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JCRC Legislative Wrap-Up 2020

November 9, 2020
Posted by: JCRC Staff

Since announcing our legislative agenda in July, JCRC has worked with community members, advocates and policymakers to advance bills addressing the concerns of our community. Below is a discussion of the bills we supported during this legislative session and how they fared.

Four of the bills we supported were passed by the legislature, but only three of them were signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom.

  • AB 860 required that a ballot for the November election be mailed to every registered voter.
  • AB 3121 established a Task Force to study reparations for slavery.
  • AB 1506 created a section in the Department of Justice to review law enforcement use of force policies and conduct independent investigations of police involved shootings.

However, Governor Newsom also vetoed AB 2054, which would have given vulnerable populations to have a voice in emergency response planning.

Meanwhile, two of the other bills we supported (HR 40 and HR 7120) remain in process in Congress and two more (AB 1550 and SB 899) did not make it out of legislature.

This year, in addition to our support for the above bills, we also took the unusual step of launching an advocacy campaign in support three California Propositions: 15, 16 and 17. Our campaign for “Recovery, Opportunity and Democracy” included webinars on all three initiatives, as well as phone banking and advertising in support of their passage. Of the Propositions we supported, only Prop 17 passed.

To all who helped make this year’s priorities a reality: Thank you!