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CAPITOL UPDATE #24 – June 2, 2021

 June 2, 2021

California Federation of Republican Women
Sue Blair, President

        Submitted by the CFRW Legislative Analyst Committee        
  Gretchen Cox, Elaine Freeman, Lou Ann Flaherty,
Val Emick, Theresa Speake, & Arlene Wolgomuth


AB 452– Pupil Safety: parental notification: firearm safety laws- Existing law requires the governing board of a school district, at the beginning of the first semester or quarter to notify parents or guardians of minor pupils, of the school district’s policies and procedures relating to pupils’ safety.  This bill would require a school district to inform parents and guardians of California’s child access prevention laws relating to the safe storage of firearms.  It would also require both the Department of Education and the Department of Justice to provide concise content regarding those child access prevention and safe storage of firearms laws.  This puts the responsibility on schools to distribute the information on gun safety to parents. 
Pending in the Assembly Education Committee.

AB 26, Peace officers: use of force– Existing law requires each law enforcement agency, on or before January 1, 2021, to maintain a policy that provides a minimum standard on the use of force. This bill would require those law enforcement policies to require those officers to immediately report potential excessive force, and to intercede when present and observing an officer using excessive force, as defined. The bill would additionally require those policies to, among other things, prohibit retaliation against officers that report violations of law or regulation of another officer to a supervisor, as specified, and to require that an officer who fails to intercede be disciplined in the same manner as the officer who used excessive force. Existing law disqualifies specified persons from being a peace officer, including, among others, any person convicted of a felony. This bill would also disqualify a person from being a peace officer if they have been found by a law enforcement agency that employees them to have either used excessive force that resulted in great bodily injury or death or to have failed to intercede in that incident as required by a law enforcement agency’s policy.

AB 1135-State of California Housing Allocation Act -This bill would enact the State of California Housing Allocation Act which would require the Business, Consumer Services, and Housing Agency, HCD, CalHFA, and CTCAC, no later than January 1, 2023, to jointly establish and operate a single, centralized housing funding allocation committee, which would be within the Business, Consumer Services, and Housing Agency and comprised of representatives of those entities.  The bill would require the committee to be responsible for allocating state-controlled financing to housing developments to serve as a point of contact for developers seeking to build affordable housing in California.  The bill would require the committee to create a unified application and award process for the allocation of state-controlled affordable housing funds and make applications and awards at least twice per calendar year. This bill would require the Secretary of Business, Consumer Services, and Housing to create a plan to streamline the processes and eliminate redundant tasks between departments and to submit a report on that plan to the Legislature no later than December 31, 2022.  Currently in committee, hearing postponed by committee.  This is unfortunate because the proposal would better utilize State funding.

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