Legislative Advocacy

Youth ALIVE! advocates for sensible policies that reduce gun, gang, family and dating violence and that promote justice and equity for communities disproportionately affected by violence.

Current Legislation

Youth ALIVE! knows that in order to achieve our goals of a safe, equitable, and just community, we need to change the conditions we live in. This is why Youth ALIVE! strongly supported the following bills in 2020.

You can submit a letter to support or oppose these policies, too!

  • Co-Sponsor AB 767: Makes victims of police violence eligible for Victim Compensation. Expands eligibility for the Victim Compensation Program by making requirements more trauma-informed to better support the healing of trauma survivors.  You can read this AB 767 Fact Sheet to learn more about the bill. Status: This bill is no longer moving forward.
  • Co-Sponsor AB 2649: Prioritizes the needs of the families of homicide victims by certifying that families cannot be denied financial assistance for burying their loved ones based on the actions of the deceased. Status: This bill is no longer moving forward.
  • Support AB 2992: Provides leave time and unemployment benefits for victims of violent crime.
  • Support AB 2617: Allows the state to enforce out-of-state Gun Violence Restraining Orders (GVROs)
  • Support AB 2054: Creates a pilot program to support community-based emergency services
  • Support AB 2425: Ensures record privacy of youth who have interacted with the juvenile justice system.
  • Support AB 2847: Improves California’s law on firearm microstamping – allowing better tracing of firearms used in violent crimes.
  • Support SB 1190: Would allow victims of violent crime and their family members to break a lease without penalties.
  • Oppose AB 2532: Would authorize District Attorneys to represent law enforcement in proceedings related to Gun Violence Restraining Orders (GVRO). By greatly expanding the GVRO law, this bill could open the law for potential abuse with no protections for communities disproportionately impacted by the criminal justice system.
  • Support AB 1007: Reinvests Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act funding back into community-based services and calls for greater community representation on stakeholder boards.
  • Support AB 1196: Prohibits law enforcement from authorizing the use of chokeholds and other techniques involves significant risk of asphyxiation.
  • Support SB 731: Creates a mechanism for the state to decertify police officers based on misconduct.
  • Support SB 1290: Ends the collection of juvenile justice fees, which stopped being imposed in 2018.

Past Legislation


  • Support AB 166: Provides Medi-Cal coverage for services provided by Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs like Caught in the Crossfire and other members of the Health Alliance for Violence Intervention. Read the fact sheet for more information. Status: Vetoed by the Governor.
  • Support AB 1603: Funds the California Violence Intervention and Prevention Grant Program. You can also read our Coalition support letterStatus: SIGNED INTO LAW!
  • Oppose AB 665: Would legalize sentencing juveniles to life without parole.
  • Support SB 284: Discourages counties from sending juveniles to the state correctional facilities (DJJ). Status: Vetoed by the Governor.
  • Support AB 392: Restricts police use of deadly force. Read the fact sheet and the comparison to SB 230 for more information. Status: SIGNED INTO LAW!
  • Oppose SB 230: Would not meaningfully address police use of deadly force. This is a distraction from real reform. Status: Signed into law.
  • Support SB 419: Eliminates Willful Defiance Suspensions. Status: SIGNED INTO LAW!
  • Support SB 394: Would allow courts to assign pre-trial diversion, instead of incarceration, for parents charged with low-level offenses. Status: SIGNED INTO LAW!
  • Support AB 18: Taxes semi-automatic weapons to fund violence intervention programs through CalVIP – the California Violence Intervention and Prevention Program.
  • Support AJR 4: Urges Congress enact HR 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act. Status: PASSED!
  • Support SB 221: Requires law enforcement to track firearm inventory and report lost or stolen firearms to DOJ. Status: Died in Committee.
  • Support AB 165: Requires the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) implement training on gun violence restraining orders (GVROs). Status: Died in Committee.
  • Support AB 879: Regulates so-called “Ghost Guns”  which are firearms made from assembling “Firearm Precursor Parts”. Status: SIGNED INTO LAW!
  • Support SB 376: Improves licensing requirements for so-called “infrequent” firearm dealers. Status: SIGNED INTO LAW!
  • Support SB 220: Requires gun dealers to take steps to prevent “crash and grab” where someone drives a car through the front of a gun store and then steals guns.
  • Support AB 656: Creates the Office of Healthy and Safe Communities which would develop and execute strategies to end cycles of violence throughout California.
  • Support AJR 5: Urges the federal government to use California as an example for firearm legislation. Status: SIGNED INTO LAW!
  • Support ACR 115: Urges banks that do business with the state of California to re-evaluate their relationships with gun manufacturers.


AB 931: This bill would protect community members by allowing law enforcement to use deadly force only when it is necessary to prevent imminent death or serious bodily injury. Status: Died in Committee.

AB 1639: This bill would prohibit CalVCB from denying an application for a claim solely because the victim or derivative victim is a person who is listed in the CalGang system or alleged by local law enforcement to be gang involved. Status: SIGNED INTO LAW!

AB 2100 (Co-Sponsor): AB 2100, a bill that Youth ALIVE! co-sponsored, supports physical and emotional recovery for Californians injured by gun or other violence, through the Crime Victims Compensation Fund, to include services provided by community violence peer counselors. If you are interested in supporting this as well please see the fact sheet and use the following template. Status: Died in Committee.

