California SB-1000 Law enforcement agencies: radio communications

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California SB-1000 Law enforcement agencies: radio communications

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Becker bill to remove police radio encryption picks up support
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Senate Bill 1000, also known as the "Public Right to Police Radio Communications Act," responds to a recent trend among California's law-enforcement agencies to encrypt their radio communications since early 2021, a move that prevents journalists, citizen watchdogs and other residents from monitoring police activities.
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Upcoming Hearing:
August 3, 2022 at 9:00am (PDT)
Location: 1021 O Street, Room 1100
Committee: Appropriations

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SB-1000 Law enforcement agencies: radio communications
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Other law enforcement agencies would have until next year to find alternative to radio encryption
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Bill to stop police radio encryption passes first test
https://padailypost.com/2022/04/20/bill ... first-test

State Sen. Becker introduces bill to eliminate police radio encryption
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Local Media’s Access to Breaking News Threatened by Encrypted Police Radios
April 2, 2022
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Senate bill to limit police encryption scores another victory
Sen. Josh Becker's proposal to require police departments to open up radio communication clears Appropriations Committee
May 20, 2022
https://www.almanacnews.com/news/2022/0 ... er-victory

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Bill to restore public access to police radios passes state Senate
May 27, 2022

A bill by state Sen. Josh Becker that would require police agencies to unencrypt their radios and restore the public’s ability to listen in passed the Senate yesterday (May 26) on a 25-8 vote.
Senate Bill 1000 now heads to the Assembly, where it will go through the same process as the Senate. A public safety committee and an appropriations committee will consider it before all 80 Assembly members vote on whether to send the bill to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk.
The bill needed 21 “yes” votes to pass yesterday. It was originally on the calendar for Tuesday, but Becker said he had to make sure he had the votes. Seven Republicans and one Democrat voted no in the 40-person chamber.
https://padailypost.com/2022/05/27/bill ... te-senate/
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Senate Bill 1000: a matter of safety, not politics
May 1, 2022
https://theorion.com/91363/opinion/sena ... -politics/

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Even though the committee voted 3-2 along party lines to advance SB 1000, those who supported it suggested that the bill's proponents need to work closer with law enforcement agencies to reach a compromise.
Assembly member Reggie Jones-Sawyer, who chairs the Public Safety Committee, told Becker that his biggest challenge will probably be getting the bill out of the Appropriations Committee and resolving whether the legislation will cost millions of dollars for law enforcement to implement.
"Hopefully, you can get there, otherwise you'll have a difficult time to get out of Appropriations and get off the floor," Jones-Sawyer said.
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Just curious, how do some of you feel about the chances of this making it all the way through and possibly seeing some reversing of encryption?
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Just curious, how do some of you feel about the chances of this making it all the way through and possibly seeing some reversing of encryption?
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Dispatch needs to be in the clear, there is inquiry channel's,tactical's and the computer's to run peoples ID info.
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ScanFanEd wrote: Tue Jun 07, 2022 8:04 pm Just curious, how do some of you feel about the chances of this making it all the way through and possibly seeing some reversing of encryption?
I am a full time-time emergency manager, and we get blocked by encryption. We need to be able to monitor dispatch feeds, because events and incidents can rapidly escalate. We need to be able to deploy and manage CERT Teams, evacuations, road closures, and other issues that require live feeds. I can't depend on a cop sharing his radio with me in the Emergency Operations Center (EOC). The decision to block the public from receiving dispatch channels was done without consulting The California Emergency Manager's Association or other related County EM Associations. We need a seat at the table when these decisions are being assessed or prior to implementation. The best example was a major wildland fire in Orange County and even the Fire Department had issues with excryption. The current Fire Chief came from the city of San Diego and he concurred to unblock encryption.
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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3, 2022 9 a.m Meeting
Appropriations
HOLDEN, Chair
1021 O Street, Room 1100
BILLS HEARD IN FILE ORDER
https://www.assembly.ca.gov/dailyfile
Listen to this hearing:
https://www.assembly.ca.gov/media/1100-video/audio
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SB1000 update:
August 3 set for first hearing. Placed on suspense file.
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Update:

Cost dispute casts shadow in debate over police radio encryption bill
Analysis estimates some California agencies would need to spend more than $10M to comply with SB 1000
Aug 4, 2022

The fate of a state bill that would require police departments throughout California to remove encryption from their radio communications remained uncertain Wednesday after the Assembly Appropriations Committee deferred a decision on the contentious proposal.
Senate Bill 1000, authored by state Sen. Josh Becker, was one of dozens of legislative proposals that the powerful committee placed in its "suspense file," a list of bills that are projected to have a financial impact and that will be evaluated later in the legislative process. The bill had already been approved by the state Senate in May and the Appropriation Committee represents its last — and steepest — hurdle for the legislation.

The financial impact of Becker's bill remains heavily disputed, with proponents arguing that it would be relatively inexpensive to adopt policies that increase public access while retaining encryption for most communication and opponents arguing that it would cost millions of dollars to achieve compliance. The debate over costs and implementation is expected to be a key issue in determining whether the bill makes it out of the suspense file.

SB 1000 gives public agencies a menu of options for complying. These include using an encrypted channel to exchange confidential and personal information while leaving other communications accessible; transmitting confidential information through a mobile data terminal, tablet or other text display device; or using a telephone to share such information.
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SB1000 Update: Next hearing
August 11, 2022 at Upon adjournment of Session
Pending: Assembly Appropriations Committee
Location: 1021 O Street, Room 1100
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State bill on police radio encryption dies in committee
Assembly Appropriations Committee moves to 'hold' SB 1000, denying its passage

Aug 11, 2022

A proposal to require California law enforcement agencies to find alternatives to full encryption of radio communications fizzled on Thursday morning when the state Assembly Appropriations Committee declined to advance the bill for a full Assembly vote.

