The end of the 2017 legislative session went well into early Saturday morning as lawmaker burned away the midnight oil to meet their deadline to send bills to the Governor’s desk. Among the legislation heading to Governor Brown is the much-debated SB 54. In preparation for a final floor debate, CPOA submitted a press release and Floor Alert regarding our lingering concerns over the bill. Following SB 54, several other pieces of public safety legislation now await action by the Governor, including bills on the CalGang system, firearm possession, youth offenses, marijuana response and more.
CPOA’s SB 54 Press Release can be found here. After final round negotiations between the Governor’s office and Senator Kevin de León, the bill’s final format still placed several restrictions on local communications with federal authorities. The bill also disallows cooperation with the feds on crimes which were felonies prior to Prop 47, and with these offenders being the most common repeat offenders, the bill was just not one where CPOA could remove its opposition. Cal Chiefs did remove its opposition and went neutral, and State Sheriffs and PORAC continued to oppose.
As with previous years, the Legislature has presented another package of poor public safety bills. Despite crime statistics and data coming their way (often from CPOA and our law enforcement partners), the supermajority in the Legislature have continue their rather soft-on-crime approach to California, where offenders are given preference over victims.
Other CPOA-opposed bills which now sit on Governor Jerry Brown’s desk include:
AB 90 (Weber D) Criminal gangs.
Shifts responsibilities for shared gang databases from the CalGang Executive Board to the Department of Justice (DOJ) and sets policies, procedures, and oversight for the future use of shared gang databases.
SB 180 (Mitchell D) Controlled substances: sentence enhancements: prior convictions.
Limits the current three-year enhancement for a prior conviction related to the sale or possession for sale of specified controlled substance to convictions for a controlled substance offense where a minor was used or employed in the commission of the offense.
SB 395 (Lara D) Custodial interrogation: juveniles.
Requires that a youth 15 years of age or younger consult with counsel prior to a custodial interrogation and before waiving any specified rights.
SB 620 (Bradford D) Firearms: crimes: enhancements.
Allows a court, in the interest of justice, to strike or dismiss a firearm enhancement which otherwise adds a state prison term of three, four, or 10 years, or five, six, or 10 years, depending on the firearm, or a state prison term of 10 years, 20 years, or 25-years-to-life depending on the underlying offense and manner of use.
Now, we wait until mid-October when the Governor has to take action on the hundreds of bills before him.