State Advocacy

State Advocacy

Capitol Beat – Governor Signs Sponsored Use-of-Force Legislation

On September 12, Governor Newsom signed into law PORAC’s sponsored bill, SB 230 by Senator Anna Caballero (D–Salinas). PORAC, along with ARA and other stakeholders in our state, was there to witness the signing of the bill, which was 15 months in the making. SB 230 builds on California’s already rigorous officer training requirements and is the first bill to mandate additional statewide training in specific categories such as de-escalation, interacting with vulnerable populations and an officer’s duty to intercede. Read More »

Press Release- SB 230 Signed Into Law

Today SB 230 has been signed into law. This precedent-setting legislation will allow Law Enforcement in California access to the funding and training they need to continue the outstanding service they provide to their communities. Read the full press release… Read More »

Press Release – California Legislatures Vote to Pass SB230

This past year, our law enforcement coalition has worked tirelessly with our elected leaders to ensure the passage of SB 230 (Caballero). Today’s passage of SB 230 in the State Assembly solidifies the hard work and our commitment to serving California’s law enforcement and the communities they serve. Read More »

Capitol Beat – 2020 Elections

Election season has begun, as candidates are scrambling for campaign contributions and endorsements. The primary election is March 3, 2020, rather than the usual June primary date. In 2018, Governor Brown moved up the date to coincide with our presidential election primary, or “Super Tuesday.” This change was made because historically, the presidential nominees had already been determined by the time Californians cast their votes. A March primary gives California a more integral role in the presidential race. Read More »

Capitol Beat – Use of Force: Where Are We Now?

Aaron Read and Randy Perry Legislative Advocates Aaron Read & Associates, LLC AB 392 by Assembly Member Weber (D-San Diego), the use-of-force bill we have been working against (but, as amended, we are neutral), passed the Senate floor on July 10. It was approved by both houses and is now enrolled and sent to the […] Read More »

Capitol Beat – Legislative Issues on PORAC’s Radar

Since Assembly Bill 931 by Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D–San Diego) was first amended to create a new “necessary” standard for the use of deadly force in April 2018, PORAC and the law enforcement community have come together to proactively address the issue in California. The effort this legislative session has included actively opposing AB 392 (Weber’s resurrected AB 931) and drafting and sponsoring SB 230 by Senator Ana Caballero (D–Salinas). This has been a highly complex and dynamic process that has involved numerous meetings with the governor’s office, Senate Pro Tem Toni Atkins, Senator Caballero and many other legislators, as well as meetings with the author and sponsors of AB 392, Weber and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). In addition, PORAC has enlisted the guidance of use-of-force experts, lawyers and stakeholders from around the state to develop SB 230, our comprehensive legislation that would minimize use of deadly force in California.  Read More »

Capitol Beat – The Bills That Don’t Make Headlines

On May 16, both the Senate and Assembly Appropriations Committees held their suspense hearings where all bills with an annual fiscal impact of $150,000 or more were voted on to determine their fate moving forward. Suspense bills are considered after the governor’s state budget revision has been submitted following the April 15 tax filings so that the committees have a better sense of available revenue. The goal of the committees is to provide sound, responsible and affordable fiscal policy, but there are often more political issues at play when the members cast their votes. Read More »

PRESS RELEASE: DR. SHIRLEY WEBER AMENDS AB 392

After nearly a year of discussions and negotiations around proposed legislation to address the use of force, Assemblymember Shirley Weber and the supporters of AB 392 put forward amended bill language that reflects a compromise with a statewide coalition of law enforcement organizations. Read More »

Peace Officer Day At The Capitol

Please join us for the first-ever “Peace Officer Day” at the State Capitol on Tuesday, May 28 — when peace officers and their families from around California will stand together, meet with legislators, and discuss how AB 392 threatens your life and the lives of those you protect. Read More »