Administration of Justice Bills of Interest
July 5, 2019
AB 597 (Levine) extends the sunset date by two years on the use of “flash incarceration,” which is a period of detention of up to ten days in a county jail without going before a judge, for a violation of an offender’s conditions of probation or mandatory supervision. CSAC supported AB 597, which was sponsored by the Chief Probation Officers of California (CPOC) and signed into law by the Governor on July 1.
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 1390 (Stone) expands the Transitional Age Youth (TAY) Pilot Program to defendants who are 21 years of age or older, but under 25 years of age at the time of the offense with approval of the multidisciplinary team. CSAC is in support of this measure. AB 1390 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.
AB 516 (Chiu) would limit the ability of localities to enforce state and local vehicle violations. CSAC is concerned that AB 516 would remove some of the necessary tools that local authorities utilize to address vehicles left on the road for 72 or more consecutive hours, vehicles with lapsed vehicle registration and having five or more delinquent parking or traffic violations. AB 516 is set to be heard on July 9 in the Senate Public Safety Committee.
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 was 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 moves through the legislature. SB 42 is waiting to be heard in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
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 moves through the legislature. SB 555 is set to be heard on July 9 in the Assembly Public Safety Committee.