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Administration of Justice Bill of Interest

August 8, 2019

As the Legislature returns from summer recess, the CSAC Administration of Justice staff continue to engage in the below bills as they move through the last month of the legislative session.

AB 1477 (Gloria) would entitle a city with a population greater than 750,000 to keep the entirety of any civil penalty recovered from an action brought by the city attorney of that city in response to unfair business or advertising practices.   The current division of funding between the cities and counties provides both the city and the county the resources that they need to enforce consumer protection laws.  CSAC is opposed to this legislation as it would take these resources away from the county. AB 1477 is waiting to be heard on the Senate Floor.

AB 206 (Chiu) would protect property owners and public entities that voluntarily participate in a lead paint abatement program, this bill provides limited immunity from lawsuits and other claims associated with the property owner or public entities’ participation in the lead abatement program. CSAC is in support of this measure. AB 206 is waiting to be heard on the Senate Floor

SB 42 (Skinner) would require each county sheriff develop release standards in accordance with the provisions of this bill which will provide the safe release of a person from custody.  The legislation passed out of Senate Appropriations with amendments that delete the requirement that a sheriff’s department transport the offender to anywhere in the county.  CSAC has not taken a position on this bill but will continue to monitor it as it will be heard in Assembly Appropriations Committee on August 14.

SB 555 (Mitchell) would require that the sale prices of the items in a county jail canteen are offered for sale at the cost paid to the vendor supplying the items.  This legislation, additionally, prohibits commissions in telephone and communication service contracts for juvenile facilities and county jails and requires such telephone and communication service contracts to be negotiated and awarded to the lowest cost provider. CSAC has not taken a position on this bill but will continue to monitor it as it will be heard in Assembly Appropriations Committee on August 14.

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