SB10 (California Bail Reform Law) Update: Veto Referendum Successful

SB10, California’s Money Bail Reform Law, would have effectively eliminated the commercial bail system from the criminal justice system.  A united group of opponents to the law banded together to launch an effective effort to obtain enough signatures to stop the implementation of the bill in October 2019.  According to the Secretary of State, Alex Padilla, the referendum was successful in obtaining enough valid signatures to take the matter to California voters in 2020. 

The law is put on hold until November 2020 when voters will decide if it should be approved.  Voters will have the ability to overturn the law.  The bill came under fire after last minute amendments were made.  The lack of transparency concerned human rights groups, bail industry advocates and law enforcement agencies that opposed its passage.  The system slated to replace California’s bail system was murky at best.  Many questions remain as to how the system will work and how it will remain funded. 

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According to the Secretary of State’s Press Release: “A referendum can qualify via random sampling of petition signatures if the sampling projects a number of valid signatures greater than 110 percent of the required number.”


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