Legislative Update 2019-05-22T22:43:05.063Z

UPCOMING LEGISLATIVE HEARINGS!

*Upcoming committee hearings*

*AB 4 – Assembly Appropriations Committee – May 1, 2019 9:00 AM* (Expands medicaid to undocumented immigrants of all ages)
*SB 47 – Senate Appropriations Committee – May 6, 2019 10:00 AM* (Requires ballot initiative, referendum, or recall signature gatherers to disclose top funders/endorsers)

State Crunch Time Call-in Week: May 20-24

The last two weeks of May are an exciting time in the California legislature — hundreds of bills will face a floor vote before the crossover deadline on May 31!

This means ALL of our legislators will be voting on critical policies that will affect the lives of all Californians. They need to hear from us. We’re planning to flood their offices with calls the week of May 20th to let them know how we want them to vote on the Indivisible CA statewide priorities!

If we coordinate our calls on the same day, we are more likely to have a bigger impact so we’re planning to call about a different bill each day. We have everything you need in this toolkit including a call script and sample social messaging! Please get the word out to your group and use our patch through number so we can track how many calls we make!

Note: There is no need to  call the cosponsors listed as they already support!

Monday, May 20: AB 4 / SB 29 – Health4All

Expands access to Medi-Cal to undocumented immigrants of all ages.
Co-sponsors: Bonta, Chiu, Santiago, Durazo, Carillo, Gipson, Reyes

Call Script

Hello, my name is <NAME> from <TOWN> and I’m a constituent of <Senator/ Assemblymember> <NAME> from Indivisible. I’m calling to ask <Senator/Assemblymember> <NAME> to support <SB 29/ AB 4> to expand Medi-Cal access to undocumented immigrants. California is stronger when everyone has access to healthcare and we are all healthier when everyone is covered. Can I count on <Senator/Assemblymember> <NAME> to vote YES on <SB 29/ AB 4> on the <Senate/Assembly floor this week?

Sample Tweet

#AB4 and #SB29 would expand Medi-Cal to undocumented immigrants of all ages.

Join our call-in day TODAY for #Health4All!
☎️ 760-891-CALI, press 3 to be connected. Ask your Senator to vote YES on #SB29 & your Assemblymember to vote YES on #AB4.

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Tuesday, May 21: AB 392 – Act to Save Lives

Changes the standard for use of deadly force by police from “reasonable” to only as a last resort and mandates de-escalation.
Co-sponsors: Weber, McCarty, Bradford, Holden, Mitchell, Medina, M.Stone

Call Script

Hello, my name is from and I’m a constituent of Assemblymember from Indivisible. I’m calling to ask Assemblymember to support AB 392 to change California’s policy for police use of deadly force. Too many people, mostly young men of color, are killed at the hands of police every year with no justice due to our weak standard for use of force. This needs to end. Can I count on Assembly member to vote YES on AB 392 on the Assembly floor this week?

Sample Tweet

#AB392 will save lives by raising the standard for police use of deadly force.. #LetUsLive

Join our call-in day TODAY for the Act to Save Lives!
☎️ 760-891-CALI, press 2 to be connected to your Assemblymember to ask them to vote YES on #AB392.

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Wednesday, May 22: AB 32 – End Private Prisons

Prohibits CA Dept of Corrections & Rehabilitations from entering into or renewing contracts with private, for-profit prisons.
Co-sponsors: Bonta, Chiu, Gloria, Gonzalez, Kamlager-Dove, Santiago

Call Script

Hello, my name is <NAME> from <TOWN> and I’m a constituent of Assemblymember <NAME> from Indivisible.  I’m calling to ask Assemblymember <NAME> to support AB 32 to prohibit for-profit prisons in California. No one should profit from human incarceration, especially as our state has refocused our corrections system towards rehabilitation. Can I count on Assemblymember <NAME> to vote YES on AB 32 on the Assembly floor this week?

