2022 Legislation

Take Action on SB 1464

SB 1464 Law enforcement: public health orders. (Pan) This bill would require sheriffs and peace officers to enforce public health orders rather than allowing them to do so. The bill would additionally prohibit state funds from being provided to any law enforcement agency that publicly announces that they will oppose, or adopts a policy to oppose, a public health order and reallocated those funds to the county public health department of the county in which the law enforcement agency operates.

CURRENT STATUS:  4/19/22 Author cancelled hearing for the third time. Referred to Senate Health Committee and Senate Public Safety Committee. 

Step 1. Set Up Meeting

Contact the district office and request meeting. If you do not know who your state representatives are, go to FindYourRep.Legislature.CA.Gov.

If asked what the meeting is about, feel free to state a general concern such as education, health, or the pandemic.

Do not be discouraged if you are offered a meeting with a staffer rather than your legislator, or if it is on zoom vs. in person. Staffers play an important role in the legislative process.

Step 2. Get to Know your Legislator

Read your representatives' bio on their website. What are their interests? What bills have they authored in the past? How have they voted on issues you care about?

Find a common interest in order to establish relatability.

Step 3. Prepare Documents to Take to Meeting
Create your own one page document with the top three concerns you have. Bullet points are helpful as legislators and staffers are dealing with hundreds of bills.

Step 4. Dress and Act Professionally
When meeting with legislators and staffers, the goal is to build positive relationships. This is easy to do if expressing views in polite and respectful ways.

Representatives and their staff are just ordinary people that are generally very personable and friendly.

For a more in depth training on the legislative process and meeting with legislators, watch this video.

TaKe Action 2:

Submit Your Opposition Letter to Policy Committees

Make sure that your position on this bill is heard and put on record by submitting you comments to the California Legislature Position Letter Portal.

(Watch Video Tutorial)

Comments will be shared with the appropriate policy committee members hearing the bill.

Sample Comment:

"I oppose SB 1464 which would require sheriffs and peace officers to enforce public health orders rather than allowing them to do so. These types of health policies could lead to loss of voluntary and informed consent and hinder the ability of law enforcement to carry out their primary objectives in protecting against criminal acts."

If the deadline to submit comments through the portal has passed, please email your comments to the Senate Health Committee: SHEA.Committee@sen.ca.gov

You might add a personal experience or talking points outlined below.

Talking Points for SB 1464

Specific Ask: Oppose SB 1464 or abstain from voting on the bill.

Main Talking Points

  1. Local law enforcement should not be required to enforce health orders.
  2. Law enforcement offices are already overwhelmed and understaffed.
  3. Requiring health interventions interferes with voluntary and informed consent and should not make use of police powers.
  4. The punitive consequence against an agency would unfairly impact residents within that county.
  5. Protecting law enforcement discretion is important when considering that local health officers can "take any action" to control the spread of a communicable disease.

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