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SB-349 Courthouses: Privilege from civil arrest.(2017-2018)

Bill Status
Lara (S)
Chiu (A) , Gonzalez Fletcher (A) , Mark Stone (A)
Atkins (S) , Bonta (A) , Bradford (S) , Caballero (A) , Chu (A) , Gloria (A) , Jones-Sawyer (A) , Kalra (A) , Mitchell (S) , Pan (S) , Quirk (A) , Reyes (A) , Rubio (A) , Santiago (A) , Skinner (S) , Thurmond (A) , Ting (A) , Wiener (S)
Courthouses: Privilege from civil arrest.
An act to add Section 43.54 to the Civil Code, and to amend Section 177 of the Code of Civil Procedure, relating to courthouses.

Type of Measure
Active Bill - In Floor Process
Majority Vote Required
Fiscal Committee
State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
11/30/18 Last day to consider Governor’s veto pursuant to Joint Rule 58.5.
09/27/18 In Senate. Consideration of Governor's veto pending.
09/27/18 Vetoed by the Governor.
09/11/18 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m.
08/31/18 Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 28. Noes 10. Page 6131.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling.
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Senate:

I am returning Senate Bill 349 without my signature.

This bill would protect individuals against civil arrest of any kind while attending a judicial proceeding in a courthouse.

I support the underlying intent of this measure, but I am concerned that it may have unintended consequences. Last year I signed SB 54 (De Leon), a provision of which tasked the Attorney General with publishing model policies limiting assistance with immigration enforcement to the fullest extent possible at courthouses and other public facilities to ensure that they remain safe and accessible to all California residents, regardless of immigration status. I believe the prudent path is to allow for that guidance to be released before enacting new laws in this area.


Edmund G. Brown Jr.