AB 57

  • California Assembly Bill
  • 2021-2022 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Assembly
  • Assembly
  • Senate
  • Governor

Law enforcement: hate crimes.


Existing law defines a "hate crime" as a criminal act committed, in whole or in part, because of actual or perceived characteristics of the victim, including, among other things, race, religion, disability, and sexual orientation. Existing law requires the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) to develop guidelines and a course of instruction and training for law enforcement officers addressing hate crimes. Existing law requires state law enforcement agencies to adopt a framework or other formal policy created by POST regarding hate crimes. Existing law also requires, subject to the availability of adequate funding, the Attorney General to direct local law enforcement agencies to report specified information relative to hate crimes to the Department of Justice. This bill would require the department to carry out various duties relating to documenting and responding to hate crimes, including conducting reviews of all law enforcement agencies every 3 years to evaluate the accuracy of hate crime data provided and agencies' hate crime policies, implementing a school-based program in conjunction with school districts and local law enforcement agencies aimed at educating students regarding how to report all suspected hate crimes to prevent future hate crimes, submitting specified hate crime reports to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for inclusion in the national crime repository for crime data, and sending advisory notices to law enforcement agencies when the department determines that hate crimes are being committed in multiple jurisdictions. The bill would also include a statement of legislative findings and declarations. This bill would additionally require the basic course curriculum on the topic of hate crimes to be developed in consultation with subject matter experts, as specified, and to include the viewing of a specified video course developed by POST. The bill would also require POST to make the video available via the online learning portal, and would require all peace officers to view the video no later than January 1, 2023. The bill would require POST to develop and periodically update an interactive refresher course on hate crimes for in-service peace officers, and require officers to take the course every 3 years.

Bill Sponsors (20)



Apr 14, 2021


In committee: Set, first hearing. Referred to suspense file.

  • Referral-Committee
suspense file.

Mar 26, 2021


Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on APPR.

Mar 25, 2021


Read second time and amended.

Mar 24, 2021


From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on APPR. with recommendation: To Consent Calendar. (Ayes 8. Noes 0.) (March 23).

Mar 01, 2021


Re-referred to Com. on PUB. S.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on PUB. S.

Feb 25, 2021


From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to Com. on PUB. S. Read second time and amended.


Referred to Com. on PUB. S.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on PUB. S.

Dec 08, 2020


From printer. May be heard in committee January 7.

Dec 07, 2020


Read first time. To print.

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
12/07/20 - Introduced PDF
02/25/21 - Amended Assembly PDF
03/25/21 - Amended Assembly PDF

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