Public Safety


State bills related to Public Safety issues


AB 259 - Vehicle registration: Voluntary Deaf or Hard of Hearing Notification Program
DRC Support

This bill would establish the Voluntary Deaf or Hard of Hearing Notification Program. The program would voluntarily allow a person to, at the time of registration of a vehicle, indicate the driver may be deaf or hard of hearing and further allow a peace officer to access this information.

AB 259 Position Letter (pdf)
AB 259 Position Letter (rtf)


SB 164 - Infractions: community service
DRC Support

This bill would—when a person has been convicted of an infraction but has shown that payment of the total fine would pose a hardship, and the person has elected to perform community service in lieu of paying the total fine—permit the person to elect to perform that community service in either the county in which the infraction violation occurred, or in the county of the person’s residence.

SB 164 Position Letter (pdf)
SB 164 Position Letter (rtf)


AB 392 - Peace officers: deadly force
DRC Support 

Research shows that individuals with disabilities are at a severely increased risk of dying at the hands of police; it is estimated that individuals with disabilities comprise one-third to one-half of all fatal encounters with law enforcement. In 2017, officers killed 172 people in California, only half of whom had guns.

AB 392 Position Letter (pdf)
AB 392 Position Letter (rtf)


AB 1321 - Juvenile facilities: use of chemical spray
DRC Support

AB 1321 takes an important step and would require the custodian of each juvenile facility to report quarterly to the Board of State and Community Corrections (Board) on the use of chemical agents in the facility.

AB 1321 Position Letter (pdf)
AB 1321 Position Letter (rtf)


SB 160 - Emergency services: cultural competence
DRC Support - Request for Signature

SB 160 requires counties to integrate cultural competence in their emergency plans when those plans are updated. Sadly, emergencies such as wildfires are becoming more a part of life but emergency response is hindered if responders cannot effectively communicate and interact with the people they are trying to help.

SB 160 Position Letter (pdf)
SB 160 Position Letter (rtf)


AB 911 - Office of Emergency Services: emergency information system
DRC Support

Existing law establishes in state government, within the office of the Governor, the Office of Emergency Services. Existing law requires the office to be responsible for the state's emergency and disaster response services for natural, technological, or manmade disasters and emergencies, including responsibility for activities necessary to prevent, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of emergencies and disasters to people and property.

AB 911 Position Letter (pdf)
AB 911 Position Letter (rtf)


AB 1112 - Motorized scooters: local regulation
DRC Concern

DRC applauds the author for bringing this bill that would authorize local authorities to regulate motorized scooter operators, collect fees for the costs of the regulation, collect trip data, and require operators to maintain liability insurance coverage. However, we have concerns with a number of provisions that do not adequately ensure that either local jurisdictions or scooter share operators, or both, are protecting the use of public sidewalks and other rights of way for persons with disabilities.

AB 1112 Position Letter (pdf)
AB 1112 Position Letter (rtf)


AB 1286 - Shared mobility devices: agreements
DRC Support

This bill would require a shared mobility service provider, which includes providers of electronically motorized board, motorized scooter, electric bicycle, bicycle, motorized skateboard, or other personal transportation device, to enter into an agreement with, or obtain a permit from, the city or county with jurisdiction over the area of use.

AB 1286 Position Letter (pdf)
AB 1286 Position Letter (rtf)


SB 336 - Transportation: fully-automated transit vehicles
DRC Support

This bill would require a transit operator to ensure each of its fully automated transit vehicles, while the vehicle is in service, is staffed by at least one of its employees, who has training in emergency response and preparedness, passenger safety and communication and assisting disabled and elderly riders.

SB 336 Position Letter (pdf)
SB 336 Position Letter (rtf)


AB 242 - Courts: attorneys: implicit bias: training
AB 243 - Implicit bias training: peace officers
DRC Support

These bills require implicit bias training to be completed by individuals in the health field, employees of the courts, and peace officers every two years.

