June 2018 Legislative Update

Thank you LARRP members for all your support and work this legislative session! As you know, every year LARRP combs through the hundreds of bills making their way through Sacramento and selects a handful of priority bills that advance the LARRP mission.

 

Great news, most of LARRP's 2018 priority bills are still alive! Here's the quick rundown or download the pdf

  • AB 1793 (Bonta) Cannabis Convictions - which requires the court to automatically resentence or dismiss cannabis related convictions,passed out of Appropriations Cmte and is on the Assembly floor for a full vote.
  • AB 1940 (McCarthy) Parole Reintegration Credits- which allows parolees to earn more credits, passed out of Appropriations Cmte and is on the Assembly floor for a full vote.
  • AB 2133 (Webber) Criminal Justice: State summary criminal history records- which gives defense attorneys greater access to defendants criminal records, passed through the Assembly and is headed to the State Senate.
  • AB 2138 (Low/Chiu) Licensing Boards: Denial of application: Criminal Conviction - which limits a regulatory board's discretion to deny a license based on previous convictions, passed out of Appropriations Cmte and is on the Assembly floor for a full vote.
  • AB 2293 (Reyes) Emergency Medical Services - which reduces barriers for individuals who have already served their time to have an opportunity for employment that requires an EMT license, passed out of Appropriations Cmte and is on the Assembly floor for a full vote.
  • AB 2438 (Ting) Expediting the Records Clearing Process - requires the court to automatically expunge a conviction after a defendant has completed probation and fully complied with the sentence of the court, DID NOT pass out of Assembly Appropriations, and may be dead for this session.
  • AB 3115 (Gibson) County Jail Voter Education and Registration - which requires each county jail to allow at least one organization to provide a voter education program in the county jail, passed through the Assembly and is headed to the State Senate.
  • SB 10 (Hertzberg) Bail: pretrial release - awaiting a vote in Assembly Appropriations (2 year bill so different timelines apply).
  • SB 215 (Beall) Diversion: Mental Disorders - which creates a pretrial diversion program for defendants who commit petty crimes and suffer from a mental disorder, is awaiting a vote in AssemblyPublic Safety Committee (June 12, 2018) (2 year bill).
  • SB 1010 (Beall) Parolees: Supportive housing pilot program - which requires CDCRto create the Supportive Housing Pilot Program for mentally ill parolees, passed through the Senate and is headed to theAssembly.
  • SB 1025 (Skinner) Probation: Eligibility: crimes related to controlled substances - which permits a court to grant probation or suspend the imposition of a sentence for specified drug offenses, passed through the Senate and is headed to theAssembly.
  • SB 1298 (Skinner) Increasing access to employment act - which limits the DOJ from reporting specified records and provides a copy of those records to the person before releasing it to the requester, was held under submission in Senate Appropriations and may be dead for the year.
  • SB 1392 (Mitchell) Sentencing - which repeals the one-year sentence enhancement for each prior felony term, DID NOT pass out of the Senate and is dead for the year.
  • SB 1393 (Mitchell) Sentencing - which authorizes a court to strike or dismiss a prior serious felony conviction which otherwise adds an enhancement of 5 years for each prior conviction of a serious felony, passed out of the Senate and is in Assembly Public Safety Committee.

Committee meetings

The Policy & Legal Committee has three primary functions.

  1. Organize and host free Record Change Clinics
  2. Host quarterly forums or workshops that further develop policy and advocacy skills
  3. Develop and advocate for the implementation of legislative and administrative policies that reduce recidivism, improve public safety and social justice, safeguard the rights of victims, and decrease incarceration levels while providing accountability to taxpayers, protecting against cost liability, and reducing structural inequalities.

LARRP Policy Priorities

Committee Charter: To develop and advocate for the implementation of legislative and administrative policies that reduce recidivism, improve public safety and social justice, safeguard the rights of victims, and decrease incarceration levels while providing accountability to taxpayers, protecting against costly liability, and reducing structural inequalities.

  1. Remove Barriers to Reentry
  2. Reduce Incarceration Rates and Eliminate Discrimination in the Justice System
  3. Develop a Robust Community ReentrySystem

Committee charter

Policy Committee charter, structure and activities as of July 2012 - click to see or download PDF

Click here for the 2015-16 Committee goals and objectives.

‘Keep California Safe’ initiative fails to make the November 2018 ballot
By SAL RODRIGUEZ |OPINION | Orange County Register

July 2, 2018

he much-hyped Reducing Crime and Keeping California Safe Act of 2018 has failed to make the November 2018 ballot.