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AM Alert: California police profiling bill gets late push

NE ZONER Citrus Heights police traffic enforcement Sgt. Todd Thiessen gives a fix-it ticket for an illegal license cover after he pulled over car in front of Lichen Elementary School in Citrus Heights, California on January 11, 2006.
NE ZONER Citrus Heights police traffic enforcement Sgt. Todd Thiessen gives a fix-it ticket for an illegal license cover after he pulled over car in front of Lichen Elementary School in Citrus Heights, California on January 11, 2006. Sacramento Bee Staff Photo

After vowing to tackle policing this year, California legislators have had a mixed record: a bill banning the use of grand juries to investigate officer killings became law, while measures regulating the use of police body cameras have stumbled.

The remaining focus for civil liberties advocates is Assembly Bill 953, which would require local law enforcement to gather and report data on stops in an effort to suss out racial profiling. It cleared the Assembly floor on a narrow vote and, despite the opposition of law enforcement groups and an estimate that it would cost millions of dollars annually, got out of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Today advocates are making a push for the bill, joined by Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, D-San Diego. They’ll be rallying on the south lawn at 10 a.m. before delivering petitions to Gov. Jerry Brown.

FUTURISTIC: We are now mere weeks away from the Future envisioned in Back to the Future 2. They won’t cruise in on hoverboards, but Assembly members Evan Low, D-Cambell, and Ling-Ling Chang, R-Diamond Bar, are announcing the formation today of a millennial-focused California Future Caucus intended to inspire the young folks to get into politics. It’s been a goal of Low, who first ran for office when he was 21. In room 126 at 9:30 a.m.

DATA-ING SCENE: Two statewide officials are promoting tools to monitor the government’s work today. Attorney General Kamala Harris is announcing a new criminal justice open data tool at a Los Angeles press conference today, joined by Rep. Karen Bass, D-Los Angeles, and Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck. Back in Sacramento, Secretary of State Alex Padilla will try to demonstrate he’s making good on a campaign promise to fix the state’s creaky campaign-finance disclosure system by unveiling a search tool crafted with the organization MapLight.

SCHOOLED: California’s rollout of the new Common Core standards has not been without incident, as evidenced by the scramble to suspend an outdated test officials are looking to replace with a more up-to-date assessment. Today State Board of Education members will discuss how the state is doing with implementing the new Smarter Balanced tests during a board meeting at 1430 N Street.

CELEBRATION: Happy birthday to Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, who turns 46 today.

Jeremy B. White: 916-326-5543, @CapitolAlert

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