By agreeing to "hold the bill," the powerful committee effectively killed SB 1000 for this year. The legislation from state Sen. Josh Becker had cleared the state Senate in May and was on its penultimate step in the state Assembly on Thursday when it became one of dozens of bills at the committee's "suspense file" that failed to advance.

The legislation was a response to a recent decision by more than 120 law enforcement agencies to fully encrypt radio communications, a move that blocked the ability of media organizations and the general public to track police activities using a scanner. SB 1000 gave agencies until January 2024 to find alternatives, whether by de-encrypting or by creating a way to stream communications online.
Police departments across the state made the switch to encryption after the state Department of Justice issued a directive in October 2020 requiring them to either fully encrypt or to adopt policies that would protect personally identifiable information and criminal records of individuals they encounter. Palo Alto, Mountain View and Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office were among the agencies that went with full encryption.

SB 1000 faced opposition from the California State Sheriffs' Association, which argued that switching to unencrypted communications would represent "a "significant burden to agencies that went to tremendous expense to obtain new technology or have previously encrypted their communications." The Appropriations Committee's legislative analyst also concluded that some state agencies, including California State University and California State Parks, would have to spend upwards of $10 million to comply with the bill's requirements.

Despite assertions by the bill's opponents about the high costs of compliance, some agencies have had no problem complying with the DOJ mandate without breaking the bank. Last week, Palo Alto announced that it will soon de-encrypt its main channel and adopt policies for protecting personal information. Under the policy, officers would have three options when transmitting such information: using a cellphone, splitting up individual components of personally identifiable information or only transmitting a person's driver's license over the radio.

Newly appointed Police Chief Andrew Binder told the council on Monday that the switch will not entail any significant costs. He noted, however, that other agencies may face different challenges and cost constraints than Palo Alto.

"Because of the really impressive, fantastic system that Silicon Valley Regional Interoperability Authority put in years ago, because we had equipment and because the department had the foresight not to get rid of the unencrypted channel, it really eased the amount of money that we had to spend to this point," Binder said, referring to the countywide system charged with ensuring seamless communication between emergency responders from different agencies. "Realizing that Palo Alto may be unique among other agencies that may have other obstacles."

Becker had argued at prior hearings on the bill that SB 1000 would not impact law enforcement agencies fiscally or operationally. It includes provisions for encrypted communication for tactical operations, undercover operations and other communications that may place officers or the public at risk if aired through an unencrypted channel. SB 1000, he argued, is necessary to ensure transparency.
"Law enforcement can in fact protect private information without putting the public in the dark," Becker told the Assembly's Public Safety Committee in June.
The Appropriations Committee's vote Thursday means the bill will not advance for a full vote in the current session of the Legislation. Becker will have the option of bringing back the bill, potentially with revisions, next year.
In a statement after the vote, Becker said the Legislature "missed a chance to ensure police transparency & accountability."
"Without this fix, many agencies will continue to encrypt vital radio communications, cutting off almost 90 yrs of public & press access to critical public safety info," Becker posted on Twitter. "I’ll continue to fight to restore access."
https://www.paloaltoonline.com/news/202 ... -committee

Josh Becker
@SenJoshBecker
Senator.
Representing #SD13 in the California State Senate.
https://twitter.com/senjoshbecker

Josh Becker
@SenJoshBecker
#CALeg missed a chance to ensure police transparency & accountability. Without this fix, many agencies will continue to encrypt vital radio communications, cutting off almost 90 yrs of public & press access to critical public safety info. I’ll continue to fight to restore access.
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Josh Becker
@SenJoshBecker
I urge law enforcement to follow the model of the CHP and others, which implemented alternatives to full encryption.
@PaloAltoPolice
has found a way to restore access without great cost. I applaud their work and urge other departments to follow their example.
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Josh Becker
@SenJoshBecker
My thanks to
@CNPAservices
@yourcba
@RTDNA
@FACoalition
@EFF
@ACLU_CalAction
@cityofpaloalto
@Defender411
@twrling
and the dozens of First Amendment, news, social justice & open government advocates supporting #SB1000. Accessible police radio traffic = Greater public safety
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Josh Becker
@SenJoshBecker
“Open police radio communication has become the public’s ear on its law enforcement agencies.”
The latimes adds its voice to the call for #SB1000’s passage. We learn today if the bill can move forward in the Assembly.
https://twitter.com/SenJoshBecker/statu ... 4132793346
https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2 ... ons-public

Editorial: Unblock California police radio communications
https://www.mercurynews.com/2022/08/10/ ... nications/


“But suddenly in the past two years, police across California have blocked radio communications, making it impossible for journalists to monitor activity. The cops claim — falsely — that they have no other way to protect citizens’ personal and criminal information.” #SB1000
https://twitter.com/CNPAservices/status ... 9865344000

SB1000 a bill by SenJoshBecker
meant to restore public and media access to police radio communications, was just effectively killed in the Assembly Appropriations Committee. The bill had already passed in the California Senate back in May.
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Published in CITIZEN Blog
Keeping Californians and Their First Responders Safe: Pass SB1000
Citizen depends on access to real-time public safety radio channels in order to keep the over 2 million Californians who depend on us safe. In the event of a fast moving fire, earthquake, or active shooter situation, if we are not able to provide our users with the most up-to-date and quality information about whether to evacuate or shelter in place, lives could be lost. By having real-time access to these encrypted channels we are able to combat the misinformation of social media and bad actors who may want to manipulate a situation. When it comes to public safety, every second counts.
At Citizen, we have proven through our proprietary software that utilizes publicly available as well as encrypted public safety channels that access to better information leads to better outcomes.
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