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. [shareprints gallery_id=”4945″ gallery_type=”blog” gallery_position=”pos_center” gallery_width=”width_100″ image_size=”large” image_padding=”4″ theme=”light” image_hover=”popout” lightbox_type=”slide” titles=”true” captions=”true” descriptions=”true” comments=”true” sharing=”true”] Read More
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
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
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
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outdated law, but H.R. 699 is not the answer.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
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
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
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
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
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
Aaron Read and Randy Perry Legislative Advocates Aaron Read & Associates, LLC The first half of the 2015-16 legislative session drew to a close at midnight on October 11, the constitutional deadline for Governor Brown to sign, veto or take no action on all legislation that made it to his desk. As we have […] Read More
After midnight on Friday, September 11, the Legislature wrapped up its work for the first half of the 2015-16 legislative session. As usual, both houses saved the most hotly debated bills for the final weeks, with the most controversial being voted on as the clock neared and passed midnight. In all, the Legislature sent 250 […] Read More
The Legislature sent a pile of bills to Gov. Jerry Brown for his blessing this month, when it wrapped up its regular session for the year. If history is any guide, Brown will sign most of them, reserving his veto for only a few stinkers. These five bills ought to be among the rejects because they could cause real harm to the state and its inhabitants: Read More
The proposal would strike death as a possible punishment from the state’s Penal Code, substituting life imprisonment without parole where state law currently allows for the death penalty. Its proponent, actor Mike Farrell, would have 180 days from when the secretary of state’s office enters the measure into circulation to collect 365,880 signatures. Read More
California lawmakers on Wednesday approved measures intended to shine a light on racial profiling and the use of force by police officers, a response to recent deadly, racially charged incidents in Baltimore and Ferguson, Mo.
One proposal would require police officers to collect data on the people they stop, including perceived race and ethnicity.
“The time has come to have a clear conversation with law enforcement about what we as a society will no longer accept — and that’s racial profiling by those who indeed take an oath to protect and serve all of us fairly and equally,” said state Sen. Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles), who presented the bill in the Senate. Read More
Aaron Read and Randy Perry Legislative Advocates Aaron Read & Associates, LLC On Monday, August 17, legislators returned from the summer recess and after a month off, they are hitting the ground running. The final month of the first year of the 2015-16 legislative session ends on Friday, September 11. This means that the […] Read More
Republican state lawmakers on Thursday introduced legislation to restrict local law enforcement agencies from seeking custody of accused criminals scheduled for deportation, a response to the death of San Francisco woman allegedly killed by Mexican national who had been deported five times.
The measure, by Sen. Bob Huff (R- Diamond Bar) and Sen. Shannon Runner (R-Antelope Valley), would require a local enforcement agency to have an outstanding felony warrant for an individual before it could seek custody from federal immigration officials. The local agency also would be required to confirm that either the district attorney or attorney general planned to prosecute. Read More
Backers of an effort to slash the retirement of public servants got a stiff dose of reality this month when leaders of the state’s top public investment funds raised red flags about the plan that could be headed for the 2016 ballot.
They said the latest proposal on public pensions from former San Diego Councilman Carl DeMaio and former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed would undermine decades of labor law and collective bargaining precedent and threaten retirement security for tens of thousands of working families. Read More
Speaker Toni Atkins, joining a San Diego protest in July of a meeting of the conservative American
Victims of domestic violence could have their wireless telephone service providers transfer their accounts from their abusers under a bill sent to the governor.
Assembly Bill 1407 by Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, would authorize family-law courts to issue orders requiring wireless telephone service providers to transfer the billing responsibility and telephone number to the victim. Read More
The Senate and Assembly appropriations committees will act on hundreds of bills Thursday, deciding whether or not to move costly measures to the house floors by a legislative deadline.
The bills have already passed their house of origin and have been sitting in the committees’ suspense files because they would cost the state a significant amount of money to implement. The hearings will be held after each house’s floor session. Read More