Gloria Bill to Demilitarize Law Enforcement, Build Police and Community Relations, Heading to Assembly Floor

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Assemblymember Gloria Seeks to Promote Transparency and Urge Police, Government, and Public to Work Together with AB 3131

SACRAMENTO, CA – Public safety legislation authored by California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) to demilitarize law enforcement, build better police and community relations, and promote government transparency will be considered by the full Assembly this week. AB 3131 would require law enforcement to receive approval from their local governing bodies during a public hearing prior to obtaining military-grade equipment for policing. This reverses the Trump Administration’s rescission of an Obama-era executive order that sought to control local law enforcement’s acquisition of surplus military equipment under the U.S. Department of Defense’s 1033 program.

Public safety is a cornerstone of my commitment to building communities where people feel safe and take pride in their neighborhoods. Law enforcement, government, and the people we serve are the foundation of our communities, and we all must work together. Changing the way we work together on public safety is how I intend to lead on the critical challenges we face today,” said Assemblymember Todd Gloria. “AB 3131 will require law enforcement to participate in a public forum before acquiring military-grade equipment. This makes the process transparent to the public and is intended to improve the relationship between law enforcement and the people they are sworn to protect.”

AB 3131, co-authored by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco), proposes a new transparent process in which law enforcement entities that wish to purchase, acquire, or seek funds for military equipment must submit public documents, participate in a public hearing, and receive majority approval from their local governing body.

AB 3131 was approved by the Assembly’s Local Government and Public Safety Committees and passed the Appropriations Committee last week. The bill is sponsored by the ACLU of California and Indivisible California.