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AB-1116 Peer Support and Crisis Referral Services Pilot Program.(2017-2018)

Bill Status
Grayson (A)
Bonta (A) , Burke (A) , Cooper (A) , Rodriguez (A) , Rubio (A) , Wood (A)
Peer Support and Crisis Referral Services Pilot Program.
An act to add Article 22 (commencing with Section 8669.7) to Chapter 7 of Division 1 of Title 2 of, and to add and repeal Article 21 (commencing with Section 8669) of Chapter 7 of Division 1 of Title 2 of, the Government Code, relating to emergency services.

Type of Measure
Inactive Bill - Vetoed
Majority Vote Required
Fiscal Committee
Non-State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
09/27/18 Vetoed by Governor.
08/28/18 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3 p.m.
08/23/18 Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 79. Noes 0. Page 6491.).
08/20/18 In Assembly. Concurrence in Senate amendments pending. May be considered on or after August 22 pursuant to Assembly Rule 77.
08/20/18 Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Assembly. (Ayes 39. Noes 0. Page 5445.).
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Assembly:

I am returning Assembly Bill 1116 without my signature.

This bill creates a pilot peer support program for state correctional and parole officers, firefighters, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, and dispatchers.  

I appreciate the author's sincere attempt to address the occupational stress experienced by some of our bravest public servants. However, I believe that the scope of confidentiality afforded under this bill is too broad and fails to strike the right balance between fostering collegial trust and concealing information necessary to ensure safe and healthy workplaces.

Further, peer support programs are already in place for many public safety personnel, making this narrow pilot program largely duplicative and potentially in conflict with existing programs. I would recommend that instead of new statutory provisions, the sponsors and author work with the affected agencies to improve existing programs.


Edmund G. Brown Jr.