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AB-811 Juveniles: rights: computing technology.(2017-2018)

Bill Status
Gipson (A)
Juveniles: rights: computing technology.
An act to amend Sections 362.05 and 727 of, and to add Sections 224.75, 851.1, and 889.1 to, the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to juveniles.

Type of Measure
Active Bill - In Desk Process
Majority Vote Required
Fiscal Committee
State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
01/12/18 Stricken from file.
01/03/18 Consideration of Governor's veto pending.
10/11/17 Vetoed by Governor.
09/25/17 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 12 p.m.
09/14/17 Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 51. Noes 24. Page 3361.).
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Assembly:

I am returning Assembly Bill 811 without my signature.
This bill requires that reasonable access to computer technology and the internet be provided to foster youth, as well as youth confined in Department of Juvenile Justice or local juvenile facilities.
While I agree with this bill's intent, the inclusion of state facilities alone will cost upwards of $15 million for infrastructure upgrades. Also, the reasonable access standard in this bill is vague, and could lead to implementation questions on top of the potentially costly state mandate created by the legislation.
I therefore urge the proponents to revisit the local aspects of this bill in the future, taking these concerns under advisement. In the meantime I am directing the Department of Juvenile Justice to present a plan in the coming year to provide computer and internet access as soon as is practicable, and that can be budgeted for accordingly.  

Edmund G. Brown Jr.