Sample Tweet

#AB32 will end for-profit prisons in California. No one should profit from human incarceration.

Join our call-in day TODAY to #EndPrivatePrisons! ☎️ 760-891-CALI, press 2 to be connected to your Assemblymember to ask them to vote YES on #AB32.

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Thursday, May 23: SB 200 / AB 217 – Drinking Water

Establishes a Safe Drinking Water Fund to provide secure access to safe drinking water for all Californians.
Co-sponsors: Monning, E.Garcia, Bloom, Bonta, Carrillo , Chau, Chiu, Gipson, Holden, Quirk , R.Rivas, M.Stone, Wicks

Call Script

Hello, my name is <NAME> from <TOWN> and I’m a constituent of <Senator/ Assemblymember> <NAME> from Indivisible. I’m calling to ask <Senator/ Assemblymember> <NAME> to support <SB 200/ AB 217> to ensure that all Californians have access to clean, safe drinking water. Can I count on <Senator/ Assemblymember> <NAME> to vote YES on <SB 200/ AB 217> on the <Senate/ Assembly> floor this week?

Sample Tweet

#SB200 & #AB217 will ensure that all Californians have access to clean, safe drinking water. #NoToxicTaps

Join our call-in day TODAY for clean water! ☎️ 760-891-CALI, press 3 to be connected. Ask your Senator to vote YES on #SB200 & your Assemblymember to vote YES on #AB217.

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Friday, May 24: AB 1217 – Issue Ad DISCLOSE Act

Requires top 3 funders of issue ads meant to influence legislative or administrative actions.
Co-sponsors: Mullin, Aguiar-Curry, Berman , Dodd , Grayson, Hertzberg, Hill , Mayes, Portantino , Ting, Wieckowski

Call Script

Hello, my name is <NAME> from <TOWN> and I’m a constituent of Assemblymember <NAME> from Indivisible. I’m calling to ask Assemblymember <NAME> to support AB 1217 to require disclosure of funders for issue advertisements. I am concerned about big money interests secretly trying to kill legislation using issue attack ads and believe we deserve to know who is paying for these types of ads. Can I count on Assemblymember <NAME> to vote YES on AB 1217 on the Assembly floor?

Sample Tweet

#AB1217 will require issue ads to reveal their top donors because Californians have a right to know.

Join our call-in day TODAY for disclosure!
☎️ 760-891-CALI, press 2 to be connected to your Assemblymember to ask them to vote YES on #AB1217.

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Legislative Update 2019-04-20T01:18:33Z

*Upcoming Committee Hearings*
*SB 29 – Senate Appropriations Committee – April 22, 2019 10:00 AM* (Expands medicaid to undocumented immigrants of all ages)
*AB 1332 – Assembly Judiciary Committee – April 23, 2019 8:00 AM* (Prohibits localities from entering into new contracts or investing in with entities that work with ICE/CBP by sharing data or providing detention facilities)
*SB 47 – Senate Public Safety Committee – April 23, 2019 8:00 AM* (Requires ballot initiative, referendum, or recall signature gatherers and issue ads to disclose top funders/endorsers)
*SB 230 – Senate Public Safety Committee – April 23, 2019 8:30 AM* (Requires agencies to make their use of force policy accessible to the public and sets use of force to be okay when officer “reasonably believes” there is threat)
*SB 200 – Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee – April 23, 2019 9:30 AM* (Ensure that every Californian has the right to safe, clean, affordable, and accessible drinking water)
*AB 177 – Assembly Appropriations Committee – April 24, 2019 9:00 AM* (Create a statewide holiday for election day)
*AB 363 – Assembly Appropriations Committee – April 24, 2019 9:00 AM* (Requires voting centers in all counties to be open the Saturday, Sunday, & Monday before an election.)
*AB 646 – Assembly Appropriations Committee – April 24, 2019 9:00 AM* (Restores voting rights to people on parole)
*AB 1217 – Assembly Elections and Redistricting Committee – April 25, 2019 9:00 AM* (Requires ballot initiative, referendum, or recall signature gatherers and issue ads to disclose top funders/endorsers)

