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AB-990 Prisons: inmate visitation.(2021-2022)

Senate:
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Cmt
2nd
3rd
Pass
Assembly:
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Cmt
2nd
Cmt
2nd
3rd
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Pass
Veto
Bill Status
AB-990
Santiago (A)
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Kalra (A) , Kamlager (S) , Lee (A) , Quirk (A) , Skinner (S) , Stone (A)
Prisons: inmate visitation.
03/21/21
An act to amend Sections 2600, 2601, and 6400 of, and to add Section 6401 to, the Penal Code, relating to prisoners.
Assembly
09/10/21
08/26/21

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
10/06/21 Vetoed by Governor.
09/15/21 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 5 p.m.
09/08/21 Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 50. Noes 16.).
09/02/21 In Assembly. Concurrence in Senate amendments pending. May be considered on or after September 4 pursuant to Assembly Rule 77.
09/02/21 Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Assembly. (Ayes 29. Noes 10.).
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Assembly:

I am returning Assembly Bill 990 without my signature.

This bill would establish the right of visitation as a protected civil right for people that are incarcerated, change the standard of review for when a custodial authority seeks to limit the civil rights of incarcerated individuals, and restrict the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation's (CDCR's) power to deny a person visitation rights.

My Administration has made it a priority to reform our state's rehabilitation processes, including visitation rights. In fact, this year's budget added a third day of weekly in-person visitation at all CDCR institutions and included funding to provide visitors with free transportation on select days throughout the year to all prisons. While I am in strong support of expanding and increasing visitation opportunities, the heightened standard in this legislation is likely to result in extensive and costly litigation from individuals denied visitation for what may be valid and serious safety and security concerns. I urge the author to work with CDCR to find a solution that expands access to visitation in a manner that protects all parties.


Sincerely,





Gavin Newsom