These Nine Bad Bills are rushing through the legislature with no Sacramento media left to WARN the public.
Forbid Police From Using "Less Than Lethal" Rounds or Tear Gas to Disperse Crowds Except In Sac'to Specified Circumstances? Bill Co-Authored By LB State Senator Gonzalez Proposes This And It's Coming To Sac'to Committee Vote In Days
|(August 1, 2020, 8:15 p.m.) -- Should state lawmakers forbid police agencies statewide from using "less than lethal" rounds or tear gas to disperse any assembly, protest, demonstration, or other gathering of people. except under Sacramento specified circumstances?
That's the key portion of AB 66 (which began as a bill to exempt diapers from state tax but under Sacramento's "gut and amend" procedure (new text inserted in an unrelated bill to bypass normally required policy hearings) now propose to do the following:
...Except as otherwise provided in subdivision (d), kinetic energy projectiles or chemical agents shall not be used by any law enforcement agency to disperse any assembly, protest, demonstration, or other gathering of people.
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AB 66 continues multiple other provisions. To see its text in full, >click here.
Long Beach was at ground zero for these issues. A peaceful marching crowd morphed into uncontrolled and unabated looting, and in covering the story in downtown Long Beach KPCC reporter Adolfo Guzman Lope was struck/wounded by an LBPD-fired "less than lethal" round. The latter event was reported on LAist >here and LBPD subsequently released a video report to the community on the incident (below.)
AB 66 as now amended is co-authored by state Senator Lena Gonzalez (D, LB-SE L.A. County) along withy Senators Maria Elena Durazo (D, Los Angeles) and Scott Wiener (D, SF). Its Assembly co-authors include Lorena Gonzalez, Gipson, Arambula, Boerner, Horvath, Choi, Chu, Diep, Eduardo Garcia, Lackey, Mathis, McCarty, Patterson, Robert Rivas, Rodriguez, Blanca Rubio, and Voepel.
On August 7, AB 66 is tentatively expected to receive its first (and to date only) policy hearing in the state Senate's Public Safety Committee The Committee is chaired by State Senator Nancy Skinner (D, Berkeley); its Vice Chair is Senator John Moorlach (R, Irvine). Other Committee members (majority are Democrats) are Senators Steven Bradford, Hannah-Beth Jackson, Holly J. Mitchell, Mike Morrell and Scott Wiener.
If the state Senate Pubic Safety Committee approves AB 66, it will likely move to the state Senate Appropriations Committee and, if Democrat legislative leadership approves, will advance to the state Senate for a floor vote. Because AB 66 is a "gut and amend measure," it's already technically "passed" the Assembly, but may or may not receive an Assembly policy committee hearing before coming to the full Assembly for concurrence in the state Senate text.
To date, the City of LB has taken no position AB 66. LB's Mayor and nearly all Council incumbents have been endorsed by the LB Police Officers Ass'n PAC (including incumbents Austin and Andrews and candidate Allen) in the November 2020 cycle.
After what you observed in Long Beach on May 31-June 1, should your Councilmember vote to put the City of LB on record as supporting AB 66, or oppose it unless amended, or oppose it outright...or take no position?
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