SB-54: California Values Act

(Last updated February 12, 2018)

Summary

SB-54 is a California Senate bill that would establish California as a sanctuary state. The bill would prohibit state and local law enforcement agencies from using resources to investigate, interrogate, detain, detect, or arrest persons for immigration enforcement purposes. It would also require public schools, public libraries, public health facilities, and courthouses to limit assistance with immigration enforcement to the fullest extent possible.

Status

Introduced into the California Senate on December 5, 2016 by Senator Kevin de León. In San Diego County, Senator Toni G. Atkins is a principal coauthor.

The bill passed the California Senate on April 3, 2017, on a vote of 27-12. In San Diego County, both Republican Senators (Bates, Anderson) voted AGAINST the bill, and both Democratic Senators (Atkins, Hueso) voted FOR the bill.

The bill passed the California Assembly with amendments on September 15, 2017, on a vote of 51-26. In San Diego County, three Republican Assembly members (Maienschein, Voepel, Waldron) voted against the bill and all Democratic Assembly members (Gloria, Gonzalez Fletcher, Weber) voted vote the bill. Republican Assembly member Rocky Chávez did not cast a vote.

The Assembly's amendments to the bill were concurred in by the state Senate on September 16, 2017, on a vote of 27-11 . In San Diego County, both Republican Senators (Anderson, Bates) voted against the bill, and both Democratic Senators (Atkins, Hueso) voted for the bill.

The bill was signed into law on October 5, 2017.