OUR 2016
BUDGET & POLICY PRIORITIES

Through a series of meetings with key policy makers and various allies and partner organizations, PICO California developed a platform of budget and policy priorities for 2016. Local PICO directors and board members in each federation held local conversations to vet the proposed platform, culminating in a formal vote of local Boards of Directors to endorse the platform.  The final platform includes key policy priorities focused on: restorative justice; public access to information about use of force, and egregious misconduct by peace officers; transparent review of unjust transfers and holds of immigrants; health for all; sentencing reform; college for all; and ending private immigration prisons.  Key budget priorities are focused on: revising the Proposition 47 funding formula; opposing new jail construction; and, education, outreach and application assistance for lawful permanent residents eligible for citizenship and undocumented immigrants eligible for administrative relief.

 

WE ARE CO-SPONSORING:                                           

Assembly Bill 2590 (Weber) - Restorative Justice: AB 2590 eliminates all references to punishment in statute by declaring that the purpose of sentencing is public safety, achieved through accountability, rehabilitation and restorative justice.  AB 2590 also encourages restorative justice options as an alternative to incarceration for all offenders

STATUS: PASSED THE ASSEMBLY

 

Senate Bill 1286 (Sen. Leno) - Law Enforcement Transparency Bill: This bill would enhance public access to basic information about serious uses of force, and egregious misconduct, by peace officers.


WE ARE SUPPORTING:

Assembly Bill 2765 (Weber) - Extension of sunset of Proposition 47 reclassification:  AB 2765 would extend the three-year sunset for reclassification of drug possession and petty theft offenses under Proposition 47.

STATUS: AMENDED TO A FIVE YEAR EXTENSION AND PASSED THE ASSEMBLY

Assembly Bill 2792 (Bonta) –TRUTH Act - Transparent Review of Unjust Transfers and Holds: AB 2792, the TRUTH Act, establishes a transparent process, including community engagement, prior to local law enforcement participation in immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deportation programs.  Local law enforcement must then reach an Enforcement (ICE) deportation programs. Local law enforcement must then reach an agreement with their city council or county supervisors, dictating the terms and conditions of any participation in such programs, and ensure compliance with the state’s TRUST Act.

STATUS: PASSED THE ASSEMBLY

 

SB 10 (Lara) - Health for All: SB 10 would require the California Health and Human Services Agency to apply for a waiver under Section 1332 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) to allow persons otherwise not able to obtain coverage by reason of immigration status to obtain coverage through Covered California.

STATUS: PASSED THE ASSEMBLY

 

Senate Bill 966 (Sen. Mitchell) - Repeal Ineffective Sentencing Enhancements Act:  SB 966 would repeal the three-year sentence enhancement for prior drug convictions. The enhancement is applied consecutively — three years for every prior conviction for possession for sale, sale or similar drug offense to any person currently convicted for a similar offense. Since realignment, this has resulted in hundreds being sentenced to county jails for more than five or even ten years.

STATUS: TBD

 

SB 1050 (De Leon) - College for All:  SB 1050 would build off of the success of the Local Control Funding Formula and prioritize access to UC and CSU seats for underrepresented students.  It would also help fund counseling and academic supports for high priority school districts.  

STATUS: PASSED THE SENATE

 

Senate Bill 1289 (Lara) - Ending Private Immigration Private Prisons: SB 1289 would outlaw private immigration detention contracts and codify the national immigration detention standards and create a right of action (right to sue) if they are violated.

STATUS: PASSED THE SENATE


BUDGET PRIORITIES

Revise Proposition 47 funding formula:  The Live Free campaign has prioritized the implementation of Proposition 47 and a critical component is compelling Governor Brown and the Department of Finance to revise the formula that determines the savings and reallocation under Proposition 47. The current formula underestimates the amount that is saved and can be reinvested in re-entry services, education and trauma-informed care.

STATUS: ASSEMBLY BUDGET COMMITTEE INCREASED FUNDING BY $10 MILLION

 

Oppose $250 million in new jail construction funding:  Governor Brown has also proposed an additional $250 million in funding for new jail construction and we are strongly encouraging that we oppose that funding.

STATUS: BOTH ASSEMBLY AND SENATE BUDGET COMMITTEES OPPOSED FUNDING FOR NEW JAIL CONSTRUCTION

 

One California:  We ask that $40 million be appropriated, through the Department of Social Services, to assist qualified nonprofits to provide education, outreach and application assistance for lawful permanent residents eligible for citizenship and undocumented immigrants eligible for administrative relief.

STATUS: TBD