2022 Legislative Agenda

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

2022 Top Legislative Priorities

Criminal Justice

AB1706 - Automatic Resentencing, Dismissal, & Sealing of Past Cannabis Convictions

Author: Bonta

Summary: AB1706 ensures prior cannabis convictions, already deemed eligible for automatic sealing, are reduced, dismissed, and sealed now that cannabis is legal under state law.

Likely Support: Amazon.com, Californians for Safety and Justice, Drug Policy Alliance, Ella Baker Center, Root & Rebound, Prosecutors Alliance of California. See fact sheet for more.

SB 1304 - CDCR Gate Money Allowance Increase

Author: Kamlager

Summary: 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.Likely Support/opposition: Criminal Justice reform organizations likely in support. Department of Finance may oppose.

K thru 12 Education

AB2774 - LCFF Lowest Performing Sub Group

Author: Weber/Holden

Sponsor: Fortune Schools

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

AB2598 - Restorative Justice Practices

Author: Weber

Sponsor: Disability Rights California

Summary: Requires CDE to develop a standard model to implement restorative justice practices on a school campus Likely Support: Educational equity groups

Housing and Homelessness

AB2383 - Ban the Box on Rental Housing

Author: Jones-Sawyer

Summary: This bill prohibits a landlord from conducting a criminal background check during the initial review of housing applicants. Likely Support: Criminal justice and housing advocates

AB1816: Reentry Housing and Workforce Development Program

Author: Bryan

Co-Authors: Kalra, Stern, Carrillo, L. Rivas, R. Rivas, Stone

Sponsors: CSH, Western Center, Housing CA, LARRP, PATH, REPAC

Summary: 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. Support: Dozens of housing and criminal legal system advocates. No registered opposition


2022 Legislative Top Support Priorities

Health and Human Services

AB 2253: Gun Violence as a Public Health Crisis

Author: Bonta

Summary: 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.

AB 2426 - Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital/ Expansion of Supplemental Funding re ER for MLKCH

Author: Gipson

Sponsor: MLK Community Hospital

Summary: 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

AB2296 - Reparations Task Force

Author: Jones-Sawyer

Summary: This bill extends the Reparations Task Force sunset date to July 1, 2024. Likely Support: Black and other ethnic organizations.

Infrastructure and Technology

AB 2419 - California Justice40 Act

Author: Bryan

Summary: Ensures that federal climate and infrastructure will advance California's to promote equity, enviornmental justice, and a high-road economy through targeted investments to disadvantaged and low-income communities. Likely Support: Dozens of environmental and community organizations. No registered opposition

Labor and Workforce Development

AB 1604 Upward Mobility Act of 2022

Author: Holden

Summary: 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. Likely Support: California State NAACP, African American Community Empowerment Council, Coalition for a Just and Equitable California, National Assembly of American Slavery Descendants, Los Angeles

AB2670 - CA RISE

Author: McCarty

Sponsor: REDF (Roberts Enterprise Development Fund)

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

K thru 12 Education

AB740 - Educational Rights of Students in Foster Care

Author: McCarty

Co-Sponsors: Children’s Advocacy Institute; Children’s Law Center; Legal Advocates for Children & Youth 

Summary: Protects the educational rights of foster students during school disciplinary proceedings. Likely Support: Black Minds Matter Coalition

AB2498 - Freedom Schools Demonstration Project

Author: Bonta

Sponsor: Tony Thurmond, State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Co-sponsor: Children's Defense Fund, California 

Summary: 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. Likely Support: This bill is currently supported by the SSPI and the Children’s Defense Fund-California. It will likely be supported by literacy-focused community-based organizations. Not aware of any opposition at this time.

Criminal Justice

AB 1621 - Ban on Ghost Guns

Author: Gipson

Sponsor: Brady Campaign, Giffords

Summary: Assembly Bill 1621 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. Likely Support - Brady Campaign, Giffords, Law Enforcement, African American crime victims

AB2632 – California Mandela Act on Solitary Confinement

Author: Holden

Sponsors: NextGen, Disability Rights, Immigrant Defense Advocates

Summary: Defines what constitutes solitary confinement, sets limits on its use, and bans the use for vulnerable populations, including those with disabilities and pregnant women.  Likely Support: Immigrant Defense Advocates (Sponsor) NextGen California (Sponsor) Disability Rights California (Sponsor) Initiate Justice (Sponsor) California Collaborative for Immigrant Justice (Sponsor) Prison Law Office (Sponsor)