Bills in the California legislature that fit within our Pro-Democracy, Pro-California mission.

If we’ve made an official endorsement, we’ll say SUPPORT, OPPOSE, etc. with a link to our official letter. If we haven’t made an official endorsement on a particular bill, it’s your call, but you can generally assume we’re leaning towards support if we don’t say otherwise.

What to do

The whole point of this bill tracker is so you can be a better legislative advocate. So please, help by:

  1. Picking a bill you care about.
  2. Looking up your state legislators here.
  3. Looking up the phone number for their Capitol office (usually at the bottom of their webpage)
  4. Calling that number and saying something to the effect of:

Hi, I’m <name>, with the California Freedom Coalition. I’m calling because I support/oppose <bill number>, and wanted to find out what <legislator’s name> is.

At that point, they’ll probably ask you for your zip code. California legislative staff are generally pretty friendly (and they love to hear your beautiful voice). You probably won’t get sent to voicemail, but if you do, leave a message, no worries.

Once you’ve done this, please email us at grassroots@cafree.org to let us know how it went, and to receive our undying gratitude. Thanks!


For a summary of last year’s legislative advocacy efforts, see Sacramento Roundup 2017.

Active Bills

Cannabis

AB 1578 — would make California a “sanctuary state” for cannabis like it is for immigration—no helping the feds go after cannabis operations that are legal under state and local law.

AB 1793 — would automatically clear the criminal record of anyone convicted of a cannabis-related offense that is no longer a crime.

Criminal Justice

SB 10 — would end for-profit cash bail in California. Cash bail is an Americanism that exists in only two countries: the United States and the Philippines.

Environment

AB 726 and AB 813 (probably not a good idea) — would take the first steps towards handing control over California’s electrical grid to a multi-state regional authority

AB 1775 and SB 834 — would make new offshore drilling financially impossible, regardless of what the federal government does. These are both basically the same bill as SB 188, which we endorsed but was killed in committee in 2017.

SB 49 (SUPPORT) — enshrines current environmental, public health, and labor standards in state law, so Californians don’t have to rely on whoever’s in Congress to keep from being poisoned.

Government Reform

ACA 23 — would end the “suspense” process, whereby bills can be killed in committee without a public vote. SB 188 (see Environment, above) was a casualty of this undemocratic process last year.

SB 561 — would require initiatives circulated by paid signature gathers to list the top three donors to the signature gathering effort.

Health Care

SB 562 (SUPPORT) — would create a single payer universal health care system in California, if only Speaker Rendon would let it out of the Rules committee. We are marching and rallying with Healthy California while also advocating for other creative ways to get to a Single Payer system in California.

Housing

AB 686 — enshrines into state law federal anti-segregation and anti-discrimination rules that are slated for repeal. Similar in approach to SB 54 (see Environment, above).

Immigration

AB 386 — would fund legal services for deported veterans. Because “Deport our Troops” is apparently federal policy now.

AB 578 — would make it a felony to threaten to report the immigration status of a witness to a crime.

AB 1862 — would fund legal assistance for the 50,000 Salvadoran-Californians whose protected status the federal government revoked and who might be deported to El Salvador.

AB 1887 — allows students of California colleges who qualify for resident tuition to serve on state boards and commissions relating to higher education (current law excludes some Californians based on their federal immigration status).

SB 183 — would forbid ICE from entering state buildings (including courthouses and schools) without a valid warrant, and then solely to arrest the person who is the subject of the warrant.

SB 691 — forbids discrimination on the basis of immigration status in state colleges

SB 785 — would prevent a person’s immigration status from being revealed in open court, unless the judge authorizes it.

See also SB 244 under Privacy, below.

Joining the World

SCR 78 (SUPPORT) — would state that California officially endorses and intends to implement the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), an international convention which only the U.S. and six other countries have not ratified.

Net Neutrality

SB 460 — directs California’s Public Utilities Commission to create and adopt state Net Neutrality regulations

SB 822 — would enshrine net neutrality in state law (no, the FCC probably doesn’t have the power to preempt state law here).

Sen. Wiener’s office is actively soliciting our input on SB 822, so if you have ideas or useful information, please email policy@cafree.org.

Privacy

SB 244 — restricts state government from collecting unnecessary personal information and sharing that information, except as required by state law or a state or federal court order.

Taxes

AB 3130 — would allow personal income taxes to be swapped out for a voluntary, employer-collected payroll tax, lowering Californians’ federal tax liability.

SB 227 — would allow Californians to donate a portion of their income taxes to the state (which would make them fully federally deductible). Counteracts the federal tax grab passed in December 2017, keeps more money in California.

SB 1352 — would presume that anyone who spends more than half the year in California is a resident and should pay personal income tax. Currently the threshold is nine months.


If there’s a bill you think we missed, email policy@cafree.org. Generally we’re looking for government reforms, things involving the federal government, or bills that bring California up to speed with policies in pretty much every other modern democracy.