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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.
Expands government oversight of health plan mergers to protect consumers
The negative impacts health insurance mergers have on consumers — such as spikes in premium costs — are serious but can be mitigated by increasing oversight and accountability. AB 595 would provide that accountability by improving and expanding state oversight over health plan mergers by requiring insurance companies to receive authorization from the California Department of Managed Healthcare before a merger.
Expands the groups of people who can seek a firearm restraining order
Authors: Ting, Muratsuchi, Reyes
Currently, family members and law enforcement may make a request to the court when they believe someone is a danger to themselves or others. If a judge agrees, that person must temporarily give up possession of their firearms and is banned from buying new ones, generally for 21 days. AB 2888 would add employers, coworkers, high school and college staff, and mental health workers to the list of individuals who can seek this type of restraining order.
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.
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.
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.
Requires immigration consultants to be state- or federally-authorized
authors: Caballero, Gonzalez
co-authors: Gipson, Wiener
Many immigrants are often prone to fraud when obtaining services from unqualified immigration consultants. AB 638 would protect immigrants by only allowing state-authorized lawyers and paralegals or federally-authorized representatives from engaging in immigration consultation.
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.
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