State Advocacy

State Advocacy

Capitol Beat – Law Enforcement Plays Defense Against Bad Bills

PORAC is tracking a total of 262 bills so far this legislative session. If passed, many of these bills will have a positive impact on law enforcement. However, we still have some tough opponents. Although PORAC is proactively sponsoring and supporting legislation, we also have a high success rate in opposing harmful bills. Read More »

Capitol Beat – PORAC Priorities in 2017

Aaron Read and Randy Perry Legislative Advocates Aaron Read & Associates, LLC PORAC-Sponsored Bill: AB 1428, Transparency for Law Enforcement The California Newspaper Publishers Association (CNPA) and American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), in addition to other social justice organizations, have been shopping around various legislative proposals to lawmakers and their staff that would open up […] Read More »

Capitol Beat – RIPA in the Real World

Aaron Read and Randy Perry Legislative Advocates Aaron Read & Associates, LLC In October 2015, AB 953, the Racial and Identity Profiling Act (RIPA), authored by Assembly Member Shirley Weber, was signed into law. This dangerous and poorly crafted measure was strongly opposed by PORAC since it was first introduced, but the political dynamic has […] Read More »

Capitol Beat – Governor Unveils 2017–2018 Budget Proposal

Aaron Read and Randy Perry Legislative Advocates Aaron Read & Associates, LLC Governor Jerry Brown’s first major action this year was his January 10 unveiling of the 2017–2018 California budget declaring the ambiguous state of our economy. “We’re in very uncertain times,” he said. “We’re very subject to a lot of unpredictability.” With that said, […] Read More »

Capitol Beat – Introducing California’s New State Senators

Aaron Read and Randy Perry Legislative Advocates Aaron Read & Associates, LLC A new Legislature is now in place. The question becomes, will we be a one-party state with both houses in supermajority, or will the two-party system either recover or morph into moderate Democrats and progressive Democrats jockeying for Republican support? The way we […] Read More »

Capitol Beat – And That’s a Wrap

Aaron Read and Randy Perry Legislative Advocates Aaron Read & Associates, LLC Election Results Well, every once in a while a World Series and an election bring about an exhilarating surprise. The Cubs broke a jinx of more than a century. Donald Trump shook the political system to its core and made everyone question the […] Read More »

Rebuilding Trust After Tragedy

TERRY McHALE Vice President MICHELE CERVONE Account Manager Marketplace Communications   The unfathomable has now become a harsh new reality for law enforcement in America. On Thursday, July 7, our nation suffered a severe body punch when we lost five brave Dallas officers to a violent, wholesale shooting by a lone gunman. The killings were […] Read More »

A Breakdown of New Gun Laws

Aaron Read and Randy Perry Legislative Advocates Aaron Read & Associates, LLC   On June 30, the Legislature sent a series of firearm-related bills to the Governor’s desk. Much of the package was a reaction to the recent massacre in Orlando. The Legislature used the “gut and amend” process, in which the current language of […] Read More »

FIREARMS LEGISLATION

SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
AB 1135 (Levine) – Firearms: assault weapons.
 This bill redefines “assault weapon” to include a firearm with a detachable magazine that can be removed readily with the use of a tool.
 This bill requires that owners of these newly defined “assault weapons,” prior to January 1, 2017, to register the firearm online at DOJ. There will be a fee of up to, but no more than, $15 to register the firearm. Read More »

Primary Results and Pending Legislation

CAPITOL BEAT Primary Results and Pending Legislation AARON READ AND RANDY PERRY Legislative Advocates Aaron Read & Associates, LLC The late, great Congressman Tip O’Neill said that all politics is local. O’Neill could have been talking specifically about PORAC. President Mike Durant constantly reminds everyone that in every election, PORAC works very closely with our […] Read More »