Legislative Update 2019-04-13T17:01:28Z

*AB 1217 – Assembly Elections and Redistricting Committee – April 25, 2019 10:00 AM* (Requires ballot initiative, referendum, or recall signature gatherers and issue ads to disclose top funders/endorsers)
*SB 200 – Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee – April 23, 2019 9:30 AM* (Ensure that every Californian has the right to safe, clean, affordable, and accessible drinking water)
*SB 230 – Senate Public Safety Committee – April 23, 2019 8:30 AM* (Requires agencies to make their use of force policy accessible to the public and sets use of force to be okay when officer “reasonably believes” there is threat)
*AB 1332 – Assembly Judiciary Committee – April 23, 2019 8:00 AM* (Prohibits localities from entering into new contracts or investing in with entities that work with ICE/CBP by sharing data or providing detention facilities)
*SB 47 – Senate Public Safety Committee – April 23, 2019 8:00 AM* (Requires ballot initiative, referendum, or recall signature gatherers and issue ads to disclose top funders/endorsers)
*SB 29 – Senate Appropriations Committee – April 22, 2019 10:00 AM* (Expands medicaid to undocumented immigrants of all ages)

Legislative Update 2019-04-08T23:10:46Z

UPCOMING COMMITEE HEARINGS

– SB 29 – Senate Appropriations Committee – April 8, 2019 10:00 AM – (Expands medicaid to undocumented immigrants of all ages)

– AB 392 – Assembly Public Safety Committee – April 9, 2019 9:00 AM – (Redefines the circumstances in which use of police use of deadly force would be considered justifiable to be in self-defense)

– AB 4 – Assembly Health Committee – April 9, 2019 1:30 PM – (Expands medicaid to undocumented immigrants of all ages)

– AB 646 – Assembly Elections and Redistricting Committee – April 10, 2019 9:00 AM – (Restores voting rights to people on parole)

– AB 1217 – Assembly Elections and Redistricting Committee – April 10, 2019 9:00 AM – (Requires ballot initiative, referendum, or recall signature gatherers and issue ads to disclose top funders/endorsers)

– SB 47 – Senate Public Safety Committee – April 23, 2019 8:00 AM – (Requires ballot initiative, referendum, or recall signature gatherers and issue ads to disclose top funders/endorsers)

– SB 200 – Senate Environmental Quality Committee – April 23, 2019 9:30 AM – (Ensure that every Californian has the right to safe, clean, affordable, and accessible drinking water)

Legislative Update

UPCOMING COMMITTEE HEARINGS

– SB 47 – Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee – April 2, 2019 9:30 AM (Requires ballot initiative, referendum, or recall signature gatherers and issue ads to disclose top funders/endorsers)
– AB 1332 – Assembly Public Employment and Retirement Committee – April 3, 2019 9:30 AM (Prohibits localities from entering into new contracts or investing in with entities that work with ICE/CBP by sharing data or providing detention facilities)
– SB 200 – Senate Environmental Quality Committee – April 23, 2019 9:30 AM (Ensure that every Californian has the right to safe, clean, affordable, and accessible drinking water)
– AB 177 – Assembly Governmental Organization Committee – April 3, 2019 1:30 PM* (Create a statewide holiday for election day)
– AB 392 – Assembly Public Safety Committee – April 9, 2019 9:00 AM (Redefines the circumstances in which use of police use of deadly force would be considered justifiable to be in self-defense)
– AB 4 – Assembly Health Committee – April 9, 2019 1:30 PM (Expands medicaid to undocumented immigrants of all ages)
– AB 646 – Assembly Elections and Redistricting Committee – April 10, 2019 9:00 AM (Restores voting rights to people on parole)
– AB 1217 – Assembly Elections and Redistricting Committee – April 10, 2019 9:00 AM (Requires ballot initiative, referendum, or recall signature gatherers and issue ads to disclose top funders/endorsers)

Support Letter – SB 29 – Health4All

Submit a letter from your Indivisible group in support of SB 29/AB 4, which would would provide full-scope Medi-Cal to income-eligible adults by removing immigration status as an eligibility exclusion.

