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Legislation

Every legislative session, the ACLU of California Center for Advocacy and Policy passes groundbreaking legislation that pushes our state and country forward. In Sacramento, our legislative advocates and staff collaborate with lawmakers and other organizations to draft bills, mobilize ACLU supporters, and work in partnership with impacted communities. Learn more about the legislative process and your state lawmakers.

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SIGNED

Administrative Fees

Right now, California law charges administrative fees to people who come in contact with the criminal justice system, including fees for public defenders, booking, mandatory drug testing, and costs related to a person’s incarceration and probation supervision, like electronic monitoring. Read More
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VETOED

The C.R.I.S.E.S. Act (AB 2054)

The C.R.I.S.E.S. Act pilot grant program will provide stability, safety, and culturally informed and appropriate responses to immediate emergency situations such as a mental health crisis, people experiencing homelessness, intimate partner violence, and natural disasters. Read More
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Pending Voter Approval

Free the Vote for Californians on Parole (ACA 6)

Our democracy is rooted in the idea that everyone’s voice matters. But right now, nearly 50,000 Californians on parole are unable to vote in local, state, or federal elections. Voter suppression tactics consistently exclude Black and Brown people from our democracy. Read More
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Signed

College Student Right to Access Act (SB 24)

At a time when abortion rights are under attack, California can and must be a leader on abortion access. Right now, most university health centers provide quality health care at low or no cost to students. But campus clinics in the state don’t provide abortion care, and many don’t have an abortion provider close by. Read More
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Signed

The Body Camera Accountability Act (AB 1215)

Body cameras were promised as a way to hold police accountable not as surveillance systems to be used against the public. Unfortunately, body cameras are now at risk of being paired with face surveillance technology - despite the fact that face recognition algorithms routinely misidentify people of color and women. Read More