2021 California Criminal Justice Key Votes

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Date State Bill No. Title Outcome
Sept. 10, 2021 CA SB 715 Extends Restrictions on Gun Control Loopholes by Requiring Verification on Hunting Licenses Conference Report Adopted - House (54 - 22)
Sept. 10, 2021 CA SB 586 Authorizes California's Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training to Strip an Officer's Certification Conference Report Adopted - House (52 - 20)
Sept. 10, 2021 CA SB 586 Authorizes California's Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training to Strip an Officer's Certification Conference Report Adopted - Senate (28 - 9)
Sept. 10, 2021 CA SB 715 Extends Restrictions on Gun Control Loopholes by Requiring Verification on Hunting Licenses Conference Report Adopted - Senate (26 - 9)
Sept. 10, 2021 CA SB 98 Establishes Journalists Can Cover Events in Areas that Have Been Closed by Law Enforcement Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (29 - 5)
Sept. 10, 2021 CA SB 98 Establishes Journalists Can Cover Events in Areas that Have Been Closed by Law Enforcement Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (29 - 5)
Sept. 10, 2021 CA SB 510 Requires Health Insurers to Cover the Cost of COVID-19 Testing Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (27 - 8)
Sept. 10, 2021 CA SB 98 Establishes Journalists Can Cover Events in Areas that Have Been Closed by Law Enforcement Bill Passed - House (50 - 18)
Sept. 10, 2021 CA SB 98 Establishes Journalists Can Cover Events in Areas that Have Been Closed by Law Enforcement Bill Passed - House (50 - 18)
Sept. 9, 2021 CA AB 481 Requires Law Enforcement Agencies Receive Approval Before Acquiring Military-Grade Equipment Concurrence Vote Passed - House (48 - 25)
Sept. 9, 2021 CA AB 105 Requires State Boards and Committees to be More Diverse Concurrence Vote Passed - House (58 - 12)
Sept. 9, 2021 CA AB 173 Requires the California DOJ to Supply Information to the California Firearm Violence Research Center Concurrence Vote Passed - House (59 - 18)
Sept. 9, 2021 CA AB 490 Prohibits Law Enforcements Agencies from Authorizing Certain Restraint Techniques Concurrence Vote Passed - House (55 - 18)
Sept. 9, 2021 CA SB 510 Requires Health Insurers to Cover the Cost of COVID-19 Testing Bill Passed - House (55 - 17)
Sept. 9, 2021 CA AB 173 Requires the California DOJ to Supply Information to the California Firearm Violence Research Center Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 9)
Sept. 9, 2021 CA AB 481 Requires Law Enforcement Agencies Receive Approval Before Acquiring Military-Grade Equipment Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 11)
Sept. 8, 2021 CA AB 48 Prohibits Police from Using Tear Gas on Protestors Concurrence Vote Passed - House (49 - 19)
Sept. 8, 2021 CA AB 1356 Prohibits Patients and Providers at Reproductive Healthcare Facilities from Being Recorded Concurrence Vote Passed - House (60 - 18)
Sept. 8, 2021 CA AB 490 Prohibits Law Enforcements Agencies from Authorizing Certain Restraint Techniques Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 8)
Sept. 8, 2021 CA AB 105 Requires State Boards and Committees to be More Diverse Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 8)
Sept. 3, 2021 CA SB 2 Prohibits the Transfer of Police Officers to Other Departments Following Misconduct Convictions Bill Passed - House (49 - 21)
Sept. 2, 2021 CA SB 16 Expands the Public's Access to Police Records Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (29 - 9)
Sept. 2, 2021 CA AB 48 Prohibits Police from Using Tear Gas on Protestors Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 10)
Sept. 1, 2021 CA SB 16 Expands the Public's Access to Police Records Bill Passed - House (57 - 13)
Sept. 1, 2021 CA AB 1356 Prohibits Patients and Providers at Reproductive Healthcare Facilities from Being Recorded Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 10)
June 2, 2021 CA SB 742 Prohibits Interfering with People in Connection with Any Vaccination Services Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 4)
June 1, 2021 CA SB 519 Authorizes the Decriminalization of Psychedelic Drugs for Veterans Suffering from PTSD Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 16)
June 1, 2021 CA SB 519 Authorizes the Decriminalization of Psychedelic Drugs for Veterans Suffering from PTSD Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 16)
May 26, 2021 CA SB 2 Prohibits the Transfer of Police Officers to Other Departments Following Misconduct Convictions Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 9)
May 13, 2021 CA AB 1184 Establishes Privacy Rights for Gender-Affirming Care Bill Passed - House (59 - 13)
April 22, 2021 CA AB 122 Authorizes Bicyclists to Treat Stop Signs as Yield Signs Bill Passed - House (53 - 11)
April 22, 2021 CA SB 57 Establishes Safe Injection Sites Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 11)
Feb. 16, 2021 CA SB 29 Authorizes the Continuation of Mail-In Ballots Bill Passed - House (55 - 15)
Jan. 28, 2021 CA SB 91 Extends the Eviction Moratorium and Provides Rental Assistance Due to COVID-19 Bill Passed - House (71 - 1)
Jan. 28, 2021 CA SB 29 Authorizes the Continuation of Mail-In Ballots Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 7)
Jan. 21, 2021 CA SB 93 Transfers Emergency COVID-19 Relief Funds for Childcare Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 2)
Jan. 21, 2021 CA SB 87 Expands COVID-19 Small Business Assistance Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 2)
Jan. 21, 2021 CA SB 86 Appropriates $6.5 Billion for In Person Learning Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 1)