AB 141, AB 242, AB 243 Position Letter (pdf)
AB 141, AB 242, AB 243 Position Letter (rtf)


AB 241 - Implicit bias: continuing education: requirements
DRC Support - Request for Signature

This bill would require, by January 1, 2022, the continuing education curriculum for physicians, surgeons, nurses and physician assistants to include specified instructions on understanding of implicit bias in medical treatment.

AB 241 Position Letter (pdf)
AB 241 Position Letter (rtf)


AB 242 - Courts: attorneys: implicit bias: training
DRC Support - Request for Signature

This bill would authorize the Judicial Council to develop training on implicit bias for all court staff who interact with the public.

AB 242 Position Letter (pdf)
AB 242 Position Letter (rtf)


AB 301 - Hate crime data collection and outreach
DRC Support

Hate crimes are on the rise. Although they represent a small percentage of crimes overall, we fail to adequately identify, report on, and respond to hate crimes. AB 301 addresses this problem by establishing a robust set of data, outreach and reporting materials to more effectively identify and reduce the incidence of hate crimes.

AB 301 Position Letter (pdf)
AB 301 Position Letter (rtf)


AB 477 - Emergency preparedness: vulnerable populations
DRC Support - Requests Your Signature

This bill would require that, upon the next update to its emergency plan, regarding the integration of access and functional needs into the plan, the local government entity include representatives from the access and functional need population, “including, but not limited to, social service agencies, nonprofit organizations, and transportation providers.”

AB 477 Position Letter (pdf)
AB 477 Position Letter (rtf)


AB 1422 - Hate crimes: homeless status
DRC Support

Existing law makes specified criminal acts punishable as a hate crime if it is committed in whole or in part because of one or more actual or perceived designated characteristics of the victim, including disability, gender, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation. This bill would add “homeless status,” as defined, to the list of hate crime categories.

AB 1422 Position Letter (pdf)
AB 1422 Position Letter (rtf)


AB 1764 - Forced or Involuntary Sterilization Compensation Program
DRC Support

This bill would establish the Forced Sterilization Compensation Program, for the purpose of providing victim compensation to any survivor of state sponsored sterilization conducted pursuant to eugenics laws that existed in the State of California between 1909 and 1979.

AB 1764 Position Letter (pdf)
AB 1764 Position Letter (rtf)


SB 303 - Guardians and conservators
DRC Support - Request for Signature

This bill would prohibit the guardian or conservator from being compensated from the estate of the ward or conservatee with funds comprised of public benefits, including Social Security, Medicare, or Medi-Cal.

SB 303 Position Letter (pdf)
SB 303 Position Letter (rtf)


AB 1421 - Supervised release: revocation
DRC Support

Persons with disabilities are disproportionately impacted by the criminal justice system.  This includes the impact of assessed fees, fines and other assessments.

AB 1421 Position Letter (pdf)
AB 1421 Position Letter (rtf)


SB 36 - Pretrial release: risk assessment tools
DRC Removes Support

SB 36 would make the critical requirement that each county that uses a risk assessment tool for a pretrial release system maintain data for each individual that undergoes an assessment using the risk assessment tool.

SB 36 Position Letter (pdf)
SB 36 Position Letter (rtf)


AB 189 - Child abuse or neglect: mandated reporters: autism service personnel
DRC Support

This bill would add qualified autism service providers, qualified autism service professionals, and qualified autism service paraprofessionals, as defined, to the list of individuals who are mandated reporters.

AB 189 Position Letter (pdf)
AB 189 Position Letter (rtf)


AB 901 - Juveniles
DRC Support

This bill would make several important changes to existing law by ensuring that youth receive appropriate interventions and are not criminalized for truancy or problem behaviors.

AB 901 Position Letter (pdf)
AB 901 Position Letter (rtf)


AB 32 - Detention facilities: private, for-profit administration services
DRC Support - Request for Signature

AB 32 was recently amended to prohibit a for-profit privately owned and operated detention facility that is operated pursuant to a contract or agreement with a governmental entity.

AB 32 Position Letter (pdf)
AB 32 Position Letter (rtf)