This California Assembly bill would limit the militarization of state and local police departments, and increase accountability and transparency for the acquisition and use of military equipment by police.
- Law enforcement agencies (as defined by the statute) would be required to receive approval from their governing bodies in open, public hearings before
- Acquiring or requesting military equipment
- Seeking funds for military equipment
- Using military equipment for a purpose, in a manner, or by a person not previously approved by the governing body
- Governing bodies would only approve the acquisition or use of military equipment if it is necessary and will not be used based on factors such as race, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, political viewpoint, or disability.
- Law enforcement agencies would be required to make annual reports to their governing bodies about how, where, and why each piece of military equipment was used.
- Law enforcement agencies would be required to hold well-publicized and conveniently located community engagement meetings to allow the public to discuss and ask questions about the agency's use acquisition and use of military equipment.
Introduced into the California Assembly on February 16, 2018. Referred to the Assembly Committee on Local Government.
The bill is expected to be voted on by the Assembly Local Government Committee on Wednesday, April 18, 2018.
Assembly Local Government Committee Members:
- Cecilia M. Aguiar-Curry, Chair (D-04)
- Marie Waldron, Vice-Chair (R-75)
- Richard Bloom (D-50)
- Anna M. Caballero (D-30)
- Lorena S. Gonzalez Fletcher (D-80)
- Timothy S. Grayson (D-14)
- Tom Lackey (R-36)
- Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (D-54)
- Randy Voepel (R-71)
Look up your state representatives at findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov.
Call script for members of the Assembly Local Government Committee:
"Hi, my name is [your name] and I am a constituent of [Assembly member's name]. My ZIP code is [your ZIP code]. I'm calling to ask [Assembly member's name] to support AB-3131 and vote for it in the Local Government Committee. AB-3131 gives control back to local communities and allows for public input whenever law enforcement wants to acquire military equipment. It is a simple and common sense measure to ensure that our local city council has a say in what comes into our communities."
Note: only call your own Assembly member