Jan. 15, 2021 CA AB 86 Appropriates Funding to Reopen Schools During the COVID-19 Pandemic Bill Passed - House (48 - 13)
Jan. 15, 2021 CA AB 81 Extends Unemployment Benefits During the COVID-19 Pandemic Bill Passed - House (48 - 13)
Date No. Title Outcome
9/10 SB 715 Extends Restrictions on Gun Control Loopholes by Requiring Verification on Hunting Licenses Conference Report Adopted - House (54 - 22)
9/10 SB 586 Authorizes California's Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training to Strip an Officer's Certification Conference Report Adopted - House (52 - 20)
9/10 SB 586 Authorizes California's Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training to Strip an Officer's Certification Conference Report Adopted - Senate (28 - 9)
9/10 SB 715 Extends Restrictions on Gun Control Loopholes by Requiring Verification on Hunting Licenses Conference Report Adopted - Senate (26 - 9)
9/10 SB 98 Establishes Journalists Can Cover Events in Areas that Have Been Closed by Law Enforcement Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (29 - 5)
9/10 SB 98 Establishes Journalists Can Cover Events in Areas that Have Been Closed by Law Enforcement Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (29 - 5)
9/10 SB 510 Requires Health Insurers to Cover the Cost of COVID-19 Testing Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (27 - 8)
9/10 SB 98 Establishes Journalists Can Cover Events in Areas that Have Been Closed by Law Enforcement Bill Passed - House (50 - 18)
9/10 SB 98 Establishes Journalists Can Cover Events in Areas that Have Been Closed by Law Enforcement Bill Passed - House (50 - 18)
9/09 AB 481 Requires Law Enforcement Agencies Receive Approval Before Acquiring Military-Grade Equipment Concurrence Vote Passed - House (48 - 25)
9/09 AB 105 Requires State Boards and Committees to be More Diverse Concurrence Vote Passed - House (58 - 12)
9/09 AB 173 Requires the California DOJ to Supply Information to the California Firearm Violence Research Center Concurrence Vote Passed - House (59 - 18)
9/09 AB 490 Prohibits Law Enforcements Agencies from Authorizing Certain Restraint Techniques Concurrence Vote Passed - House (55 - 18)
9/09 SB 510 Requires Health Insurers to Cover the Cost of COVID-19 Testing Bill Passed - House (55 - 17)
9/09 AB 173 Requires the California DOJ to Supply Information to the California Firearm Violence Research Center Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 9)
9/09 AB 481 Requires Law Enforcement Agencies Receive Approval Before Acquiring Military-Grade Equipment Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 11)
9/08 AB 48 Prohibits Police from Using Tear Gas on Protestors Concurrence Vote Passed - House (49 - 19)
9/08 AB 1356 Prohibits Patients and Providers at Reproductive Healthcare Facilities from Being Recorded Concurrence Vote Passed - House (60 - 18)
9/08 AB 490 Prohibits Law Enforcements Agencies from Authorizing Certain Restraint Techniques Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 8)
9/08 AB 105 Requires State Boards and Committees to be More Diverse Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 8)
9/03 SB 2 Prohibits the Transfer of Police Officers to Other Departments Following Misconduct Convictions Bill Passed - House (49 - 21)
9/02 SB 16 Expands the Public's Access to Police Records Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (29 - 9)
9/02 AB 48 Prohibits Police from Using Tear Gas on Protestors Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 10)
9/01 SB 16 Expands the Public's Access to Police Records Bill Passed - House (57 - 13)
9/01 AB 1356 Prohibits Patients and Providers at Reproductive Healthcare Facilities from Being Recorded Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 10)
6/02 SB 742 Prohibits Interfering with People in Connection with Any Vaccination Services Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 4)
6/01 SB 519 Authorizes the Decriminalization of Psychedelic Drugs for Veterans Suffering from PTSD Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 16)
6/01 SB 519 Authorizes the Decriminalization of Psychedelic Drugs for Veterans Suffering from PTSD Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 16)
5/26 SB 2 Prohibits the Transfer of Police Officers to Other Departments Following Misconduct Convictions Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 9)
5/13 AB 1184 Establishes Privacy Rights for Gender-Affirming Care Bill Passed - House (59 - 13)
4/22 AB 122 Authorizes Bicyclists to Treat Stop Signs as Yield Signs Bill Passed - House (53 - 11)
4/22 SB 57 Establishes Safe Injection Sites Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 11)
2/16 SB 29 Authorizes the Continuation of Mail-In Ballots Bill Passed - House (55 - 15)
1/28 SB 91 Extends the Eviction Moratorium and Provides Rental Assistance Due to COVID-19 Bill Passed - House (71 - 1)
1/28 SB 29 Authorizes the Continuation of Mail-In Ballots Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 7)
1/21 SB 93 Transfers Emergency COVID-19 Relief Funds for Childcare Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 2)
1/21 SB 87 Expands COVID-19 Small Business Assistance Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 2)
1/21 SB 86 Appropriates $6.5 Billion for In Person Learning Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 1)
1/15 AB 86 Appropriates Funding to Reopen Schools During the COVID-19 Pandemic Bill Passed - House (48 - 13)
1/15 AB 81 Extends Unemployment Benefits During the COVID-19 Pandemic Bill Passed - House (48 - 13)

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