Below are some of the things we were able to accomplish with our fledging legislative advocacy operation, which started in July 2018.
Check out “What California independence looks like” for more information on our plan to make California more independent through policy changes.
Grid Regionalization — AB 813 would have attempted to permanently hand control over California’s electrical grid to a multi-state authority with almost zero accountability to state elected officials, but was killed in committee in the last few hours of the legislative session. Read our letter of opposition.
These bills passed the legislature but were vetoed by Governor Brown, who terms out at the end of this year. Hopefully we’ll have better luck in 2019 with the next governor.
Letting all Californians serve in state government — SB 174 would have allowed any California resident to be appointed to state boards and commissions, rather than restricting it to U.S. citizens. As we explained in our letter of support, federal decisions about who gets to become a citizen are largely beyond Californians’ control. We don’t believe it’s appropriate for the federal government to act as gatekeeper for who serves in our state government; these decisions belong solely in the hands of California elected officials.
Keeping ICE out of courthouses — SB 349 would have barred ICE from detaining someone for an expired visa in California courthouses, based on longstanding precedent against civil arrests in courthouses. Read our letter of support.