Sunday Apr 02, 2023

Legislative Letters – Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office


California Legislation 

Access to Justice

AB 2520 would create an Office of Access to Justice in the California DOJ to increase the availability of meaningful access to justice programs for all Californians.


Catalytic Converters

AB 2407 would require a core recycler who accepts a catalytic converter for recycling to report specified information about any transaction involving the sale/purchase of a catalytic converter to their local police or sheriff’s department. AB 2407 would also require a core recycler to obtain a thumbprint of the seller and to preserve the thumbprint in hard copy or electronic format for a period of two years after the date of sale.

SB 986 would close two legal loopholes in the effort to combat catalytic converter thefts by requiring car dealers to mark the catalytic converter of a vehicle with its VIN prior to selling the vehicle and by strengthening the record-keeping requirements of core recyclers who buy and sell used catalytic converters.



AB 1737 would add the term “children’s camp” to the Health and Safety Code and define the term as “a camp that offers daytime or overnight experiences administered by adults who provide social, cultural, educational, recreational, or artistic programming to more than five children between 3 and 17 years of age for five days or longer during at least one season.”  While overnight camps are regulated to some degree in California, child day camps are not. Under state law, a camp is defined as a site established for the primary purpose of providing an outdoor group living experience for five days or more during one or more seasons of the year, which crucially leaves out day camps. California heavily regulates child day care centers where children enjoy low-risk activities like finger painting or sing-alongs but provide little to no regulation for day camps that provide a variety of high-risk activities. 

AB 2654 would reconvene the State Child Death Review Council by removing the requirement that funds are appropriated for it in the Budget Act in order to be operative. Read the fact sheet.


Controlled Substances

AB 1598 would exclude any testing equipment that is designed, marketed, used, or intended to be used, to analyze for the presence of fentanyl or any analog of fentanyl, ketamine, or gamma hydroxybutyric acid from the definition of drug paraphernalia.

AB 1706 would require the court to resentence, redesignate, or dismiss specified cannabis-related convictions as authorized by Proposition 64, the Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act, on or before March 1, 2023. 



AB 2023 would provide that a person incarcerated in, or recently released from, a county jail shall have access to up to three free telephone calls to plan for a safe and successful release.

AB 2730 would establish the California Antirecidivism and Public Safety Act which requires the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to establish a pilot program to provide opportunities for job training and work experience to individuals during their last two years of incarceration. The primary purpose is to provide opportunities for job training and work experience to individuals …….


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