2018 Signed & Vetoed Bills

Signed Bills

Bills joint or co-authored by Anderson, signed by Governor Brown at Anderson’s urging.

SB 1437 fixes the "felony murder rule" by requiring that a person could only be prosecuted if they were the actual killer, shared intent to kill, were a major participant in the underlying felony and acted with reckless indifference to human life or if a peace officer was killed.

Anderson’s statement from his letter: “I have always believed in second chances. Particularly for those who strive to improve themselves… By signing SB 1437, you can help us take another step closer to a fair and balanced criminal justice system.”

Anderson’s floor speech: https://youtu.be/zBkswOV0Bl0.

AB 1065 criminalizes organized retail theft when a person steals multiple times within the same year, receives stolen goods in concert, or assembles individuals to commit organized theft.

Anderson’s statement from his letter: “While current law criminalizing theft exists, none that specifies organized theft and how to properly deal with it is currently in use. If allowed to continue, organized theft will persistently harm businesses—especially small businesses.”

SB 215 modifies the existing mental health diversion program, which can grant pretrial diversion to a defendant if the court believes their mental illness played a role in the commitment of their crime. This modification would require that certain crimes such as: murder, manslaughter, sex crimes requiring registration, and use of a weapon of mass destruction all be ineligible for this program. It also allows the court to decide if restitution is owed to the victim, without disqualifying the defendant for the diversion program if they cannot pay restitution.

Anderson’s statement from his letter: “[This bill] helps correct the problem that many judges faced when they lacked the authority to grant traumatized victims restitutions.”

AB 237 increases the upper limit on the amount of a permissible loan under the existing pilot program from $2,500 to $7,500.

Anderson’s statement from his letter: “I support this bill because it expands access for safer consumer loans for unbanked and underbanked borrowers with inadequate credit histories… I urge you to help further support the livelihoods of California’s small business owners with this bill so they can continue to contribute so importantly to our economy.”

Vetoed Bills

Bills that Governor Brown vetoed at Senator Anderson’s urging.

SB 320 requires each public university student health center, as defined, to offer abortion by medication techniques.

Anderson’s statement from his letter: The bill “…represents not only a departure from (UC and CSU’s) mission of educating our state’s youth in a way that will drain resources away, but also represents a dangerous expansion of each institutions liability and insurance costs.”

AB 2152 requires the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) to create a definition of “food insecurity” for counties to use to determine if an able-bodied adult without dependents (ABAWD) is “unfit for work” and therefore exempt from work requirements to continue receiving CalFresh benefits.

Anderson’s statement from his letter: “Assembly Bill 2152 is a backward looking solution to a very real problem of poverty in this state. Prudence and compassion would instead dictate that we stop extending a lifestyle of poverty and instead, provide and assist needy Californians with the necessary tools to overcome poverty permanently.”

AB 1947 makes it a criminal offense to pay petition circulators per signature. Thus, the costs to place a measure on the ballot would increase significantly because signature-gatherers would have to be paid hourly.

Anderson’s statement from his letter: “At the end of the day, getting something on the ballot and getting something passed are two entirely different things and this bill will limit California voters’ access to that right of initiative and to make those decisions.”

Anderson’s floor speech: https://youtu.be/Z5fsRfiIGBI

SB 1424 requires the Attorney General establish an advisory group whose purpose would have been to create a plan to deal with false information on social media.

Anderson’s statement from his letter: “The government designing a “How to combat fake news” primer for private social media platforms…what could go wrong? It only avoids the moniker “censorship” because instead of the government enforcing its provisions, consumer attorneys will be allowed to do so…”

AB 2314 requires the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) to make a Domestic Work Enforcement Pilot Program to improve the education and enforcement of labor standards for domestic workers (such as housekeepers, nannies, and caregivers).

Anderson’s statement from his letter: “Requiring personal attendants such as housekeepers, nannies, and caregivers to be paid overtime serves only to harm the disabled and the elderly by putting the costs of caregiving beyond reach.”

AB 2888 expands the list of people, other than family and law enforcement, who could request a gun violence restraining order against a person.

Anderson’s statement from his letter: “[This bill is] a departure from adequate existing law that allows family and law enforcement to bring these gun violence restraining orders… If one has fears about a person's mental stability, they should notify law enforcement. The vast majority of gun violence restraining orders granted, to date, have been requested by law enforcement.”

SB 174 allows any resident of California over 18 years of age to hold an appointed civil office.

Anderson’s statement from his letter: “Under this bill, Dreamers who may legitimately and understandably want to participate in our civic life here in California will be thrusted into view of ICE in a high profile manner so long as federal immigration law stays the same.”

Anderson’s floor speech: https://youtu.be/eXvIwVEsVB8

SB 349 prohibits the detention of an immigrant by an ICE agent for a civil violation of federal immigration law while in a state courthouse and subjects violators (federal officers) to being held in contempt of court.

Anderson’s statement from his letter: “Irrespective of what legislative leaders think of the current administration in our nation’s capitol, immigration is a federal issue and this bill purports to make our state courts sanctuaries.”

SB 1177 prohibits a person from making more than one application to purchase, and a dealer from delivering, any type of firearm within any 30-day period.

Anderson’s statement from his letter: “Owning multiple firearms doesn’t make someone more likely to commit crime. This bill hurts law-abiding citizens seeking to exercise their Second Amendment rights, does nothing to solve criminal misuse of firearms, and hurts California’s economy.”

SB 221 prohibits the sale of firearms and ammunition at the Cow Palace (District Agricultural Association 1-A) which straddles the counties of San Francisco and San Mateo.

Anderson’s statement from his letter: “Our state is known in the nation for laws that ensure safety of gun shows, and this bill is unnecessary.”

AB 1992 eliminates the personal belief exemption (PBE) for the CalWORKs immunization requirement.

Anderson’s statement from his letter: “Eliminating the PBE for the CalWORKs immunization requirement violates the strongly held personal or religious beliefs of parents by conditioning the state support that their families depend on to compliance with an unrelated state mandate to immunize their kids.”

AB 2111 requires County welfare departments to renew 12-month indigence exception periods for eligible CalWORKs clients who are sponsored noncitizens, which are currently limited to only one 12-month exception in a lifetime.  

Anderson’s statement from his letter: “California policy should provide a safety net for those who truly cannot provide their own necessities of life, but not encourage able-bodied adults to stay out of the workforce for longer than necessary.”

AB 2361 requires the UC, under harsh penalties for non-compliance, to disclose a large amount of detailed information about each contractor and subcontractor.

Anderson’s statement from his letter: “How is it that the proponents of this bill can so blatantly bully the UC and the State of California for the sole purpose of executing union new membership programs?”

AB 186 authorizes the use of illegal narcotics in certified centers with “overdose prevention programs” so that these narcotics can be used in areas with medical professionals, sterile equipment, and access to addiction treatment.

Anderson’s statement from his letter: “Assembly Bill 186 ultimately does more harm than good since it promotes drug use without treatment and can bring harm to many neighborhoods.”

AB 2908 creates a new fee on the retail sale of new tires, up to $1 per tire, to fund regulatory activities currently paid for by the $1.75/tire fee that consumers must already pay.

Anderson’s statement from his letter: “…this bill is a “work-around” of Proposition 26, passed in 2010, that requires "any change in state statute which results in any taxpayer paying a higher tax" to be "imposed by an act passed by not less than two-thirds of all members elected to each of the two houses of the Legislature." This bill came to you on a majority vote and violates the spirit of what the people demanded with Prop 26.”