and identify ways to reduce air pollution, specifically prioritizing reducing emissions in communities most impacted by climate change.
Provides information to residents potentially impacted by pollution in their language
Communities deserve the right to know when new pollution sources are proposed to be built in their neighborhoods. AB 2447 would protect environmentally vulnerable and economically disadvantaged communities from further degradation by mandating that land use notices be provided in the languages spoken by local residents.
Protects employees from being fired for being a victim of harassment
Authors: Gonzalez, Bonta
Currently, California’s labor code prevents discrimination or retaliation against victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. AB 3081 would also prohibit an employer from firing or otherwise discriminating or retaliating against an employee because of his or her status as a victim of sexual harassment, further expanding protections for victims of workplace harassment.
Requires law enforcement to notify the public when acquiring military equipment
Authors: Gloria, Chiu
The increased militarization of local law enforcement has made of our neighborhoods feel like warzones. AB 3131 would restore transparency and accountability by making sure that law enforcement agencies provide notice to the public before they decide to acquire military equipment.
Strengthens employer obligations to prevent workplace harassment
Despite the progress made in recent years to combat cultures of harassment and abuse, workplace harassment remains a pervasive issue. SB 1300 amends existing state law to strengthen training requirements and other employer obligations to prevent workplace harassment, requires employers provide employees with information on how to file harassment complaints, and removes barriers to workers bringing claims and speaking out against harassment and abuse.
Protects seasonal workers’ savings from debt collectors
Currently, individuals such as farm laborers, substitute teachers, janitors, and others who work seasonally are at risk of losing their savings to creditors during the off-season. SB 298 would protect two months’ worth of savings at the amount of the hourly minimum wage from being taken by debt collectors so that seasonal workers are not left bankrupt.
Prevents children under 12 years old from being tried in juvenile court
Authors: Mitchell, Lara
Currently, California lacks any law to prevent young children from being prosecuted as adults, leaving young children within the criminal justice system particularly vulnerable to prosecution and unfair convictions. SB 439 establishes 12 years as the minimum age for prosecution in juvenile court unless a minor younger than 12 has committed murder or rape.
Mandates that law enforcement publicly provide recordings of lethal force incidents
Co-authors: Carrillo, Jones-Sawyer
AB 748 would mandate that, if requested, law enforcement agencies publicly provide audio and visual recordings of incidents in which lethal force was used. With so many jurisdictions and departments all over California, transparency and accountability would increase dramatically if body camera footage were made more available to the public.
Restores the court’s ability to decrease sentence enhancements for prior convictions
Authors: Mitchell, Lara
Co-authors: Kalra, Beall, Bradford, Carrillo, Jones-Sawyer, Quirk, Skinner, Weber
California’s severe sentence enhancements for prior convictions keeps inmates imprisoned for much longer than they should have to serve time. SB 1393 would restore the court’s discretion to slash the five-year sentence enhancements for prior serious felony convictions.
Provides public access to records regarding police misconduct
Co-authors: Lara, Bradford, Glazer, Hill, Jones-Sawyer, McCarty, Mitchell, Moorlach, M. Stone, Weber, Wieckowski
Police departments across the state have traditionally acted with little accountability and transparency, especially in cases of sexual assault, planting evidence and lying, and racist uses of lethal force. SB 1421 provides the public access to records regarding police misconduct, deadly and serious uses of force, and sexual assault.
Protects personal data from being used to deport Californians
Californians’ personal data is often collected and stored by the state to help state agencies serve the public, but the data has also been used to aid mass deportations and religious registries. SB 244 would enhance privacy and confidentiality protections in state databases to ensure that personal data is only used to assess eligibility for and to provide public services. It would also prohibit disclosure of personal data from the California Department of Motor Vehicles database except in cases of warranted requests.
Reinstates net neutrality in California
Authors: De León, Wiener
Co-authors: Santiago, Bonta
After the Trump administration moved to slash net neutrality’s protections for consumers, California legislators attempted to protect net neutrality with state legislation. SB 460 would reinstate net neutrality in CA and prohibit broadband providers from charging website access fees.
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