CALI Legislative Update

Tis the season for Legislation! We are very busy.

AB 921 [Jones] Private investigators:  Disciplinary Review Committee.

The CALI sponsored bill to establish a Disciplinary Review Committee passed out of the Assembly Business and Professions Committee on Tuesday, April 14. The next step is Assembly Appropriations.

SUMMARY:
Establishes a Private Investigator Disciplinary Review Committee (DRC), to which a licensed private investigator, under the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS), may appeal the assessment of an administrative fine and to which a person denied a license to work as a private investigator may appeal the denial.

Click here for the link to the bill:

Click here for the Assembly Committee Analysis.


SB 707 [Wolk] Firearms: gun-free school zone.

A bill the Legislative Committee is concerned about it SB 707. See summary below. Many investigators feel very strongly about the CCW restriction that is being created with this bill. If that concern applies to you, I suggest you telephone your state representative and let your voice be heard. If you do not know your representatives, go to http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/ and insert your address, you will get the links to your State Senator and Assembly Member which will give you their contact information. If you have any difficulty, contact me. My email is with my signature line.

The bill is on its way. It passed out of the Senate Safety Committee on April 14. Click here for a link to the Analysis.

SUMMARY:
Gun-Free School Zone Act of 1995 prohibits a person from possessing a firearm in a place that the person knows, or reasonably should know, is a school zone, unless with the written permission of certain school district officials. Existing law defines a school zone as an area on the grounds of a school providing instruction in kindergarten or grades 1 to 12, or within a distance of 1,000 feet of that school. Existing law prohibits a person from possessing a firearm upon the grounds of a campus of a public or private university or college, that are contiguous or are clearly marked as university property, unless with the written permission of specified university or college officials. Under existing law, a violation of these provisions is a felony, or, under specified circumstances, a misdemeanor. Under existing law, certain persons are exempt from both the school zone and the university prohibitions, including, among others, a person holding a valid license to carry a concealed firearm and retired peace officers authorized to carry concealed or loaded firearms.

This bill would instead allow a person holding a valid license to carry a concealed firearm, and a retired peace officer authorized to carry a concealed or loaded firearm, to carry a firearm in an area that is within 1,000 feet of, but not on the grounds of, a public or private school providing instruction in kindergarten or grades 1 to 12. This bill would also delete the exemption that allows a person holding a valid license to carry a concealed firearm, and a retired peace officer authorized to carry a concealed or loaded firearm, to possess a firearm on the campus of a university or college. By expanding the scope of an existing crime, this bill would create a state-mandated local program.

Support:  California Chapters of the Brady Campaign to Prevent  Violence; California Public Defenders Association;  Friends Committee on Legislation of California; Law  Center to Prevent Gun Violence; Physicians for Social  Responsibility, Sacramento Chapter; Violence  Prevention Coalition; Women Against Gun Violence

Opposition:  Sacramento County Deputy Sheriffs' Association;  California Correctional Supervisors Organization;  California Narcotics Officers; California Rifle and  Pistol Association, Inc.; Fraternal Order of Police,  California State Lodge;  Long Beach Police Officers  Association; Los Angeles County Professional Peace  Officers Association; Retired & Disabled Police of America; Santa Ana Police Officers Association; California College and University Police Chiefs Association (unless amended); 1 individual


If you would like to follow the all of the bills the CALI Legislative Committee is monitoring, go to the CALI web site at http://www.cali-pi.org and click on the Legislation link. You will find a list of key issues dated March 23. This is the document we presented to our elected officials on Leg Day. There is also a link dated April 1, 2015 with all of the bills we are watching including a brief description of each.

NCISS Legislative Update


Those who trek to participate in the NCISS version of Leg Day, Hit the Hill, just returned from a very successful day on Capitol Hill in Washington DC. Many of our former state legislators are in Congress so it is not so much different than what we do every year in California, but with more walking. Between appointments, we joined for lunch in a meeting room in the Rayburn House Office Building. Congressman Ted Yoho from Florida addressed the group with some timely comments about Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) we commonly call drones. Drone legislation is a big issue in Congress as it is in California and in almost every state across the country. During the afternoon, we were fortunate to be able to meet with members of the Senate Commerce Committee. Evidently, not much is going to move on drones until the FAA Rules are decided. We have to watch very closely. After the completion of our appointments, we enjoyed a debriefing cocktail event at the office of NCISS Legislative Advocate’s Victorian Federal Row House (built in 1880) just two blocks from the Capitol. If you have never attended Hit the Hill, I certainly encourage you to do so.

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Together, we can make a difference!

Francie Koehler
CALI Leg Chair
NCISS Leg Chair – Investigation
510-772-5512
Francie.Koehler@gmail.com