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Capitol Beat – High-Priority Bills on PORAC’s Radar

The second half of the 2017–18 legislative session is in full swing. Over 1,000 bills carried over from last year, in addition to the more than 2,000 new bills that were introduced and the hundreds more that have been amended. We are in the process of reviewing each of the new and amended bills and determining their impact on PORAC. As always, we will keep you updated in the weeks to come. In the meantime, below are a few of PORAC’s high-priority bills that will be on the forefront of our legislative efforts.  Read More »

PORAC Calls Lethal Force Legislation a Dangerous Rush to Judgment

PORAC has supported policies in the past to increase transparency and enhance community trust. However, Assembly Bill 931 deceptively pretends that creating a checklist of what constitutes necessary force instead of reasonable force is something more than irresponsible legislation. The end result is that the public will be placed at greater risk. Read More »

Capitol Beat – Hitting the Ground Running

Governor Jerry Brown, who has always taken a more conservative approach to spending, is using much of this year’s surplus to stash away billions of dollars in reserves, both because of the recession that he believes is looming and due to the prospect of the Republican Congress cutting social services in the wake of its vote for a tax cut last month that could swell the federal deficit by $1.4 trillion over a decade. Read More »

Capitol Beat – Hitting the Ground Running

Aaron Read and Randy Perry Legislative Advocates Aaron Read & Associates, LLC This January begins the second half of a two-year legislative session. This means that we will see many of our 2017 priority bills moving through committee and floor hearings once again. We will also see other bills amended with brand-new language for us […] Read More »

RIPA Advisory Board Oath of Office

PORAC President Elect Brian Marvel taking the oath of office for the RIPA Board. Second picture is Brian with Co-Chairs Pastor Ben McBride and Chief Ed Medrano along with Nancy Beninati from DOJ. Read More »

Capitol Beat – 2017 End-of-Session Report

On Friday, September 15, the Legislature adjourned the first half of the 2017–18 legislative session. Governor Brown had until midnight on October 15 to sign or veto the multitude of bills that were sent to him. If he did not take action on a bill, it automatically became law without his signature. Read More »

Capitol Beat – The Suspense…

“Suspense” means something different in legislation. The Senate and Assembly appropriations committees hold hearings on their “suspense” bills toward the end of every session. These are the bills that have expenditure in them over a certain dollar amount designated by each committee. Read More »

Capitol Beat – The Cost of Cashless Bail

June Rodgers’ son was shot 22 times on April 9, 2017. Just four days earlier, her son’s killer, Jules Black, a convicted felon who was arrested for illegally carrying a 9 mm pistol, was released from jail as a result of New Jersey’s Bail Reform and Speedy Trial Act. After a lengthy assessment screening developed by the Arnold Foundation, Black was not considered a threat to society or likely to commit another crime prior to his hearing on the possession charge. The prediction couldn’t have been more wrong, and it cost June’s son, Christian, his life. Read More »