California law could halt digital investigations of abortions nationwide

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Digital privacy is a huge concern in the post-Roe world, one where women’s bodies, or at least their uteruses, are increasingly considered community property in less enlightened states than California.

Women are being warned to delete their period-tracking apps, turn off our location tracking as if we are Russian spies crawling into Mar-a-Lago closets, and, gasp, pick up the phone rather than text.

California legislators are working on a clever way to help women, though — across the country, not just in our state.

Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan’s Landmark Bill to Implement 9-8-8 System Sent to the Governor’s Desk

AB 988 implements the 9-8-8 hotline to provide a mental health response, instead of law enforcement response, for phone calls relating to mental health crises

Sacramento, CA – Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan’s (D-Orinda) landmark mental health emergency crisis response legislation, AB 988, The Miles Hall Lifeline and Suicide Prevention Act, passed the California legislature with bipartisan support and is now on the Governor’s desk.

Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan’s Bill to Strengthen and Equalize Penalties For Using Symbols of Terror Heads to the Governor’s Desk

AB 2282 brings into parity penalties for burning crosses, using swastikas, and nooses while expanding locations to which the law can be applied

Sacramento, CA – Today, the California State Senate passed Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan’s (D-Orinda) AB 2282 with a vote of 38-0, which equalizes penalties for using three symbols commonly utilized to terrorize minority groups. The bill now heads to Governor Newsom’s desk.

Bill Targeting Illegal Dumping sent to Governor Newsom

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Assembly Bill 2374 by Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan (D-Orinda) passed the Senate and was sent to Governor Gavin Newsom for his consideration. AB 2374 strengthens fines against those caught illegally dumping garbage and waste, provides judges with flexibility to add penalties against the violator, and creates accessible public information for consumers regarding which companies are acting illegally.

Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan’s Bill Targeting Illegal Dumping sent to Governor Newsom

AB 2374 increases fines and adds teeth to state law on illegal dumping

Today, Assembly Bill 2374 by Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan (D-Orinda) passed the Senate and was sent to Governor Gavin Newsom for his consideration.  AB 2374 strengthens fines against those caught illegally dumping garbage and waste, provides judges with flexibility to add penalties against the violator, and creates accessible public information for consumers regarding whic

What California Can – and can’t – do on abortion

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A relatively new bill by Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (D-Orinda), AB 1242, added in June, would prohibit the arrest in California of anyone involved in providing or accessing an abortion. It would prohibit law enforcement in California from cooperating with out-of-state abortion investigations. Bauer-Kahan also authored AB 1666, which protects Californians from civil judgments based on laws in other states that are hostile to abortion rights. That went into immediate effect after the governor signed it in June.