California Governor Gavin Newsom Signs Momentous Legislation to Advance Racial Justice

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Sacramento, CA – California Governor Gavin Newsom just signed Assembly Bill (AB) 3121, making California the first state in the nation to implement a law to study and create proposals on reparations for slavery through a California task force. Governor Newsom also signed AB 3070 into law to prohibit the removal of a prospective juror based on their race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, or religion. Both AB 3121 and AB 3070 were introduced by California State Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego). 

In addition to AB 3121 and AB 3070, Governor Newsom also signed AB 2542 and AB 979. AB 2542, by California State Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San Jose), will prohibit the use of race, ethnicity or national origin to seek or obtain convictions or impose sentences. AB 979, by Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena), will require corporate Boards of Directors to include members from underrepresented communities. 

APAPA members, under Buck Gee’s leadership, were a part of this effort on behalf of AB 979. 

APAPA applauds Governor Newsom and his administration’s leadership, dedication, and commitment to advancing racial and social equity.

To read the Governor’s Press Release, please visit: https://www.gov.ca.gov/2020/09/30/governor-newsom-signs-landmark-legislation-to-advance-racial-justice-and-californias-fight-against-systemic-racism-bias-in-our-legal-system/

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