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Legislative Advocacy

The ACLU’s legislative work at the state and federal level protects and advances civil liberties. Our team of legislative advocates fight for your rights in Sacramento and Washington DC. In Sacramento, our legislative advocates and staff at the ACLU of California Center for Advocacy & Policy collaborate with other organizations and lawmakers to draft bills, coordinate with ACLU supporters, impacted communities, and coalition partners to lobby legislators, testify in support of bills, seek support from other groups, draft fact sheets and sample support letters, and provide communications and media support.


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AB 3131 will restore transparency and accountability by making sure that law enforcement agencies provide notice to the public before they decide to acquire military equipment.Read more »
Transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) youth are significantly overrepresented in California’s foster care system. Unfortunately, some personnel, caregivers, and providers harbor biases and misinformation that jeopardize the health of these... Read more »
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Under AB 931, police would only be allowed to use deadly force if there were no reasonable alternatives available and if there was an imminent threat to the officer or another person’s safety.Read more »
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