Legislation

LEGISLATIVE SUCCESSES IN 2015

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LEGISLATIVE SUCCESSES IN 2016

It goes without saying that legislation rolling out of Sacramento and Washington DC has profound effects on law enforcement and public employees. That's why PPOA has dedicated significant resources to our lobbying and legislative agenda for more than 30 years. Without strategic, well-planned political action, the many interests of PPOA members (as law enforcement employees) would be lost in the process of lawmaking. Every hot-button issue for public safety personnel from cop-killers to body cameras to pension reform is directly affected by legislation. As you know, some legislators support law enforcement and some do not. That's why PPOA's legislative vigilance is absolutely crucial.

PPOA scored numerous legislative victories in 2016. Your union was successful in securing the passage of key bills and defeating dangerous bills that would have been detrimental to PPOA members. This is a partial list of bills introduced in the recent legislative session that PPOA actively supported, opposed or closely monitored:

GOOD LEGISLATION SUPPORTED BY PPOA / SIGNED INTO LAW

AB 701 (Sex Crimes) changes the definition of rape, spousal rape, and unlawful sexual intercourse to instead mean penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, under the specified conditions.

AB 1554 (Powdered Alcohol) prohibits the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control from issuing a license to manufacture, distribute, or sell powdered alcohol, as defined.

AB 1798 (Gun-shaped Phone Cases) specifies that an imitation firearm includes a cell phone case that is substantially similar in coloration and overall appearance to a firearm as to lead a reasonable person to perceive that the case is a firearm.

AB 2028 (Wrongful Termination) clarifies that "wrongfully" terminated public employees are entitled to have their service credit restored in CalPERS.

AB 2165 (Firearms) expands the list of entities permitted to keep and carry "non-roster handguns" while on active duty, if they have gone through the appropriate training.

AB 2337 (Employment Protections) requires employers to provide their employees with written notice of their right to take time off from work for certain purposes if they are a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking.

AB 2888 (Sex Crimes) amends the Penal Code to include all sexual assault felonies perpetrated against intoxicated and unconscious victims to the list of offenses ineligible for probation.

SB 6 (Cop Killers) closes a grievous loophole in California's Medical Parole and Compassionate Release laws to prohibit release of any person who commits murder against a peace officer in the line of duty.

SB 448 (Sex Offenders) makes various amendments to the Californians Against Sexual Exploitation Act to address constitutional concerns relative to requiring registered sex offenders to report their internet identifiers to law enforcement.

SB 1182 (Date Rape Drugs) Provides that possession of date-rape drugs (GHB, Rohypnol or ketamine) with the intent to commit a sex crime, will be a felony.

BAD LEGISLATION OPPOSED BY PPOA / PREVENTED FROM BEING SIGNED INTO LAW

AB 1948 (Meal & Rest Breaks) Would have substantially weakened worker rights to meal, rest and recovery breaks.

AB 1957 (Body Cameras) Would have permitted public disclosure of body worn camera footage in certain police complaint circumstances.

AB 2468 (Pension Formulas) Would have created a new retirement formula under PEPRA: starting with 1% at age 55 and maxing out at 2.5% at age 70.

SB 966 (Prior Convictions) Would have rewarded career drug dealers by giving them the same sentence as someone who has committed a first offense.

SB 1286 (Peace Officer Records) Would have allowed general access to records related to sustained charges against an officer, access to records relating to any use of force deemed likely to cause death or bodily injury, allow persons who file complaints to access information.

PPOA KEY PLAYER IN SUCCESSFUL DEATH PENALTY REFORM CAMPAIGN

PPOA was a leader among law enforcement associations campaigning for Prop 66 in order to reform (rather than repeal) the California death penalty and, ultimately, speed up executions while saving taxpayers millions of dollars. With significant help from your union, this proposition was approved by voters.