Kim and Jon Wainwright from the Capital Center for Law & Policy wrap up the second season of In Session by discussing the high points!
Thomas Gerhart wraps up season 2 by telling us about AB 375 and AB 2182. As the law is now, make sure to call any business that may have your personal information and tell them to delete it! (They have to).
Trisha Mannie tells us about SB 224. This bill modifies current sexual harassment law by, among other things, providing that certain higher positions of power can be held liable for sexual harassment.
Katie Young tells us about AB 2551, legislation that calls attention to our forest management policies and how they affect the frequency and severity of massive, out-of-control fires.
California currently faces a major public education crisis. Similar to the housing crisis, California’s teacher supply has failed to meet demand, resulting in severe teacher shortages throughout the state. Seventy-five percent of school districts are understaffed, particularly with regard to fully-credentialed teachers. Compounding this problem is California’s affordable housing crisis. Housing supply has stagnated, rental prices have skyrocketed, and many Californians have been priced out of their homes and cities. These two crises seemed to intersect in late 2016, when the San Francisco Chronicle reported Etoria Cheeks, a local math teacher, fell into homelessness after being priced out of affordable housing in the city. Many viewed Ms. Cheeks’ story as a part of a larger problem, and began calling for action to better secure affordable housing for the state’s teachers. Accordingly, Assembly Member Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond) authored AB 45, which sought to create a development grant program for school districts to offer district-owned affordable rental housing to teachers. Today on the podcast, Dylan Dewitt joins Tyler to talk about AB 45.
Calls for strengthened immigration laws and renewed enforcement of existing laws have raised questions about the interactions between local law enforcement agencies and federal authorities. In what has been referred to as the “highest-profile act of defiance to Trump’s nascent presidency,” California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De León introduced SB 54, also known as the California Values Act, to, as some would put it, erect not a new border wall, but a “wall of justice” that would “protect the safety, well-being, and constitutional rights of the people of California, and … direct the state’s limited resources to matters of greatest concern to state and local governments.” Today on the podcast, Megan McCauley joins Tyler to talk about SB 54.
After managing to keep its scam under wraps for at least a decade, it came to light that Wells Fargo was ripping off its customers by opening fake accounts in their name and charging them for the fees associated with those accounts. Making matters worse, when defrauded customers tried suing the bank, Wells Fargo would block their access to the courts by enforcing the arbitration clause that many of the customers had agreed to when first opening a bank account. By enforcing these clauses, Wells Fargo could funnel all complaints regarding its deceptive practices into private arbitration, where it would never have to answer to either a judge or a jury. In order to ensure that victims of big-bank fraud could see their day in court, State Senator Bill Dodd introduced SB 33. Today on the podcast, Kim Barnes joins Tyler to discuss SB 33.
Under the Obama Administration policies, as long as states developed a robust regulatory and enforcement system for medical or recreational adult use of marijuana, residents who complied with state laws and regulations would not be subject to harassment, arrest or incarceration by the federal government. Under those assurances, California’s marijuana industry flourished. Although Trump’s position on marijuana is not clear, his naming of Jeff Sessions (a staunch anti-drug crusader) as Attorney General suggested to many that the administration would eventually reverse the lenient Obama-era policies. To mitigate the risk of such a policy reversal, Assembly Member Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles) proposed AB 1578. Today on the podcast, Trevor Wong joins Tyler to discuss AB 1578.
Before 2017, Nevada was a member of a minority of states that lacked an anti-bestiality law. Generally, the rationale behind anti-bestiality laws is two-pronged: (1) protect animals and (2) prevent future violence to humans. In order to achieve both these ends, Nevada Assembly Member Richard Carrillo (D-Las Vegas) introduced AB 391, which creates the crime of bestiality. Today on the podcast, Emily Malhiot joins Tyler to discuss AB 391.