Alliance for Boys and Men of Color Policy Wins

The Alliance aims to secure and implement policies that achieve our policy objectives through statewide legislation, administrative procedures, and the budgetary process to improve the lives of California's boys and young men of color.

From 2012 to 2017, the following 96 bills prioritized by the Alliance were signed into law.  The Alliance sends enormous gratitude to all supporters who worked on these bills to move them to legislation. 

2017

1) AB 667 (Reyes) Mandates that the alternatives to suspension employed are communicated to a student during informal conference upon suspension. Co-Sponsors: Alliance for Boys and Men of Color, Children Now

2) AB 699 (O'Donnell) Protects the information of undocumented students and establishes model policy for responding to ICE information and/or interview requests of K-12 students. Co-Sponsors: California Teachers Association, College for All Coalition, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights

3) AB 1360 (Bonta) Clarifies law for charter schools on non-discriminatory admissions policies, and due process rights of students suspended or expelled. Co-Sponsors: CTA, CFT, Alliance for Boys and Men of Color, Public Counsel, ACLU, Public Advocates

4) AB 1176 (Mullin) Lifts the one-hour restriction per school day on high school equivalency preparation for persons confined in certain hospitals or correctional institutions.

5) AB 90 (Weber) CalGang Database Moratorium and Due Process Protections. Co-Sponsors: Youth Justice Coalition, CHIRLA, National Immigration Law Center, Urban Peace Institute, PolicyLink and a shout to ACLU for your incredible support.

6) SB 190 (Mitchell) Ends Juvenile Administrative Fees. Co-Sponsors: Western Center on Law and Poverty, Youth Justice Coalition, Public Counsel, Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, PolicyLink, W. Haywood Burns Institute, Ryse Center, Anti-Recidivism Coalition, Insight Center for Community Economic Development, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights of San Francisco, East Bay Community Law Center

7) SB 395 (Lara) Custodial Interrogations: Juveniles. Co-Sponsors: Human Rights Watch, Silicon Valley De-Bug, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, National Center for Youth Law

8) AB 1008 (McCarty) Ban the Box. Co-sponsors: All of Us or None, National Employment Law Project, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, and Time for Change Foundation

9) AB 450 (Chiu) Protections for Undocumented Workers Against ICE Worksite Raids. Co- Sponsors: California Labor Federation and SEIU California

10) Advanced several provisions of AB 1114 (E. Garcia) the Reentry Workforce Training Program bill through Budget Act: Strengthened integration of community based organizations into program, expanded eligibility to folks on parole, and secured $1.5 million in investment. Partners working on this effort: Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice (co-sponsor), Fathers and Families of San Joaquin, Center for Employment Opportunities (co-sponsor), and PolicyLink (co-sponsor)

11) AB 1111 (E. Garcia) Breaking Barriers to Employment Initiative. Co-Sponsors: La Cooperativa Campesina, PolicyLink, and CA Workforce Association.

12) AB 236 (Maienschein) CalWORKs: Housing assistance. Co-Sponsors: Western Center on Law and Poverty, Coalition of California Welfare Rights Organizations, Inc., County Welfare Directors Association of California (CWDA)

13) AB 507 (Rubio) Requires a portion of the annual resource family training to support the case plans, goals, and needs of children in the resource family home. Co-Sponsors: California Youth Connection, Youth Law Center

14) AB 1384 (Weber) Victims of Violent Crimes: Recognizes the Trauma Recovery Center at San Francisco General Hospital, University of California, San Francisco, as the State Pilot Trauma Recovery Center (State Pilot TRC). Sponsor: Californians for Safety and Justice

2016

1) SB 443 (Mitchell) Asset forfeiture: Requires a criminal conviction prior to seizing property.

2) SB 1143 (Leno) Juveniles: solitary confinement. Strictly limits use of solitary confinement for juveniles in state and local facilities.

3) AB 2792 (Bonta) TRUTH Act, requires community engagement prior to local law enforcement participation with ICE deportation programs.

4) AB 2298 (Weber) Shared gang databases. Provides a right to written notice of alleged gang membership, a right to challenge said designation, and requires local law enforcement agencies to submit specified data to the Department of Justice.

5) SB 882 (Hertzberg) Ends the criminalization of youth for transit fare evasion.

6) SB 1322 (Mitchell) This bill would make crimes of soliciting or engaging in any act of prostitution inapplicable to a child under 18 years of age.

7) AB 2813 (Bloom) Requires a probation officer, upon delivery of a minor who has been taken into temporary custody and who is a dependent of the juvenile court, to immediately release the minor to the custody of the child welfare services department, or his or her current caregiver/foster parent.

