The 2018 legislative session is over. Here are the bills we wrote an official letter of support or opposition for (look for the SUPPORT/OPPOSE link), as well as other bills that fit into our mission.

If you’d like to help make a difference in 2019, please email us at grassroots@independentca.org.

Signed into Law

AB 686 — would enshrine into state law Obama-era fair housing rules that are slated for repeal

AB 1775 — SUPPORT — and  SB 834 SUPPORT — would make new offshore oil 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.

AB 1887 — allows students of California colleges who qualify for resident tuition to serve on state boards and commissions relating to higher education

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

AB 1999 — would require 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.

AB 2472 — would create an independent body to investigate and propose, by October 2021, a universal health care system with unified public financing. Earlier versions would have created a public option, but it was watered down into a study bill.

SB 10 — ends cash bail in California (cash bail exists in only two countries: the United States and the Philippines). Takes effect in October 2019.

SB 183 — would forbid discrimination on the basis of immigration status in state colleges. Confusingly, this bill used to be SB 691.

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

SB 1108 — would seek a waiver for recent federal work requirements for Medicaid

Resolutions Passed

SCR 78 — endorsed the Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (the United States is the only country to sign this convention but not ratify it).

Dead for Now

AB 813 — OPPOSE — would have attempted to hand control over California’s electrical grid to a multi-state regional authority with no direct accountability to state elected officials. This came down to the wire, with the Senate President Pro Tempore announcing in the final hours of the legislative session that the bill would not move out of the Rules Committee. Thank you to everyone who called committee members; this was a case where every little bit helped.

AB 931 — would have limited the use of deadly force by peace officers

AB 2217SUPPORT — would have established a tax credit program that benefits California schools and charities and California taxpayers, and disadvantages the federal government. We were one of four registered supporters of this bill. The bill’s author pulled it at the last minute. SB 539 takes a similar but more conservative approach by expanding the Cal Grant program.

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

AB 3131 — would require increased transparency when state and local law enforcement purchases military equipment.

SB 49 — would have enshrined federal environmental, public health, and labor standards in state law

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

SB 227 — similar to AB 2217, but only for schools. Same author as SB 539, which takes a similar but more conservative approach.

SB 349 — SUPPORT — would have forbidden civil arrests (i.e. ICE raids) in California courthouses. Confusingly, this bill used to be SB 183.

SB 460 — would have forbidden state agencies from contracting with ISPs that violate net neutrality

SB 539 — would shield California taxpayers from federal tax “reform” by expanding the size and state tax credit percentage for the Cal Grant program.


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.