Civil Rights


AB 2542 - Criminal procedure: discrimination
DRC Support - Request for Signature

This bill prohibits the state from seeking or upholding a conviction or sentence that is discriminatory based on race, ethnicity, or national origin. It is a countermeasure to a widely condemned 1987 legal precedent established in the case of McCleskey v. Kemp.

AB 2542 Position Letter (pdf)
AB 2542 Position Letter (rtf)


AB 3121 - Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans
DRC Support - Request for Signature

AB 3121 assumes that people who suffer injuries and losses through the malicious or culpably negligent conduct of others have a right to redress.

AB 3121 Position Letter (pdf)
AB 3121 Position Letter (rtf)


AB 3070 - Juries: peremptory challenges
DRC Support - Request for Signature

This bill would prohibit a party from using a peremptory challenge to remove a prospective juror on the basis of the prospective juror’s race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, or religious affiliation, or the perceived membership of the prospective juror to any of those groups.

AB 3070 Position Letter (pdf)
AB 3070 Position Letter (rtf)


ACA 5 - Government preferences
DRC Support

ACA 5 will create equal opportunities for all Californians and fight discrimination against women and people of color by restoring affirmative action in public contracting, public employment and public education.

ACA 5 Position Letter (pdf)
ACA 5 Position Letter (rtf)


AB 2236 - Peace officer training: hate crimes
DRC Support

AB 2236 would require that all peace officers view an educational video on hate crimes no later than January 1, 2022.

AB 2236 Position Letter (pdf)
AB 2236 Position Letter (rtf)


SB 920 - Persons with disabilities: terminology
DRC Support

This bill would change the term “dependent person” to “person with a disability” or “adult with disability.  It also declares that as codes are amended in the future, that they are updated to reflect these changes.

SB 920 Position Letter (pdf)
SB 920 Position Letter (rtf)