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Police use of force + DMV budget + Nurses and moms program

What lawmakers said about bill to set rules around deadly use of force by police

Assembly members Shirley Weber and Kevin McCarty introduce AB 392 designed to set standards for the deadly use of force by police. They used the Stephon Clark shooting in Sacramento as one example of unnecessary use of force by officers.
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Assembly members Shirley Weber and Kevin McCarty introduce AB 392 designed to set standards for the deadly use of force by police. They used the Stephon Clark shooting in Sacramento as one example of unnecessary use of force by officers.

Happy Tuesday! Bryan Anderson filling in for Hannah Wiley for the rest of the week. We’ve got a flurry of activity today, with 18 hearings in the Capitol. Here’s what you need to know...

USE OF FORCE BILL

In the wake of the Stephon Clark shooting, two Assembly Democrats are working to make it easier to prosecute police police officers who shoot and kill unarmed people.

Assembly 392, which aims to raise the standard under which officers can discharge their firearms, faces a major test today in the Assembly Committee on Public Safety. Assemblymembers Shirley Weber, D-San Diego, and Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento, previously appeared on the “California Nation” podcast to discuss their proposal.

Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon said he didn’t want to get ahead of the committee vote but signaled his support for the bill, saying, “I do think we definitely need to take a look at those standards. It’s been a really long time since we’ve done that. Training is great. I’m not sure training is enough. ... If we’re not looking at our standards, we’re not doing our job.”

Follow @hannahcwiley on Twitter for updates throughout the hearing, which is set to begin at 8:30 a.m. in Room 4202.

DMV BUDGET

The state Department of Motor Vehicles has requested $208 million from the California Legislature, warning of longer wait times this summer if it doesn’t get the extra money.

The reaction from lawmakers: Frustration and reluctance.

Today, the DMV will make its case for more workers and improved technology during an afternoon budget hearing.

Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, will chair the meeting, and vows not give the department another dime until a “whole new leadership team” is in place. After the DMV asked for $168 million on top of the more than $40 million it requested earlier this year, Ting appeared unlikely to approve the request.

“I believe the department needs more resources, but I don’t believe they know what to do with them right now,” he said.

A joint informational hearing will be held in Room 447 and begin after a 1:30 p.m. budget hearing concludes. Lawmakers are scheduled to hear from Kathleen Webb, acting director of the DMV, and Marybel Batjer, leader of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s strike team.

NURSES AND MOMS

Hannah Wiley writes...

Members of the Nurse-Family Partnership program will be at the Capitol today in an effort to increase funding for home-visiting services in California. The 40-year-old program includes sending trained nurses to regularly visit pregnant, first-time, usually young mothers. The medical professionals continue their visits until the baby turns two.

The average mom in the program is 19, makes less than $10,000 per year, is unmarried and nearly all are Medi-Cal recipients. The home visits are intended to help the vulnerable mothers get healthy, prepare for their child’s health and development and create economic and maternal visions for their future.

“It’s nice just having the extra set of hands, the extra ears to talk about what’s going on with your kids,” said a former NFP mom, Kathy Ward.

Ward’s daughter was born in September 2016 and while her pregnancy was easy, Ward said that her daughter struggled digesting proteins from cow’s milk at four months. As a new mom, she needed her nurse’s assistance in navigating the new baby’s dietary needs.

“She helped me more with my child (by) being around,” Ward said. “My nurse helped me figure out what formula works, how to feed her and how to hold her properly.”

In the last two decades, nearly 30,000 families participated in the program throughout the state, including in Sacramento. The program costs $14,580 per family. But the program’s supporters say the financial benefit to the state adds up to $63,836 per family when medical care, child welfare, special education and criminal justice savings are considered.

Moms and nurses will meet with lawmakers to share their success stories and advocate for more monetary attention for programs like NFP, as identified as a main goal in Newsom’s early childhood budget proposals.

For your radar — California needs better homelessness data, according to a mental services commission leading an effort to reduce the number of residents without housing.

At 1 p.m. today in Sacramento, the state’s Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council will discuss a proposed “California Homeless Data Integration Project.”

The group wants to get more demographic insights into the homelessness population and identify gaps in necessary services.

TWEET OF THE DAY

Assemblywoman Shirley Weber (@AsmShirleyWeber) — “Amazing actor and activist @kendrick38 is at the Capitol today to advocate for #AB392 #LetUsLive @AsmKevinMcCarty @AsmJoseMedina.”

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