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AB-3131 Law enforcement agencies: military equipment: funding, acquisition, and use.(2017-2018)

Bill Status
Gloria (A) , Chiu (A)
Hill (S)
Law enforcement agencies: military equipment: funding, acquisition, and use.
An act to add Chapter 12.8 (commencing with Section 7070) to Division 7 of Title 1 of the Government Code, relating to military equipment.

Type of Measure
Inactive Bill - Vetoed
Majority Vote Required
Fiscal Committee
State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
09/27/18 Vetoed by Governor.
09/11/18 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4:30 p.m.
08/30/18 Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 42. Noes 36. Page 7018.).
08/29/18 In Assembly. Concurrence in Senate amendments pending.
08/29/18 Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Assembly. (Ayes 22. Noes 16. Page 5981.).
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Assembly:

I am returning Assembly Bill 3131 without my signature.

This bill establishes requirements that must be met before a law enforcement agency may take a number of specified actions related to the acquisition and use of "military" equipment.

The list of equipment contemplated by this bill is overbroad-broader than that covered by now-repealed Executive Order 13688 which was the basis for AB 36 (Campos) in 2015, which I also vetoed. The current list not only includes items that are clearly "militaristic in style," but many that are commonly used by law enforcement and do not merit additional barriers to their acquisition.

In my view this bill creates an unnecessary bureaucratic hurdle without commensurate public benefit, and I cannot sign it.


Edmund G. Brown Jr.