2022-2023 Legislative Agenda

All bills prioritized and supported by the CLBC meet the objective of the caucus: Economic Security, Educational Equity, Racial and Social Justice

2022-2023 Priority Bills

Criminal Justice

Bonta    AB 1706 - Automatic Resentencing, Dismissal, & Sealing of Past Cannabis Convictions

Ensures prior cannabis convictions, already deemed eligible for automatic sealing, are reduced, dismissed, and sealed now that cannabis is legal under state law.

Kamlager  ACA 3 – Slavery:  Involuntary Servitude

This constitutional amendment removes language in the state Constitution that allows involuntary servitude as punishment to a crime.

Kamlager   SB 1304 - CDCR Gate Money Allowance Increase

Seeks to increase the amount of money the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) gives to people upon release from state prisons to $2589.

K-12 Education

Weber/Holden  AB 2774  LCFF Lowest Performing Sub Group

Provides continuous appropriation of $400,000,000 to the California Department of Education’s to establish the Low Performing Students Block Grant.

Weber  AB 2598  Restorative Justice Practices

Requires California Department of Education to develop a standard model to implement restorative justice practices on a school campus.

Housing and Homelessness

Jones-Sawyer  AB 2382  Ban the Box on Rental Housing

This bill prohibits a landlord from conducting a criminal background check during the initial review of housing applicants.

Bryan  AB 1816  Reentry Housing and Workforce Development Program

Provides competitive grants to counties, homeless COC, CBOs to fund housing, reentry services and workforce development for people recently released from incarceration and at risk of homelessness.


2022-2023 Support Bills

Health and Human Services

Bonta  AB 2253  Gun Violence as a Public Health Crisis

Declares it the policy of the state that gun violence be addressed as a public health crisis and establishes the State Crime and Violence Prevention Center (SCVPC) within the DOJ.

Gipson  AB 2426  Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital/ Expansion of Supplemental Funding

Seeks to expand supplemental funding to the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital (MLKCH). The increasing volume of patients in the hospital’s emergency department accounts for loses approximately $25 million annually.

General Government and Statewide Issues

Jones-Sawyer  AB 2296  Reparations Task Force

This bill extends the Reparations Task Force sunset date to July 1, 2024.

Infrastructure and Technology

Bryan   AB 2419  California Justice 40 Act

Ensures that federal climate and infrastructure will advance California's to promote equity, environmental justice, and a high-road economy through targeted investments to disadvantaged and low-income communities.

Labor and Workforce Development

Holden   AB 1604   Upward Mobility Act of 2022

Requires diversity on all state boards and commissions that have volunteers. And requires data to be provided to the Reparations Task Force for their deliberations.

McCarty   AB 2670   CA RISE

Re-entry employment development program that provides comprehensive services for those formerly incarcerated.

K -12 Education

McCarty  AB740  Educational Rights of Students in Foster Care

Protects the educational rights of foster students during school disciplinary proceedings.

Bonta   AB 2498   Freedom Schools Demonstration Project

Establishes a three-year pilot project to provide grants to local education agencies (LEAs) to create and offer full day, culturally-relevant summer school literacy and learning loss mitigation programs.

Criminal Justice

Gipson  AB 1621  Ban on Ghost Guns (Chaptered)

This bill seeks to increase public safety by further restricting “ghost guns” and the parts and kits used to build them, while protecting the rights of legal gun owners in California.

Holden   AB2632   California Mandela Act on Solitary Confinement

Defines what constitutes solitary confinement, sets limits on its use, and bans the use for vulnerable populations, including those with disabilities and pregnant women.