AB 3131: This bill will enhance transparency and accountability in the acquisition of military equipment in our local communities. Status: Vetoed by the Governor.

SB 1232: This bill aims to extend the time period during which young crime victims may file applications for compensation from the California Victim Compensation Board Restitution Fund. Status: SIGNED INTO LAW!

SB 1242 (Opposition): We oppose this bill, which would add arbitrary hurdles to earning parole that are unrelated to public safety. Status: Died in Committee.

SB 1391: This bill would end the transfer to adult court of children 14 and 15 years of age.  Status: SIGNED INTO LAW!

SB 1421: This bill would improve law enforcement transparency and accountability. Status: SIGNED INTO LAW!

Youth Reinvestment Fund (Support): This focuses on funding proven youth diversion programs that would keep California’s young people out of prison and give them the second chances they deserve.


AB 699 Protect Students from Overzealous Immigration Raids

AB 785 The Disarm Hate Act

AB 1008 Fair Chance Act

AB 1114 Workforce Training for the Reentry Population

AB 1402 (Opposition)

AB 1639 Victim Compensation Fund Eligibility

SB 190 Ending Juvenile Administrative Fees

SB 607 Reducing Suspensions/Expulsions for Minor Incidents

SB 941 Removing Juvenile Administrative Fees


AB 1663 Require Semi-Automatic Rifles to Have Fixed Ammunition Magazines

AB 1664 Close the Bullet Button Loophole in Assault Weapons Ban

AB 1674 Limit Firearm Purchases to One Per Month

AB 1726 Accounting for Health and Education in API Demographics Act

AB 2165 (Opposition) Undermining the Unsafe Handgun Act

AB 2160 (Support)

AB 2459 Transparent Gun Sales

AB 2607 (Support)

SB 880 Close the “Button Bullet Loophole”

SB 894 Reporting Lost/Stolen Firearms

SB 1006 UC Firearm Violence Research Center.

SB 1219 (Support)

SB 1286 Public Access to Information

SB 1322 No Such Thing as a Child Sex Worker

SB 1404 (Amend)

SB 1446 Large Capacity Ammunition Magazines Ban

SJR 20 Lift the Prohibition on Publicly Funded Research

SB 1004 (Opposition)

SB 1324 Extend Violence Peer Counselor Sunset Provision

Support for SB 1324 (Governor)

SFA Endorsements (Safety for All)

Support Flint Families Letter in Support of the Children of Flint, Michigan

Support for FEH (Fair Employment and Housing)

Open Letter to California’s Educational Leaders


AB 71 Public Safety and Law Enforcement Transparency

AB 256 Electronic Evidence

AB 329 Stable Housing for Re-entry

AB 953 Preventing the Harmful and Unjust Practice of Racial and Identity Profiling

AB 1118 Procedural Justice

AB 1140 Modernizing the California Victim Compensation Program

SB 4 Improved Health Services, Academic Support and Neighborhood Safety

SB 124 Preventing/Limiting Use of Solitary Confinement in Youth Lock-ups

SB 261 Parole Review for Young Adults with Lengthy or Life Sentences

-SB 261 Fact Sheet

SB 347 Firearms: Prohibited Persons

SB 382 Clarifying Criteria for Fitness Hearings

SB 411 Right to Record Law Enforcement

SB 527 Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Fund Education Grant Program

SB 592 Healthy Relationship and Safe Schools Act (TNT supported legislation)

SB 707 No Concealed Weapons on Campus


AB 420 Willful Defiance (TNT Youth Leaders’ support)

AB 1014 Temporary Gun Restraining Order

AB 1165 Pupil Instruction: Sexual Abuse and Sex Trafficking Prevention Education

AB 1609 Enforcement of Interstate Gun Trafficking Law

AB 1629 VOC Peer Counseling Reimbursement

AB 1756 Juvenile Record Sealing

AB 1964 Unsafe Handguns

SB 1150 Medical and Mental Health Same Day Benefits

SB 53 Ammunition Regulation

SB 1055 Public School Health Centers

SB 1396 Schoolwide Positive Behavior Intervention and Support

Minimum Wage Increase Support Letter


AB 169 Support letter to the Governor

AB 174 Services in School-Based Health Centers for Students Impacted by Trauma – Support

AB 180 Support letter to the Governor

AB 187 Ammunition Tax for Public Safety Services – Support

AB 549 Ensuring the Safety of Studnets through Positive School Climates – Support

AB 761 CalPERS/CalSTRS: Firearms Divestment – Support

AB 1131 Support letter to the Governor

SB 140 Armed Prohibited Person System Enforcement – Support

SB 140 Support letter to the Governor

SB 299 Lost or Stolen Firearms – Support

SB 374 Support letter to the Governor

SB 396 Large Capacity Ammunition Magazines Ban – Support

SB 552 Violence Awareness – Support

SB 755 Support letter to the Governor

SB 374, SB 396, SB 47, SB 567, SB 53, SB 755, SB 140, & SB 683 – Support


AB 48 Firearms, Ammunition, Sales – Support