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AB-2405 Right to safe, decent, and affordable housing.(2019-2020)

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Assembly:
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Veto
Bill Status
AB-2405
Burke (A) , Chiu (A) , Gonzalez (A)
Wiener (S)
Aguiar-Curry (A) , Arambula (A) , Bonta (A) , Carrillo (A) , Flora (A) , Eduardo Garcia (A) , Gipson (A) , Lena Gonzalez (S) , Irwin (A) , Jones-Sawyer (A) , Low (A) , McCarty (A) , Quirk-Silva (A) , Luz Rivas (A) , Santiago (A) , Wicks (A)
Right to safe, decent, and affordable housing.
03/20/20
An act to add Section 8258.1 to the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to housing.
Assembly
09/01/20
08/20/20

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
09/28/20 Vetoed by Governor.
09/11/20 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3 p.m.
08/30/20 Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 64. Noes 8. Page 5367.).
08/29/20 In Assembly. Concurrence in Senate amendments pending.
08/29/20 Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Assembly. (Ayes 30. Noes 8. Page 4437.).
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Assembly:

I am returning Assembly Bill 2405 without my signature.

This bill would declare a state policy that every individual in California has the right to safe, decent, and affordable housing. The bill would also require state departments and agencies to consider this policy when revising or adopting policies, regulations, and grant criteria.

This is a laudable goal that I share, and undoubtedly, California must continue to do more to address homelessness. Regrettably, however, I cannot support this bill considering the cost implications of such a policy, estimated at over $10 billion annually.

Moreover, I have always maintained that our efforts must come with greater accountability and better results. Although well-intentioned, this bill is duplicative of existing efforts and may ultimately force us to expend resources without commensurately creating new housing or services for people experiencing homelessness.

I am committed to working with the Legislature and local government partners on a detailed strategy to improve behavioral health outcomes and increase housing opportunities for people experiencing homelessness. To make progress, we need more than policy goals. We need tangible funding strategies and legal requirements - this means challenging accepted norms and rejecting the status quo and identifying necessary revenues.

Sincerely,





Gavin Newsom