Four Weber Bills Pass Assembly Public Safety Committee
SACRAMENTO – The Assembly Committee on Public Safety passed four bills today authored by Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber (D-San Diego):
AB 90: Gang Database. AB 90 will ensure that CalGang and other shared gang databases have an oversight structure that supports accountability for proper database use and protection of individual rights. This bill is a follow up to a report issued by the California State Auditor’s office that found significant problems with the accuracy and oversight of the state’s gang database.
AB 1128: Court Evidence. The proposed legislation will ensure the integrity of court evidence by requiring that they are retained exclusively by the courts, and in the most serious cases, retained for the length of incarceration so that evidence remains for post-conviction testing. This bill is co-sponsored by the San Diego District Attorney and the California Innocence Project.
AB 1344: Voting Rights. This bill would provide additional information about an individual’s voting eligibility for those who complete parole or who are on probation.
AB 1448: Elderly Parole Program: The bill sets the age and time served requirements for receiving a parole review hearing to allow people who are 60 years of age and older and who have been incarcerated for at least 25 years on their current sentence to be reviewed by the Board of Parole Hearings under the elder parole review guidelines. AB 1448 codifies the existing Elderly Parole Program implemented by the Brown Administration following the prison overcrowding class action case Plata/Coleman v. Brown (2013).
The bills move to the Assembly Committee on Appropriations for consideration within the next few weeks.
More information on these and other bills can be found at http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/. Video of the hearing can be found at www.calchannel.com.