8) SB 527 (Liu) & AB 1014 (Thurmond) Safe Neighborhood Grants – establishes the Learning Communities for School Success Program for the purpose of implementing the grant program and sets forth criteria to guide the department in making grant awards

9) AB 2765 (Weber) Authorizes a person to petition or apply for a reduction of sentence under Proposition 47 before November 4, 2022, or at a later date upon a showing of good cause.

2015

1) AB 71 (Rodriguez) Criminal justice: reporting. Requires each law enforcement agency to annually furnish to the Department of Justice a report of specified incidents when a peace officer is involved in the use of force

2) AB 256 (Jones-Sawyer) Falsifying evidence. Ensures that tampering of digital evidence by police officers qualifies as a felony.

3) AB 288 (Holden) Public schools: College and Career Access Pathways partnerships. Establishes the College and Career Access Pathways Act to better prepare high school students for college and career success.

4) AB 329 (Weber) Pupil instruction: sexual health education. Requires school districts to ensure that all pupils in grades 7 to 12 receive comprehensive sexual health education and HIV prevention education.

5) AB 666 (Stone) Juveniles: sealing of records. Facilitates the sealing of juvenile records across law enforcement agencies.

6) AB 703 (Bloom) Juveniles: attorney qualifications. Ensures appointed attorneys establish and sustain relationships with youth clients.

7) AB 854 (Weber) Educational services: pupils in foster care. Establishes the Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program to ensure that local educational agencies are providing services to foster youth pupils with the purpose of ensuring positive educational outcomes.

8) AB 953 (Weber) Law enforcement: racial profiling. Increases law enforcement transparency and accountability to communities by training police on racial/identity profiling and implicit bias.

9) AB 1056 (Atkins) Second Chance Program. Directs Prop 47 savings toward programs that address the root causes of recidivism among those formally incarcerated: the urgent need for housing, mental health services, and substance abuse disorder treatment.

10) AB 1093 (Garcia, Eduardo) Public safety: supervised population workforce training: grant program. Invests in workforce training grant programs for people returning from prison.

11) AB 1352 (Eggman) Expungement for minor drug offenses. Allows people to expunge minor drug offenses from their records.

12) AB 1375 (Thurmond) Criminal penalties: nonpayment of fines. Limits imprisonment time for nonpayment of fines.

13) SB 4 (Lara) Health care coverage: immigration status. Ensures that all Californians, regardless of immigration status, have access to affordable health coverage and care.

14) SB 227 (Mitchell) Grand juries: powers and duties. Eliminates use of grand juries in cases where a police officer may have used excessive force against civilians.

15) SB 261 (Hancock) Youth offender parole hearings. Improves the parole hearing process for youth.

16) SB 382 (Lara) Juveniles: jurisdiction: sentencing. Clarifies criteria for prosecuting minors as adults.

17) SB 359 (Mitchell) CA Mathematics Placement Act of 2015. Requires governing boards or bodies of local educational agencies that serve pupils entering grade 9 to develop and adopt fair, objective, and transparent mathematics placement policy.

18) SB 411 (Lara) Crimes. Protects Californians' right to film police officers

19) SB 501 (Wieckowski) Wage garnishment restrictions. Makes California's wage garnishment policy fairer.

20) SB 504 (Lara) Court records: sealing. Prevents courts from forcing youth to pay the costs of sealing their records.

2014

1) AB 1276 (Bloom) Youth Offenders Security Placement: Improves juvenile justice system by classifying youth in prison as eligible for less dangerous yards with more access to programs and services.

2) AB 1629 (Bonta) Victims Compensation Fund: Supports physical and emotional recovery for Californians injured by gun or other violence by extending peer counseling services and reimbursement through the Victims Compensation Fund.

3) AB 1964 (Dickenson) Single Shot Exemption: Makes provisions defining and governing unsafe handguns inapplicable to a single-shot pistol with a break-top or bolt action. The bill would make this exemption inapplicable to a semi-automatic pistol that has been temporarily or permanently altered so that it will not fire in a semi-automatic mode.

4) AB 2060 (V. Manuel Perez) Post-release Workforce Training: Increases public safety and economic opportunity by allocating Recidivism Reduction Fund resources towards workforce training for the reentry population.

5) AB 2102 (Ting) Health Workforce: Captures more complete and consistent data on California's health-care workforce by requiring various boards, such as the Board of Nursing, to report demographic information.

6) AB 2382 (Bradford) CalWorks/Truancy: Eliminates the truancy double penalty unfairly applied only to California’s poorest families when a child fails to participate in school regularly.

7) AB 2396 (Bonta) Convictions; Expungement; Licenses: Allows eligible people with a court-ordered dismissal of a prior conviction to obtain professional licenses.

8) AB 2276 (Bocanegra) Education Transition from Detention: Ensures that juvenile justiceinvolved youth have a successful educational transition when they return to their local schools.

