By Shaun Rundle, Deputy Director.
I am working to defeat several bills that would impede public safety while they are placed on the Suspense File in Appropriations Committees of the Senate and Assembly. The Suspense File is a list of legislation that would have extremely high costs to the state’s General Fund to implement. Not surprisingly, various bills that CPOA opposes are on these lists and we have been communicating to legislators and staff the expected fiscal impacts in the hopes that these bills meet their fate in the next few weeks.
First on the potential Suspense File chopping block in the Senate, is SB 1186 (Hill-D), which CPOA opposes. This is reintroduction of a 2017 bill by Senator Hill that CPOA has ardently opposed. The measure mandates local agency submission of all surveillance technology and their use policies to the agency’s governing body for approval. If not approved, usage of the technology must cease within 30 days. That means for large agencies like the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department with over 40 contract cities, LASD would have to get approval from over 40 different city councils, and that also conflicts current Government Code sections that clearly state that a governing body cannot interfere with a Sheriff’s duty to perform investigative procedures.
Further problems here, are not only the fiscal and administrative burden this mandate would place on local agencies, but it also draws unwanted public attention, especially criminal, to how these technologies are used in apprehending dangerous criminals. I’ve met with both Senator Hill and his staff on this issue and relayed these concerns, but the high costs expected with SB 1186 are why the bill is on the Suspense File to be heard later this month. That is where the 2017 version of the bill ultimately killed.
Other notable publics safety bills on Suspense File:
AB 1793 (Bonta-D)-Cannabis convictions: resentencing
Would require the Department of Justice, before July 1, 2019, to review the records in the state summary criminal history information database and to identify past convictions that are potentially eligible for recall or dismissal of sentence, dismissal and sealing, or re-designation pursuant to AUMA. The bill would require the department to notify the courts of all cases in their jurisdiction that are eligible for recall or dismissal of a sentence, dismissal and sealing, or re-designation.
AB 1940 (McCarty-D)-Parole: reintegration credits
Allows a parolee (except a sex offender) to earn “reintegration credits” to reduce the term of his or her parole or to advance his or her discharge review. This bill only applies to parolees and not to individuals released on post-release community supervision.
SB 905 (Wiener-D)-Alcoholic beverages: hours of sale
Would allow an on-sale licensee in a qualified city to apply to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) for authorization to sell, give, or purchase alcoholic beverages at licensed premises between the hours of 2 a.m. to 4 a.m.
Suspense File bills are slated to be heard for vote only, and with no testimony, the last week of May.