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AB-3115 Jails: voter education program.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 06/18/2018 02:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  June 18, 2018
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 30, 2018
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 19, 2018

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 3115


Introduced by Assembly Member Gipson

February 16, 2018


An act to add Section 4033 to the Penal Code, relating to county jails.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 3115, as amended, Gipson. Jails: voter education program.
Under existing law a person is entitled to register to vote if he or she is a United State citizen, a resident of California, not imprisoned or on parole for the conviction of a felony, and at least 18 years of age at the time of the next election. Existing law, for purposes of determining who is entitled to register to vote, defines imprisoned as currently serving a state or federal prison sentence.
This bill would require each county jail to allow at least one organization to provide a voter education program in the county jail. The bill would require that the program include, but not be limited to, providing both written and verbal information about voting rights upon release from jail, providing affidavits of registration to eligible voters, assisting eligible voters with the completion of the affidavits of registration, and assisting eligible voters in returning the completed voter registration cards to the county elections official. By imposing new duties on county jail officials, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: YES  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 4033 is added to the Penal Code, to read:

4033.
 (a) Each county jail shall allow at least one organization to provide a voter education program in the county jail. The program shall include, but not be limited to, providing both written and verbal information about voting rights upon release from jail, providing affidavits of registration to eligible voters, assisting eligible voters with the completion of the affidavits of registration, and assisting eligible voters in returning the completed voter registration cards to the county elections official.
(b) This section shall not be construed to compromise the existing security protocols of a jail facility or to require admittance by organizational personnel deemed to be a safety risk. facility.

SEC. 2.

 If the Commission on State Mandates determines that this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.