Past Updates for California

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  • 2/23/2017: A bill creating a single-payer healthcare system was introduced in the state Senate. [1]
  • 2/23/2017: Superintendant Michelle King of the Los Angeles School District stated that protections for transgender a students will be enforced despite the Trump administration's order to rescind the Obama-era policy prohibiting discrimination against transgender students.[2]
  • 2/17/2017: State Assembly member Evan Low (D-Cupertino) introduced Assembly Bill 674[3], which aims to boost voter turnout by making November elections in even years a holiday for schools and state workers.[4]
  • 2/9/2017: Various civil rights groups have reported that ICE raided 100 people today in Los Angeles. Other sources reported that there were sweeps taking place around Los Angeles. Protesters gathered at the Alameda Detention Center in downtown Los Angeles to protest the sweeps.[5]
  • 2/8/2017: A program that automatically enrolled millions of private-sector workers without retirement plans in a state-run savings account is being threatened by Republicans in Congress.[6]
  • 2/1/2017 Santa Clara County plans to sue President Trump over his immigration order.[7]
  • 1/31/2017 California state legislators on Tuesday advanced a bill that would make the entire state a sanctuary for undocumented immigrants, in defiance of President Trump’s stated plans to deport millions of people.[8]
  • 1/12/2017: California lawmakers introduced bills that would provide free legal help to undocumented immigrants during deportation proceedings and offer more assistance to them in criminal court.[9]
  • 1/11/2017: The 3rd District Court of Appeal in California tossed out a state law[10] that banned the use of grand juries in cases of police shootings, meaning that grand juries will once again be involved in determining whether police officers should face criminal charges for shooting civilians.[11] Now, it's up to the CA legislature to either pass legislation requiring independent investigations and prosecutions of police shootings, as has been done in Connecticut, or to pass a constitutional amendment banning the use of grand juries in these cases. Since prosecutors tend to be able to convince grand juries to charge someone if they want that person charged, it might be more effective to ensure that an independent prosecutor oversees these cases rather than ban the use of grand juries altogether.
  • 1/1/2017 The state passed a law effective January 1st prohibiting state-funded travel to states that are not LGBTQ+-friendly (Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee).[12]