2017 Legislation

SB 180 – Drug Sentence Enhancements
This reform measure puts greater emphasis on prevention, rehabilitation and maintaining family cohesion by reducing sentence enhancements for certain low level, nonviolent drug offenses. SB 180 had five cosponsors and was supported by nearly 200 business, community, legal and public-service groups.

SB 190 – Ending Juvenile Fees
This law will ease financially burdensome administrative fees for youth involved in the juvenile justice system and their struggling families.  SB 190 had six cosponsors and nearly 70 supporters.

SB 355 - No Court Fees for the Innocent
This provides that only those who are convicted of a crime are required to reimburse the courts for legal counsel fees. SB 355 was sponsored by the Conference of California Bar Associations and six justice-rights groups.

SB 393 – Sealing of Arrest Records
Seals arrest records and remove barriers to employment for those arrested but not convicted of a crime. Sponsored by San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón.

SB 394 – Juveniles Life Without the Possibility of Parole
Brings California into compliance with the Montgomery v. Louisiana decision that juveniles cannot be sentenced to Life Without Parole. Co-sponsored by the Anti-Recidivism Coalition, #cut50, Human Rights Watch, National Center for Youth Law, Pacific Juvenile Defender Center and Youth Justice Coalition.

SB 395 – Miranda Rights for Youth
Requires those age 15 or younger to consult with legal counsel before they waive their constitutional rights in interrogations with police. Co-sponsored by Human Rights Watch, the Anti-Recidivism Coalition, Silicon Valley De-Bug, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, and the National Center for Youth Law.

SR 30 - California Women and Girls in STEM Week
This resolution declares April 2, 2017, to April 8, 2017, inclusive, as Women and Girls in STEM Week.

SR 31 - Sexual Assault Awareness Month: Denim Day
This resolution designates the month of April 2017 as Sexual Assault Awareness Month and recognizes April 26, 2017, as Denim Day California.

SR 54 – African American Women’s Equal Pay Day
This resolution designates July 31, 2017, as African American Women’s Equal Pay Day.

SR 65 – Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE)
This resolution recognizes September 2017 as PACE month.