September 30 was the last day for the Governor to sign into law any bills on his desk, and several of Anderson’s legislative priorities received the Governor’s signature.
Co-authored by Anderson:
SB 443 – Governor Brown signed this bill, authored by Senator Holly Mitchell and co-authored by Anderson, which will require a conviction before law enforcement can seize one’s property if that property is valued at less than $40,000.
Anderson statement: “Civil asset forfeiture is a major threat to our constitutional rights. I believe the state should have no right to steal a citizen’s property without giving them a chance to prove their innocence.”
Anderson’s op-ed in the San Diego Union-Tribune: http://tinyurl.com/SDUTop-ed
Anderson’s floor speech from 8/24: https://youtu.be/csOOPxHDPkk
Anderson’s letter to the Governor: http://tinyurl.com/SB443Letter
More information: http://ow.ly/JOa2304OuEn
AB 1494 – Governor Brown signed this bill, authored by Assemblyman Marc Levine and co-authored by Anderson, which allows California voters to voluntarily disclose the contents of their vote in any manner they see fit.
Anderson statement: “As we continue to try to find ways to raise voter participation levels, this small freedom will help bring a new generation of voters.”
SB 1012 – Governor Brown signed this bill, authored by Senator Janet Nguyen and co-authored by Anderson, that requires all U.S and State of California flags, purchased by state or local government, be made in the United States.
Anderson statement: “SB 1012 will help us all in preserving American manufacturing jobs and ensuring that taxpayer dollars are used to support our great state and nation.”
AB 1744 – This bill standardizes “rape kits” for all California law enforcement agencies. Authored by Assemblyman Jim Cooper and co-authored by Anderson. This bill requires the Department of Justice and California’s forensic agencies to develop a standardized “rape kit” by January 2018. This bill was introduced to limit the potential for error when collecting and documenting evidence.
Statement from Anderson: “I am glad this important measure was signed by the Governor because when we require agencies to work together to develop a standardized kit to be used across the state, we are ensuring that evidence critical in the investigation of sexual assault is processed carefully and efficiently.”
AB 701 – Authored by Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia and co-authored by Anderson. This bill would state that all forms of non-consensual sexual assault be considered rape for the purpose of the gravity of the offense and the support of survivors.
Statement from Anderson, “AB 701 expands California law’s outdated and restrictive definition of rape as ‘an act of sexual intercourse.’ This updated definition of rape will ensure that these terrible acts are not diminished by legal technicalities, and that victims are not robbed of the justice they deserve.”
AB 2888 – Authored by Assemblyman Evan Low and co-authored by Anderson. This bill will change existing law so that people who are convicted of any form of rape - sodomy, penetration with a foreign object or oral copulation if the victim was unable to give consent - to be forbidden probation or suspension of execution or imposition of a sentence if convicted for these crimes.
Statement from Anderson, “I am pleased Governor Brown signed a measure AB 2888 to standing up for victims of rape in California.”
Legislation Anderson Requested Governor’s Signature:
AB 2510 – Authored by Assemblyman Eric Linder. This bill requires the Attorney General to create a uniform concealed carry weapons (CCW) license that will be issued by local agencies. This bill was introduced to make it easier for gun owners to easily carry a CCW card when armed.
Statement from Anderson: “I was pleased to coauthor this bill to make it easier for CCW holders to carry one identification license rather than having to hold multiple licenses at a time. The Second Amendment is an important part of our American identity.”