State Advocacy

State Advocacy

Capitol Beat – California’s 40th Governor and His Budget

It was a busy start of the year for our newly elected governor, Gavin Newsom. On Sunday, January 6, he hosted a family day at the California Railroad Museum in Old Sacramento and an evening concert benefiting those impacted by the California wildfires. The following day, he and his family took center stage at his inauguration ceremony, and just three days later, Newsom unveiled his first budget as governor of California. Read More »

Comprehensive Use-of-Force Legislation

Today we join the California Police Chiefs Association in announcing the introduction of Comprehensive Use-of-Force Legislation, authored by Senator Anna Caballero, which presents a comprehensive package of changes to California’s use-of-force statutes, law enforcement agency policies, and training. Read More… Read More »

Capitol Beat – New Legislature, New Era

As we head into the new year, it is important to remember that PORAC will continue to be on the forefront of all matters of public safety. The current political and social climate has law enforcement playing defense on legislative issues; however, it is critical we work with policymakers and stakeholders to share our message, introduce sponsored legislation and work to reach common ground. Read More »

Capitol Beat – Unpacking the Midterm Elections

The dust is still settling on the midterm election and the results are mixed. Democrats took control of the House of Representatives, as expected, but did not pick up enough seats in the Senate, where Republicans expanded their majority. At the time of this writing, some closely watched races still remain too close to call.  Read More »

Capitol Beat – Recap of Governor Brown’s Bill Activity

As previously reported, the 2017–18 legislative session officially adjourned August 31.  Governor Jerry Brown had until September 30 to sign or veto each of the bills that came across his desk. He signed 1,016 and vetoed 201. His 16.5% veto rate is a new high for his 16-year tenure. He set a historic low in 1982, when he vetoed 30 bills, just 1.8%.

Below is a summary of 2018 gubernatorial bill actions, Governor Brown’s final set of signatures and vetoes. Read More »

PORAC Voter Guide – November 2018

PORAC evaluates candidates and issues each election cycle and votes to support or oppose initiatives and to endorse candidates or incumbents in the Legislature. We often conduct personal interviews.  Read More »

Capitol Beat – End-of-Session Report

On Friday, August 31, the Legislature adjourned the final half of its 2017–18 session. Governor Brown has until midnight on September 30 to sign or veto the multitude of bills that have just been sent to him. If he does not take action on a bill, it automatically becomes law without his signature. Read More »

Capitol Beat – Assembly Bill 931

Aaron Read and Randy Perry Legislative Advocates Aaron Read & Associates, LLC PORAC and the advocates at Aaron Read & Associates (ARA) have lobbied against AB 931 with a diligence that reflects the seriousness of this bill. AB 931 will result in more deaths of officers and the public. If passed, this bill puts everyone […] Read More »

Capitol Beat – The Ballot’s Dozen

“As the people are the only legitimate fountain of power, and it is from them that the constitutional charter, under which the several branches of government hold their power, is derived, it seems strictly consonant to the republican theory to recur to the same original authority … whenever it may be necessary to enlarge, diminish, or new-model the powers of government.” — James Madison, fourth U.S. president, The Federalist No. 49 Read More »