9) AB 2634 (Bradford) Civil Rights: Authorizes injunctive relief against nonparties to prohibit an underlying violation of civil rights, if the violation is committed under color of law and is established to be the result of a pattern or practice of activity.

10) ACR 155 (Bocanegra) Childhood brain development; adverse experiences; toxic stress: Identifies evidence-based solutions to reduce children’s exposure to adverse childhood experiences and invests in preventive care and interventions.

11) SB 18 (Leno) Medi-Cal renewal: Requires the Department of Health Care Services to accept $6 million of foundation money to fund Medi-Cal renewal assistance activities – funds which would be matched with federal matching funds.

12) SB 1010 (Mitchell) California Fair Sentencing Act: Eliminates unjust sentencing differences between penalties for crack and powder cocaine possession

13) SB 1023 (Liu) Community Colleges: Foster Youth: Meets the unique needs of current and former foster youth by authorizing community college districts to apply for funding to establish a supplemental component of the existing Extended Opportunity Programs and Services

14) SB 1054 (Steinberg) Mentally Ill Offender Crime Reduction Grants: Reduces recidivism among people with mental illness by re-establishing grant program with evaluation criteria to assess effectiveness.

15) SB 1111 (Lara) Involuntary Transfers: Protects due process rights of students involuntarily transferred to county community or community day schools.

16) SB 1384 (Mitchell) Certified Nursing Assistants: Expands opportunities for qualified, rehabilitated individuals with a prior conviction to become a certified nurse assistant.

17) SB 1391 (Hancock) Community Colleges/CTE Courses/ Inmate Education: Provides educational opportunities and career technical education programs to inmates in an effort to increase job skills and employability upon release from prison.

2013

1) AB 1x 1 (J. Perez) Medi-Cal Expansion: Extends Medi-Cal eligibility to adults making up to 138% of the Federal Poverty Level ($15,856 per year for an individual) and would require that income eligibility be determined based on modified adjusted gross income (MAGI).

2) AB 4 (Ammiano) Federal Immigration Policy: Prohibits law enforcement officials from detaining an individual on the basis of a United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold after that individual becomes eligible for release from criminal custody, unless certain criteria is met.

3) AB 60 (Alejo) Immigrant Driver’s License: Allows an applicant of a driver's license who is not eligible for a social security account number, but who provides proof of identity, as specified, to receive a driver's license if they meet all other qualifications for licensure, changes operative January 1, 2015.

4) AB 218 (Dickenson) Fairness in Government Hiring: Prohibits a state or local agency from asking an applicant to disclose information regarding a criminal conviction, until after the applicant's qualifications for the position have been determined to meet the requirements for the position.

5) AB 420 (Dickenson) Willful Defiance: Makes willful defiance and suspendable offense only to 6-12 grade students on the third offense of the school year. Prohibits expulsion for a willful defiance offense. 2-Year Bill: Chaptered 2014

6) AB 570 (Jones-Sawyer) Continuation Schools: Requires the governing board of a school district to establish and adopt policies and procedures governing the identification, placement, and intake of these pupils based on the finding that voluntary placement in continuation school is in the best interest of the pupil. Continuation school will not be used as an alternate to expulsion.

7) AB 651 (Bradford) Expungement: Expedites the expungement of records for the realignment population.

8) AB 720 (Skinner) Reducing Obstacles to Reentry: Requires counties to designate an individual or agency to assist eligible inmates apply for health insurance affordability programs.

9) SB 1x 1 (Hernandez) Medi-Cal Expansion: Extends Medi-Cal eligibility to adults making up to 138% of the Federal Poverty Level ($15,856 per year for an individual) and would require that income eligibility be determined based on modified adjusted gross income (MAGI).

10) SB 1x 3 (Hernandez) Bridge Option: Requires that a bridge option to allow low-cost health coverage to be provided in the Health Benefit Exchange for individuals and families transitioning between Medi-Cal and the Exchange.

11) SB 105 (Steinberg) Prison Reform: Provides for statutory changes necessary to implement the Governor's plan for immediate population reductions in California State Correctional facilities and long-term solutions that are focused on preventing incarceration, while being cost effective and protecting public safety.

12) SB 260 (Hancock) Sentencing: Enables youth who were transferred to adult court and sentenced to more than 10 years to petition to have their sentence reviewed for possible re-sentencing.

13) SB 458 (Wright) Cal Gang Data Base: Requires law enforcement to notify parents before they place youth on a statewide gang database, allowing the parents to submit documentation contesting the designation.

14) AB 549 (Jones-Sawyer) Campus Safety: Encourages schools and districts in their campus safety plan to better define the roles of adults on campus- counselors, policy, administrator.

