Over the last year in California, 2,600 bills were introduced, 1,042 were sent to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk and 870 were signed, according to a legislative update given at the Nov. 19 Murrieta City Council meeting.
Several bills that cover some hot topic issues include Senate Bill 542, recognizing that fire and police personnel that are diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder are covered by workers’ compensation, recently approved Oct. 1.
Assembly Bill 392 and Senate Bill 230 both work in tandem in limiting the use of deadly force when it comes to peace officers. AB 392 effectively would mean officers can only open fire when necessary to protect a human life, while SB 230 looks at providing better training for officers in regards to force. Both were signed, AB 392 was approved Aug. 19, and SB 230 was approved Sept. 12.
Assembly Bill 516 would have repealed a city’s authority to tow cars from the downtown business area if they have more than five unpaid parking tickets or the car had been left for 72 or more hours. The bill has currently been stopped, as it would have had a large effect on cities throughout California.
Lastly Senate Bill 50, which looks closely at housing had previously been halted, but will most likely be revised and return to the Senate in 2020. According to the bill, a “neighborhood multifamily project” means that developers can potentially “upzone” land to build two, three, four or five stories high if necessary.
PulsePoint, an app that went live Monday, Nov. 25, alerts residents who have downloaded it to help nearby people in need that may be experiencing a cardiac arrest before professional help is able to arrive or within a half-mile if the event occurs in a public place. Murrieta Rotary Club covered the first year’s cost of the system and its implementation, and program manager Jennifer Antonucci with Murrieta’s Fire and Rescue led the effort.
For more information on the Nov. 19 city council meeting and its agenda items, including the Tenaja Fire Project, visit https://vimeo.com/cityofmurrieta.
Lexington Howe can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.