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SB-555 Jails and juvenile facilities: communications, information, and commissary services: contracts.(2019-2020)

Senate:
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Cmt
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Veto
Assembly:
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Bill Status
SB-555
Mitchell (S)
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Medina (A) , Wicks (A)
Jails and juvenile facilities: communications, information, and commissary services: contracts.
03/27/19
An act to amend Section 4025 of, and to add Section 4025.1 to, the Penal Code, relating to detention facilities.
Senate
09/03/20
08/24/20

Type of Measure
Active Bill - In Floor Process
Majority Vote Required
Non-Appropriation
Fiscal Committee
Non-State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Urgency
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
11/30/20 Last day to consider Governor's veto pursuant to Joint Rule 58.5.
09/30/20 In Senate. Consideration of Governor's veto pending.
09/30/20 Vetoed by the Governor.
09/09/20 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3 p.m.
08/30/20 Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 32. Noes 6.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling.
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Senate:

I am returning Senate Bill 555 without my signature.

This bill would limit the amount that a county jail can charge for items in the jail canteen and the per minute rate that can be charged for phone calls and video communications. It would also prohibit commission provisions in telephone and communications service contracts and would require such telephone and communication service contracts to be negotiated and awarded to the lowest cost provider.

While I strongly support the goals of this bill - reducing the financial stress that families of those in jail face and supporting the ability of those incarcerated to remain in contact with their families - I cannot support this bill in its current form. I am concerned it will have the unintended consequence of reducing important rehabilitative and educational programming for individuals in custody. I am committed to working with the Legislature and stakeholders to address this issue in the next legislative session in a manner that mitigates impacts on programming.

Sincerely,





Gavin Newsom