15) ACR 30 (V.M. Perez) Student Bill of Rights: Recognizes the importance of engaging youth to influence decisions that affect their quality of life and well-being, and establishes a student youth bill of rights to serve as a framework to guide and inform the youth of the state in organizing and advocating on policy issues.

16) HR 23 (Bradford) Criminalization of Youth: Resolves that the Assembly encourage the Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color to continue to advance its legislative agenda to improve the lives of young people of color, including its work to reduce the use of policies and practices that push boys out of school and to instead promote common sense discipline that keeps pupils in school and on track.

2012

1) AB 1445 (Mitchell) Inmate Welfare Fund: Extends indefinitely the existing inmate welfare fund that allows the sheriff of each county to maintain a fund comprised of 10% of all the sales of inmate hobby craft, and any rebates or commission received from a telephone company, as specified to assist indigent inmates, prior to release, with clothes and transportation expenses, as specified.

2) AB 1453 (Monning) Essential Health Benefits: Requires the Board of the California Health Benefits Exchange to submit recommendation to Legislature by March 2013 to set benchmark for items and services to be included in the definition of essential health benefits.

3) AB 1521 (Brownley) Standardized Testing and Reporting Program: Deletes the requirements of the standards-based achievement tests, and instead requires test to include California Standards Tests, modified assessments, alternate performance assessments, and primary language assessments, that assess identified subject areas in specified grades.

4) AB 1580 (Bonilla) Essential Health Benefits: Makes technical and clarifying changes to provisions relating to California Health Benefit Exchange Program, Health Care Reform Eligibility, Enrollment, and Retention Planning Act.

5) AB 1729 (Ammiano) Pupil Rights, Suspension or Expulsion: Authorizes the superintendent of the school district or principal to use alternatives suspension or expulsion designed to address and correct the root causes of the pupil’s specific misbehavior.

6) AB 1732 (Campos) Suspension or Expulsion: Includes impersonating another person as an act for which a pupil may be suspended or expelled from a school.

7) AB 1909 (Ammiano) Foster Children: Placement: Suspension and Expulsion Notification: Requires an agency that places a child in a licensed children’s institution to notify the educational liaison of the child's local educational agency.

8) AB 2537 (V.M. Perez) Suspensions and Expulsions: Authorizes, rather than requires, the principal or superintendent of schools to make a recommendation for suspension or expulsion and to notify the appropriate law enforcement agencies under specific circumstances.

9) AB 2616 (Carter) Truancy: Makes changes to provisions dealing with truancy. The bill would identify specific reasons that constitute a valid excuse for which a student may be absent from school and revises penalties resulting from issuing of truancy report.

10) AB 2662 (Brownley) Pupil Promotion and Retention: Requires that the person holding the right to make educational decisions for the pupil, an opportunity to consult with the teacher/teachers responsible for the promotion/retention of the pupil.

11) SB 9 (Yee) Youth Sentencing: Authorizes a prisoner under the age of 18 at the time of committing an offense for which the person was sentenced to life without parole to submit a petition for recall and resentencing to the sentencing court and the prosecuting agency.

12) SB 754 (Padilla) Pupils: English Language Learner: Requires local educational agencies to provide instructional services to limited-English-proficient pupils in conformity with specified provision of federal law.

13) SB 803 (DeSaulnier) California Youth Leadership Project: Establishes the California Youth Leadership project under the State Department of Education, creating the California Youth Leadership Project Committee, chaired by the Superintendent of Public Instruction and composed of specified appointed members.

14) SB 951 (Hernandez) Essential Health Benefits: States the intent of the Legislature to implement the essential health benefits as established under specified provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

15) SB 1088 (Price) Readmission to School: Prohibits a school from denying enrollment or re-admissions to a pupil solely on the basis that the student has had contact with the juvenile justice system.

16) SB 1103 (Wright) Career Technical Education: Requires school districts to provide additional information on career technical education, including post-secondary options.

17) SB 1108 (Padilla) English learners: Reclassification: Requires reclassification procedure to use only 3 of the 4 specified criteria and would no longer require the comparison of pupil’s basic skills performance against data of performance of English-proficient pupils of the same age.

18) SB 1402 (Lieu) California Community Colleges Economic and Workforce Development Program: Revises provision dealing with program and extends function of program until 2018.

19) SB 1456 (Lowenthal) Community College Seymour-Campbell Student Success Act: Revises and recast the Seymour-Campbell Matriculation Act for the purpose of increasing California Community College access and success by providing effective core matriculation services of orientation, assessment, and placement, counseling, education planning and academic interventions.

20) SB 1458 (Steinberg) School Accountability: Authorizes the Superintendent to develop a program of school quality review to complement the API and requires the SPI to determine the accuracy of graduation data.