Areas of Legislative Interest
California Police Chiefs Association’s 2014 Legislative Priorities
As the primary provider of front-line public safety in California, members of the California Police Chiefs Association are actively engaged in Legislative efforts that are supportive of our mission to protect the Californians we serve. The California Police Chiefs Association provides front-line public safety protection for 78% of California residents.
In brief, here are our areas of Legislative interest:
Drugged and Distracted Driving
We will continue to push both SB 289 and SB 604 and support other distracted driving legislation. SB 289, sponsored by Cal Chiefs, provides that it is unlawful for a person to drive a vehicle if his or her blood contains any drug classified in Schedule I, II, III or IV under the California Uniform Controlled Substances Act, unless the drug was consumed in accordance with a valid prescription. SB 604, also sponsored by Cal Chiefs, prohibits solicitation on the median divide. As of now, SB 289 and SB 604 are both two year bills.
AB 109 Funding and Policy Issues
We will sponsor the three following legislative recommendations from the recent Stanford Law realignment report; allow criminal history to be considered when determining if the county or the state will supervise a parolee; certain repeated, technical violations should warrant a prison sentence; and county jail sentences should be capped at a maximum of three years. Furthermore, we will continue to work with the gubernatorial administration to ensure sustainable future funding for related AB 109 expenses.
Internet Gambling, Internet Cafes
We plan to sponsor legislation prohibiting the use of internet cafes as a means to engage in internet gambling. These cafes are hosting illegal gambling operations and result in crime spillover into the surrounding areas.
We will take the lead in sponsoring legislation that would reduce the maximum amount of time required to save video from public video or CCTV systems in the case that another public safety organization does not step forward, in which case we will support such legislation.
Failure to Appear
We will support legislation dealing with mandatory reporting (Vehicle code 40509 (a)). We intend for such legislation to require, rather than simply allow, courts to notify the DMV in the case of a failure to appear.
Local Control over Massage Parlors
We will let the current legislation in place, SB 731, sunset at the end of 2014. SB 731 has not succeeded and we believe that we should bring these institutions under tighter local control. We will work with organizations such as the League of Cities on this issue.
Capping Civil Judgment
We will support legislation mandating that a cap be placed on judgments against public agencies. These judgments are affecting local law enforcement funding and are have an adverse impact on law enforcement’s ability to deliver essential services.
We will support a modification of the current law that would either eliminate the current approval requirement for an agency to use a throw phone or, at a minimum, streamline the process and provide a more reasonable timeline for law enforcement, the DA’s office and the courts.
Protecting Victims of Stolen Property in Pawn Shops
We will support legislation that would enable judges to order stolen property being sold at a pawn shop to be returned to the original victim if the suspect is charged for either stealing or pawning the stolen property.
Loss of Gas Tax (Rise in Hybrids)
With the increase in electric and hybrid vehicle use, it is necessary to explore new fees for hybrid and electric car owners in order to compensate for the loss of gas taxes on fuel-efficient vehicles. We will support efforts by groups such as The League of Cities and CSAC on this issue.
We will support POST’s recommended direction and work closely with executive director Bob Stresak.