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Deadline to call April 22: SB 200 (Monning) - to ensure that all Californians have access to clean, safe, and affordable drinking water. Summary of Bill: Close to one million Californians may be exposed to unsafe drinking water in their homes and schools, which impacts health and community development. A significant number of California residents rely on small water systems and wells, which face a threat of contamination. This bill would establish a permanent Safe Drinking Water Fund to provide a stable source of funding to secure access to safe drinking water for all Californians and also ensure the long-term sustainability of drinking water service and infrastructure. More bill info and link to call script.
Deadline to call, now until April 27. Summary of Bill: Co-authored by Mark Stone. AB 392 changes the standard under California law for when police can use deadly force. Existing law, which dates back to 1872, allows for police to use any “reasonable” force. AB 931 would make it clear that an officer cannot use deadly force if they have any other reasonable options, that officers must use de-escalation and other tactics where feasible, and that decision-makers like courts and police departments must consider the officers’ conduct in creating the need for the use of deadly force in determining whether it is justified. This law would make California law the strongest in the country when it comes to police deadly force. Given the many police killings in California, most notably that of Stephon Clark in Sacramento, it is clear that we need an update on our laws around police use of force. Law enforcement officers kill more people in California than in any other state. Moreover, individual police departments in San Francisco, Seattle and Chicago have already adopted these stricter rules as their own policy. Seattle, which made the change in 2011, has seen reduced use of force without any increased injury to officers or crime. More bill info. Link to call script. Want to be part of the SCI StateStrong team? Contact us amanda