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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

Election Day Registration (SB 72)

There are currently 5.5 million eligible but unregistered voters in California. Registration and participation for Latino, Asian, and Black Californians continues to lag behind that of white voters. California must do everything in its power to strengthen – not weaken – people’s right to vote. Read More
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Dead

Ending Poverty Tows (AB 516)

Living in California is already expensive enough: for many working families, it’s almost impossible to afford to live here because of astronomically high housing prices and equally expensive childcare and higher education costs. Read More
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Signed

California Act to Save Lives (AB 392)

AB 392: The California Act to Save Lives, introduced this year by Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego), will make clear that police officers should only use deadly force when they don’t have other options. Read More
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Inactive

Privacy for All (AB 1760)

Advances in technology and drastic changes in business practices have outpaced the law. The lack of adequate privacy protections has undercut the privacy, safety, and financial security of Californians, with disparate impacts on people of color, immigrants, and other vulnerable communities. Read More
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Won: New law

Lifting the Veil of Secrecy: Police Misconduct & Use of Force (SB 1421)

Although California is often thought of as a beacon of progressive values, the Golden State is actually one of the most secretive states when it comes to information about police use of force and serious and confirmed misconduct by police. This must change. The public has a fundamental right to know about cases in which officers have been found guilty of committing sexual assault or dishonesty dur... Read More
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Vetoed

Police Militarization (AB 3131)

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
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Signed

Gender Health in Foster Care (AB 2119)

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 young people. TGNC youth are frequently subjected to unstable placements and often lack access to medically necessary care. Child welfare agencies are alr... Read More
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Inactive

Police Use of Deadly Force (AB 931)

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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Inactive

Stop Secretive Surveillance (SB 1186)

Californians deserve a voice and a seat at the table when it comes to law enforcement’s acquisition of surveillance technologies. Unfortunately, that is rarely the case in California, where law enforcement’s use of this technology invades our private lives and has played a nefarious role in the federal government’s racist deportation campaign that's tearing California families apart. It’s time to ... Read More
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Inactive

Dignity and Opportunity Act (SB 990)

Transgender and nonbinary people in prison or jail are often placed in segregated housing and denied access to programs and parole opportunities. While this is supposedly for their own safety, isolating people and withholding critical resources not only makes it harder for them to qualify for parole and reenter society, but also is cruel and unnecessary. Transgender and nonbinary people deserve th... Read More