How to submit a letter:

  1. Make a copy of this letter template.
  2. Check out our tutorial on how to submit a letter.
  3. Submit the letter using the instructions at the top of the template letter.

Background

Undocumented Californians are facing a health care crisis. Over the last two years, the federal government has carried out harmful attacks on immigrant communities by separating families, increasing deportations, and undermining our health care system and safety net. This has resulted in serious trauma that is affecting the physical and mental well-being of many Californians. It is critical that our state take action now to protect the health of all low-income Californians, regardless of where they were born. Undocumented adults have contributed to our economy and social fabric for decades. They are 10% of our workforce and are parents to 1 in 6 children in California.

Support Letter – ACA 6 – Free the Vote

Submit a letter on behalf of your Indivisible group in support of ACA 6, which places a state constitutional amendment on the 2020 ballot that restores voting rights to Californians serving a period of parole in California.

How to submit a letter:

  1. Make a copy of this letter template in support of ACA 6.
  2. Check out our tutorial on how to submit a letter.
  3. Submit the letter using the instructions at the top of the template letter.

Background

Our democracy is rooted in the idea that everyone’s voice matters. However, in violation of these core American values, California continues to lock some people out of the voting booth. Currently, nearly 50,000 people in the Golden State are barred from participating in local, state, and federal elections simply because they are on parole. Because of persistent structural inequalities in our criminal legal system, these community members are disproportionately people of color.

Support Letter – AB 392 and Oppose Letter – SB 230 – Police Use of Deadly Force

Please submit a letter in support of AB 392 and in opposition to SB 230 regarding police use of deadly force in California.

How to submit a letter:

  1. Make a copy of this letter template in support of AB 392.
  2. Make a copy of this letter template in opposition to SB 230.
  3. Check out our tutorial on how to submit a letter.
  4. Submit the letter using the instructions at the top of the template letter.

Background

We did amazing work last year on AB 3131. It would have added transparency into police militarization. Though that bill was ultimately vetoed, we moved it so much further than anyone thought was possible and demonstrated the impact of our collective power.

This year, the California legislature will be considering AB 392 to change the police use of deadly force policy in California — this is the new version of AB 931 from last year, which stalled in the last days of session. Given the high incidence of police shootings in California and their disproportionate impact on people of color, it is important than ever that we stand as allies with the communities most impacted by police violence.

AB3131 Vetoed by Governor Brown – Sept 2018

We are devastated to share the news that on Thursday, 9/29 Governor Brown vetoed AB 3131, which would have held law enforcement accountable to their communities when they wanted to get military-grade weapons. In his veto message, he said that AB 3131 was “overbroad” and “creates an unnecessary bureaucratic hurdle” for law enforcement.

We strongly disagree. We all deserve a say in how our communities are policed, and we deserve a legally mandated venue for telling law enforcement that we don’t want them to use sniper rifles on us and our neighbors. (If that sounds overwrought, consider that over 6,000 rifles have been transferred to local law enforcement agencies in California since the military transfer program began.)

But even in our disappointment, we are proud to have co-sponsored AB 3131 with the ACLU of California Center for Advocacy & Policy, American Friends Service Committee, and the Anti Police-Terror Project. We are proud of the members of Indivisible chapters across California who made calls, wrote letters, and met with their legislators. This was our first attempt at co-sponsoring legislation, and we never could have gotten so far without YOUR help. Thank you so much! We are also incredibly grateful to authors Assemblymembers Todd Gloria and David Chiu, who shepherded the bill through the legislature, and Senator Jerry Hill, who advocated for it on the Senate floor.

We will fight again when the legislative session restarts in January, and with your help we will be savvier and stronger.