Bills in the California legislature that fit within our Pro-Democracy, Pro-California mission.

If we’ve made an official endorsement, we’ll say SUPPORT, OPPOSE, etc. with a link to our official letter. If we haven’t made an official endorsement on a particular bill, you can generally assume we’re leaning towards support if we don’t say otherwise.

What to do

The whole point of this bill tracker is so you can be a better legislative advocate. So please, help by:

  1. Picking a bill you care about.
  2. Looking up your state legislators here.
  3. Looking up the phone number for their Capitol office (usually at the bottom of their webpage)
  4. Calling that number and saying something to the effect of:

Hi, I’m <name>, with Independent California. I’m calling because I support/oppose <bill number>, and wanted to find out what <legislator’s name> is.

At that point, they’ll probably ask you for your zip code. California legislative staff are generally pretty friendly (and they love to hear your beautiful voice). You probably won’t get sent to voicemail, but if you do, leave a message, no worries.

Once you’ve done this, please email us at grassroots@independentca.org to let us know how it went, and to receive our undying gratitude. Thanks!

Active Bills

Cannabis

AB 1793 — would automatically clear the criminal record of anyone convicted of a cannabis-related offense that is no longer a crime.

Criminal Justice

SB 10 — would end for-profit cash bail in California. Cash bail is an Americanism that exists in only two countries: the United States and the Philippines.

Environment

AB 726 and AB 813 (probably not a good idea) — would take the first steps towards handing control over California’s electrical grid to a multi-state regional authority

AB 1775 and SB 834 — would make new offshore drilling financially impossible, regardless of what the federal government does. These are both basically the same bill as SB 188, which was killed in committee in 2017.

SB 49 — enshrines current environmental, public health, and labor standards in state law, so Californians don’t have to rely on whoever’s in Congress to keep from being poisoned.

Health Care

AB 2472 — would allow Californians to buy into Medi-Cal managed care plans, and investigate a statewide public option.

AB 2965 — would remove immigration status as a reason for denying Medi-Cal eligibility

SB 1108 — prohibits work requirements for Medi-Cal eligibility (which, until recently, used to be illegal as a matter of federal policy)

Housing

AB 686 — enshrines into state law federal anti-segregation and anti-discrimination rules that are slated for repeal. Similar in approach to SB 49 (see Environment, above).

Immigration

AB 1862 — would fund legal assistance for the 50,000 Salvadoran-Californians whose protected status the federal government revoked and who might be deported to El Salvador.

AB 1887 — allows students of California colleges who qualify for resident tuition to serve on state boards and commissions relating to higher education (see also SB 174, below)

SB 174 — allows all adult California residents to serve on state boards and commissions, regardless of immigration status.

SB 183 — would forbid ICE from entering state buildings (including courthouses and schools) without a valid warrant, and then solely to arrest the person who is the subject of the warrant.

SB 691 — forbids discrimination on the basis of immigration status in state colleges

See also AB 2965 under Health Care, above

Net Neutrality

AB 1999 — requires that municipal broadband has to abide by net neutrality, protects special districts from having to lease or sell off their broadband infrastructure to private companies.

SB 460 — directs California’s Public Utilities Commission to create and adopt state Net Neutrality regulations

SB 822 — would enshrine net neutrality in state law (no, the FCC probably doesn’t have the power to preempt state law here).

Police Accountability

AB 931 — limits the use of deadly force by peace officers

AB 3131 — requires state and local law enforcement to get approval from civilian leadership before purchasing or using military equipment.

SB 1421 — establishes rules for when peace officers’ personnel records must be available to the public under the California Public Records Act

Taxes

AB 2217 — establishes a tax credit program that benefits California schools and charities and California taxpayers, and disadvantages the federal government.

SB 227 — similar to AB 2217, but only for schools.


If there’s a bill you think we missed, email policy@independentca.org. Generally we’re looking for government reforms, issues involving the federal government, or bills that bring California up to speed with policies in pretty much every other modern democracy.