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AB-927 Crimes: fines and fees: defendant’s ability to pay.(2019-2020)

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Assembly:
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Veto
Bill Status
AB-927
Jones-Sawyer (A)
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Crimes: fines and fees: defendant’s ability to pay.
03/23/19
An act to add Section 19.5 to the Penal Code, relating to crimes.
Assembly
09/13/19
08/30/19

Type of Measure
Inactive Bill - Vetoed
Majority Vote Required
Non-Appropriation
Fiscal Committee
Non-State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Urgency
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
10/09/19 Vetoed by Governor.
09/19/19 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3:30 p.m.
09/10/19 Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 63. Noes 5. Page 3237.).
09/06/19 In Assembly. Concurrence in Senate amendments pending. May be considered on or after September 8 pursuant to Assembly Rule 77.
09/05/19 Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Assembly. (Ayes 32. Noes 5. Page 2562.).
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Assembly:

I am returning Assembly Bill 927 without my signature.

This bill would prohibit a court from imposing fines, fees and assessments, without having first made a finding that the defendant has the ability to pay.

I support this bill's intent.  We must tackle the issue of burdensome fines, fees and assessments that disproportionately drag low-income individuals deeper into debt and away from full participation in their communities.  However, I do not believe that requiring a hearing on defendants' ability to pay is the best approach in every case.    

There are many ongoing conversations about how we can build a fairer criminal justice system while ensuring adequate funding for courts and victims' compensation.  I believe this issue needs to be tackled in a comprehensive manner, through the budget process, and I am committed to working with the Legislature and stakeholders on ensuring this gets done.

Sincerely,





Gavin Newsom