State Advocacy

State Advocacy


The annual Legislative Day at the State Capitol is an opportunity for PORAC’s leadership to meet and strategize with decision makers who support law enforcement issues and work on legislation important to PORAC and its members.       Read More »

Legislative Day Priorities

Aaron Read and Randy Perry Legislative Advocates Aaron Read & Associates, LLC   On May 3, PORAC leaders walked the halls of the State Capitol to meet face-to-face with policymakers and stakeholders about key legislation that could possibly impact PORAC members. Among the many measures that PORAC influences, the following four bills were chosen to […] Read More »

2016 CALIFORNIA MEMORIAL CEREMONY Honoring Our Fallen Heroes

On May 1 and 2, officers, families and law enforcement supporters from across the state gathered at the Capitol in Sacramento for the 40th annual California Peace Officers’ Memorial Ceremony. The solemn and moving event honored the four officrs killed in the line of duty in 2015 (plus one from a prior year), as well […] Read More »

Trust and Transparency

Aaron Read and Randy Perry Legislative Advocates Aaron Read & Associates, LLC   Highly anticipated Senate Bill 1286 was heard in the Senate Public Safety Committee on Tuesday, April 12. Hours into the crowded committee hearing, the bill was finally up for discussion. As Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), the author of the bill, presented […] Read More »

PORAC Opposes H.R. 699 / E-Mail Privacy Act

On behalf of the Peace Officers Research Association of California (“PORAC”), the
nation’s largest statewide public safety association, representing over 66,000 members in
California and Nevada, I write to oppose H.R. 699, the “the Email Privacy Act,” which seeks to
update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (“ECPA”) for the digital age.

PORAC supports reforming ECPA and acknowledges the need for renewing this
outdated law, but H.R. 699 is not the answer. The ability to access electronic communications is
critical for law enforcement to ensure public safety efficiently and effectively. As written, H.R.
699 places an undue burden on law enforcement’s ability to gather digital evidence, providing Read More »

Bill Introduction

AARON READ AND RANDY PERRY Legislative Advocates Aaron Read & Associates, LLC A remarkable 2,100 bills were introduced at the 2016 legislative deadline. That brings the 2015–2016 session to a total of around 5,000 newly introduced bills. Every single one crosses our desk here at Aaron Read & Associates. We not only review them, but […] Read More »

New PAC Reporting and Disclaimer Requirements

2016 Election Year Update New PAC Reporting and Disclaimer Requirements By Diane M. Fishburn, Lacey E. Keys and Emily A. Andrews Olson, Hagel & Fishburn LLP   Time for a PAC Checkup! As we begin to move swiftly through an election year, it is an opportune time to pause for a moment to give your […] Read More »

The Real Story: AB 953 and AB 71 Explained

Aaron Read and  Randy Perry Legislative Advocates Aaron Read & Associates, LLC   Tensions brought forth by high-profile incidents throughout the country have many groups calling for changes to the way cops do their jobs. While PORAC members have always been willing to listen to the concerns of those feeling marginalized, it has been our […] Read More »

Governor Proposes 2016–2017 Budget

Aaron Read and Randy Perry Legislative Advocates Aaron Read & Associates, LLC   On January 7, Governor Jerry Brown unveiled a $170.6 billion state spending plan that reflects billions of dollars in new revenue, proposing that much of it go to K–12 schools, the developmentally disabled, and the blind, elderly and disabled. The Governor also […] Read More »

Reed/DeMaio Initiative Cleared for Signature Gathering

Aaron Read and Randy Perry Legislative Advocates Aaron Read & Associates, LLC Picture it. Decisions about your retirement future and security made by a disillusioned and misinformed electorate. Employer contributions to safety employee retirement and retiree health care capped at 13%. Employers prohibited from paying more than half of the total cost of retirement benefits. […] Read More »