Status of Current Legislation

Legislative Update

The following is a list of bills POST is monitoring during the 2024 Legislative Session.  These bills could have an impact on POST operations or be of significant interest to law enforcement partners. It is not a complete list. (Updated 2/27/2024)

AB 667

Assembly Member Maienschein

Firearms: gun violence restraining orders.  

Current law authorizes a court to issue a gun violence restraining order to prohibit a person from purchasing or possessing a firearm or ammunition for a period of one to 5 years, subject to renewal for additional one- to 5-year periods, if the subject of the petition poses a significant danger of self-harm or harm to another in the near future by having a firearm and the order is necessary to prevent personal injury to the subject of the petition or another. Current law makes it a crime to own or possess a firearm in violation of a gun violence restraining order. If the court finds evidence of an extreme risk of violence, including repeated and egregious instances of specified facts, and those facts existed 12 months prior to a petition being filed, this bill would require a court to issue a gun violence restraining order for 5 years. By expanding the scope of an existing crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

Status: 1/25/2024-Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Senate. (Ayes 61. Noes 1.) In Senate. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment.

AB 1839

Assembly Member Alanis

Peace officers: education and hiring grants

Would, subject to an appropriation, establish the Law Enforcement Officer Grant Program under the administration of the Student Aid Commission to provide grants of up to $6,000 per year to individuals enrolled in a modern policing degree program at a California community college who commit to work for 4 years as a peace officer at a law enforcement agency, as specified. The bill would require grant recipients to agree to repay the grant to the state if certain conditions for the grant are not met, except as specified.

Status: 1/29/2024-Referred to Coms. on HIGHER ED. and PUB. S.

AB 2042

Assembly Member Ramos

Police canines: standards and training

Would require the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, on or before January 1, 2026, to develop standards and training guidelines, as specified, for the use of canines by law enforcement. The bill would require each law enforcement agency in California, on or before January 1, 2027, to adopt a policy for the use of canines that, at a minimum, complies with the standards developed by the commission, and to require regular and periodic training for all canines and canine handlers that covers, at a minimum, the training guidelines developed by the commission. Because the bill would impose additional requirements on local law enforcement agencies, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

Introduced: 2/1/2024

AB 2138

Assembly Member Ramos

Peace officers: tribal police

Current law grants specified limited arrest authority to certain persons, including federal criminal investigators and park rangers and peace officers from adjoining jurisdictions. Current federal law authorizes tribal governments to employ tribal police for the enforcement of tribal law on tribal lands. Existing federal law requires the State of California to exercise criminal jurisdiction on Indian lands. Current state law deems a tribal police officer who has been deputized or appointed by a county sheriff as a reserve or auxiliary deputy to be a peace officer in the State of California. This bill would deem certain tribal police officers to be peace officers on Indian lands and elsewhere in the state under specified circumstances. The bill would set certain minimum qualifications and training requirements for a tribal officer to act pursuant to this authority and would place certain requirements on the employing tribe, including certain financial responsibility requirements, a limited waiver of sovereign immunity, and the adoption of a tribal law or resolution authorizing that exercise of authority and providing for public access to certain records.

Introduced: 2/6/2024

AB 2382

Assembly Member Rubio

 

Human Trafficking

Would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation relating to training conducted by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training on the subject of human trafficking.

Status: 2/13/2024-From printer. May be heard in committee March 14.

AB 2541

Assembly Member Bains

Peace officer training: wandering.

Would require the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST), in consultation with specified subject matter experts and on or before January 1, 2026, to develop guidelines addressing wandering associated with Alzheimer’s disease, autism, and dementia, as specified.

Status: 2/14/2024-From printer. May be heard in committee March 15.

AB 2923

Assembly Member Jones-Sawyer

Peace officers: public complaints.

Current law requires each department or agency that employs peace officer to establish a procedure to investigate complaints by members of the public against the personnel of the department or agency. This bill would require a form used during the complaint process to include a provision inquiring whether the complaint includes an allegation of racial or identify profiling and a space to describe the allegation. The bill would define “complaint” for these purposes to mean a report, given either in writing or verbally, that brings to the attention of a department or agency an incident during which the complainant perceives that a department or agency employee engaged in misconduct, as specified.

Status: 2/16/2024-From printer. May be heard in committee March 17.

AB 3021

Assembly Member Kalra

Criminal procedure: interrogations

Current law prohibits the prosecuting attorney, attorney for the defendant, or investigator for either the prosecution or the defendant from interviewing, questioning, or speaking to a victim or witness whose name has been disclosed by the defendant pursuant to current law without first clearly identifying themself and identifying the full name of the agency by whom they are employed, and identifying whether they represent, or have been retained by, the prosecution or the defendant. Under current law, if an interview takes place in person, the party is also required to show the victim or witness a business card, official badge, or other form of official identification before commencing the interview or questioning. This bill would require a peace officer, as defined, a prosecuting attorney, or an investigator for the prosecution, prior to interviewing a family member of a person who has been killed or seriously injured by a peace officer, to clearly identify themself, if the interview takes place in person, to show identification, and to state specified information, including that the family member has the right to ask about the status of their family member prior to answering questions, has the right to remain silent, and before speaking with the interviewer, can consult with a trusted person and can have that person with them while they speak to the interviewer.

Status: 2/17/2024-From printer. May be heard in committee March 18.

AB 3038

Assembly Member Essayli

School safety: armed school resource officers. 

Would require a school district or charter school to hire or contract with at least one armed school resource officer, as defined, authorized to carry a loaded firearm to be present at each school of the school district or charter school during regular school hours and any other time when pupils are present on campus. By imposing an additional requirement on school districts and charter schools, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

Status: 2/17/2024-From printer. May be heard in committee March 18.

SB 1020

Senator Bradford

Law enforcement agency regulations: shooting range targets

Current law requires law enforcement agencies to maintain specified policies, including policies regulating the use of force and the use of certain defensive weapons. Current law requires each peace officer to complete all pre-service and in-service training mandated by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training. This bill would require each law enforcement agency and police academy to prohibit the use, as specified, of ethnic shooting targets, as defined.

Introduced: 2/6/2024