PORAC has worked very hard this year to try and stop AB 931 by Assemblymember Shirley Weber. This is a very dangerous bill that would result in more deaths of officers and the public. Bottom line, it would put everyone at an increased risk of crime.
Yesterday, the Senate removed AB 931 from the Senate Appropriations Committee and referred it to the Senate Rules Committee. This means it did not come up as part of the “suspense file” yesterday. The bill is still alive, but the Senate wants more time to consider amendments or other options. This buys some time to “negotiate” but we have been clear that as long as it changes the standard from “reasonable” to “necessary”, we have no room to negotiate on the bill. If that is removed, there are some other things that can be considered relating to training and policy changes.
If the Senate or the sponsors of the bill wish to negotiate on amendments, then those negotiations have to occur by next week. All amendments must be in print and to the Assembly Floor by the 28th of August. If no action is taken on the bill and it remains with the Senate Rules Committee past the 28th without rule waivers by the full Senate, AB 931 will stay with the Committee for the year.