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STATE Assembly





Matt Dababneh made the Hall of Shame. The Hall of Shame includes the legislators most closely aligned with corporations and interest groups that exploit Californians. See all current Hall of Shame members here.

resigned on 12.31.17 due to sexual harassment allegations


  • 2016
  • 2015
  • Consumer Protection
  • Criminal Justice
  • Economic Justice
  • Education
  • Environmental Justice
  • Environmental Protection
  • Gender Equality
  • Gun Violence Prevention
  • Health
  • Housing
  • Immigration
  • LGBTQ Rights
  • Political Accountability
  • Racial Justice
  • Voting Rights
  • Workers' Rights
  • YES


    Safeguards against the closing of local hospitals


    author: Skinner

    The further a person needs to go to obtain emergency medical care, the more likely they are to suffer or even die. The problem is being exacerbated as hospitals close as their owners search for greater profits. SB 687 would mandate that non-profit hospitals — which are often profit-driven despite their tax status — receive written approval from the state Attorney General before closing their general care or emergency departments, creating a more robust chain of accountability and an increased ability to block these closures. (This bill is currently in the senate.)

  • YES


    Allows workers to return to work during the labor claim process


    author: Hertzberg
    co-author: Gonzalez Fletcher


    Previously, workers in California who filed a labor claim against their employers were not able to work while it was in process — a process that can take years. This places an unfair and heavy burden on workers. SB 306 provides those workers with the right to return to their jobs while the claim is being resolved. (This bill is now law.)

  • YES


    Mandates that police publicly publish their policies


    author: Bradford

    During recent years, when many unarmed citizens have been seriously injured or killed by police, public interest in police procedure and training has increased. With so many jurisdictions and departments all over California, transparency and accountability would increase dramatically if their policies and procedures were visible to the public. SB 345 would mandate that every law enforcement agency in the state publish on its website all “current standards, policies, practices, operating procedures, and education and training materials” by January 1, 2019. (This bill is currently in the senate.)

  • YES


    Requires environmental standard enforcement despite federal rollbacks


    authors: de Leon, Stern
    co-authors: Beall, Chiu, Dababneh, Friedman, Levine, McCarty, Skinner


    The Trump Administration has threatened to rollback or stop enforcing some of the federal regulations in the areas governing water, air, endangered species, and worker safety. SB 49 would require California state agencies to continue enforcing current standards if they are weakened by the President or Congress. (This bill is currently in the assembly.)

  • YES


    Makes California a sanctuary state for immigrants


    author: de León


    co-authors: Atkins, Beall, Bonta, Chiu, Cooper, Gomez, Levine, Pan, Reyes, Santiago, Skinner, Wiener


    In recent months, deportations have surged throughout the country, creating a culture of fear that has resulted in the separation of families, the terrorization of undocumented workers, and division in communities. SB 54 makes California a sanctuary state — ensuring that state funds will not be used to tear apart families and that law enforcement does not participate in mass deportations. (This bill is now law.)

  • YES


    Mandates all new developments undergo environmental review


    author: Medina
    co-author: Gonzalez Fletcher


    Housing developments that are approved by voters via ballot initiatives are allowed to skip the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) process. CEQA is a key step in evaluating the environmental impact of large construction projects. AB 890 would require developers to undergo full CEQA review and bans local governments from approving such projects outright. (This bill was vetoed by Governor Brown.)

  • YES


    Helps the formerly incarcerated gain employment


    authors: McCarty, Gipson, Holden, Reyes, Weber
    co-author: Bradford


    In 2013, California passed a ‘Ban the Box’ law, forbidding most employers from asking job applicants about their criminal history as part of the initial job application process. AB 1008 strengthens the provisions of ‘Ban the Box’, forbidding all state and local agencies from inquiring about a criminal history until an employment offer has been made, and prohibiting employers from considering this information unless it directly affects the responsibilities of the job. AB 1008 will help more persons rehabilitate their lives after incarceration. (This bill is now law.)

  • YES


    Helps provide justice for abused senior citizens


    author: Eggman

    In 2016, 13% of elder care facilities in California were reported for exploitation, abuse, and neglect — twice as high as the national average of 5%. Hundreds of thousands of California’s elderly residents live in these care facilities. Previously, the burden of clear and convincing proof lied on the abused in these cases. AB 859 would have reduced that burden if it was found that the facility had destroyed evidence of abuse. (This bill was vetoed by Governor Brown.)

  • NO


    Improves the CalGang database and protects individuals


    author: Weber
    co-author: Mendoza


    CalGang is a database that holds information on over 150,000 individuals — mostly Latinos and blacks — who may or may not be connected to a gang in California. This system had many flaws, including not requiring law enforcement to notify those who had been added to the database. Transparency and accountability in the system has begun to increase, continuing with AB 90. New regulations will be put in place that will further secure privacy rights for all individuals — including immigrants whose information in the CalGang database can no longer be shared with ICE officials. There also must be stronger evidence of gang membership before individuals can be added to the CalGang database in the first place. (This bill is now law.)

  • YES


    Provides overtime pay to more workers


    author: Thurmond
    co-author: Gonzalez Fletcher


    Under current law, many California workers are not entitled to overtime compensation if their annual salary is greater than $23,660. In 2016, the Obama Administration issued new regulations, doubling that ceiling to include guaranteed overtime compensation for workers making less than $47,476. AB 1565 would protect low and mid-income workers by making that regulation part of California law. (This bill is currently in the senate.)

  • YES


    Protects legal cannabis users from federal agents


    author: Jones-Sawyer
    co-authors: Bonta, Chiu, Eggman, C. Garcia, Skinner, Wiener, Wood


    Despite California’s legalization of cannabis, the Trump Administration recently threatened to use federal enforcement to continue treating medical cannabis or marijuana use as illegal. Californians have spoken on this issue, and AB 1578 would ensure that, absent a court order, local and state agencies will not assist federal agents in taking action against citizens who are operating legally under California law. This would help protect our citizens from unwelcome federal overreach and protects limited state and local resources from being used unlawfully. (This bill is currently in the senate.)

  • YES


    Mandates the closure of Aliso Canyon gas facility


    author: Assembly Budget Committee

    In 2015, a leak at the Aliso Canyon gas storage facility released more than 100,000 tons of methane into the air and forced thousands of people to evacuate their homes. AB 127 would respond to the calls of environmental champions and help prevent another disaster by mandating the closure of the Aliso Canyon facility by no later than 2028. (This bill is currently in the senate.)

  • A

    Chose not to cast a yes/no ballot


    Not Eligible to cast yes/no ballot due to committee assignments