Joe Surges, State Legislative Representative
Legislation has a direct effect on the jobs we perform daily in law enforcement. It is important to keep yourself aware of these changes. To learn more, our CLEARS Legislative Representative is working hard to keep the members of our organization on top of the daily events.
But that's not all our legislative teams can do. A single letter of recommendation to the CLEARS State Executive Board recommending legislation changes in any area of law enforcement records can make a difference for everyone. Your effort in taking a moment to draft a letter and participating in the efforts to change help legislators could have a positive impact in the future development of your position or the future records personnel in California. Be sure to contact your Chapter legislation representatives or the State CLEARS Legislative Representative today.
Nick Warner, CLEARS Lobbyist - Warner, Pank, Salzillo and Sanchez, LLC
Hired by CLEARS in 2002 to track issues relating to law enforcement records issues as well as other issues that directly affect records personnel, Warner, Pank, Salzillo and Sanchez, LLC effectively influences public policy for the spectrum of public sector issues. Specializing in law enforcement and public safety issues, the firm also effectively handles workers' compensation issues, juvenile justice, courts, law enforcement, labor-management, technology, financial abuse and privacy rights issues to name a few.
The firm also provides consulting services on ballot initiative campaigns and grant writing. Warner & Pank, LLC has and will continue to seek strategic alliances with other firms to ensure their clients always get the best guidance, the highest level access and the best results from their business with the State of California.
CLEARS Legislative Successes
CLEARS was successful in the Governor vetoing SB 1425 and AB 1987 which would have made big changes to the retirement benefits currently being received. In a letter to the State Senate, the Governor wrote...
"To the Members of the California State Senate:
I am returning Senate Bill 1425 without my signature. The enactment of this bill is contingent upon the enactment of Assembly Bill (AB) 1987 (Ma). I am vetoting AB 1987 because it doesn not provide real pension reform. I am still hopeful that the Legislature will pass an acceptable bill that really addresses California's pension problem. For this reason, I am unable to sign this bill." ~
CLEARS was legislatively successful in the vetoing of a bill that would have required agencies to report on how many untested rape kits were being maintained each year by agencies which would have placed a financial burden on local agencies...the Governor agreed. This bill had been supported by victim's rights groups but was opposed by law enforcement, led by CLEARS. LE would have supported this bill had funding been included with the proposal but it was represented as an unfunded mandate.