June 10, 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
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AB 994– Income Taxation: Exclusion COVID Grant Funds- This bill would recognize the financial hardship that California small businesses have endured as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and would provide some financial relief to the small business community by excluding from “gross income” – for taxation purposes – the amount of a grant awarded pursuant to the California Small Business COVID-19 Grants Program. STATUS: AB 994 was referred to the Revenue and Taxation Committee on 3/4/2021.
GOVERNOR NEWSOM’S REPARATION TASK FORCE
One of the Governor’s goals was the establishment of the Reparation Task Force. AB 3121 was passed in 2019 establishing the group with the legislation led by now Secretary of State Shirley Weber. The first meeting of the Task Force was held this week on the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre. The Task Force is made up of nine members, ranging in occupation from lawyers to elected officials, civil rights activists, and academics.
Their duties include summarizing discrimination against black people in law and private sectors, educating the public as to its findings, and crafting an apology but, the primary goal is to recommend reparations for decedents of enslaved people and those affected by slavery. There will be ten (10) meetings with an initial report on their findings due one year from the date of their first meeting to the Legislature. The Legislature will then draft implementing legislation based on the recommendations. The results of this Task Force will be watched closely to see how and what steps will be recommended and taken to reach their goals.
SB 299– Victim compensation: use of force by a law enforcement officer. Among other things, this bill would revise the definition of “crime” to include any public offense regardless of whether any person is arrested for, charged with, or convicted of the commission of the crime, in which an individual sustains serious bodily injury, as specified, or death because of a law enforcement officer’s use of force, regardless of whether the law enforcement officer is arrested for, charged with, or convicted of committing a crime. The bill would include in the definition of “crime” an incident occurring on or after January 1, 2022, in which an individual sustains serious bodily injury, as specified, or death because of a law enforcement officer’s use of force, regardless of whether the law enforcement officer is arrested for, charged with, or convicted of committing a crime.
This bill would prohibit a determination made by the board as to the eligibility of a victim or applicant for compensation from being used as evidence that, among other things, any person committed a crime. In the case of a claim based on a victim’s serious bodily injury or death that resulted from a law enforcement officer’s use of force, as described above, the bill would further prohibit the eligibility determination from being used as evidence in any action, disciplinary investigation, or proceeding relating to the employment or duties of the law enforcement officer, as provided.
AB 1223– Firearms and ammunition: excise tax. This bill would, commencing July 1, 2022, impose an excise tax in the amount of 10% of the sales price of a handgun and 11% of the sales price of a long gun, rifle, firearm precursor part, and ammunition, as specified. This bill was voted on 6/3/21 and was refused passage. Then a Motion to Reconsider was granted and again ordered to a third reading!! They are fighting to get the 2/3 approval vote.
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