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Law Enforcement Mutual Assistance Bill Approved

The State Senate passed Assembly Bill 713 (AB 713) on April 20th, which seeks to allow tribal law enforcement agencies to respond to requests for assistance from other law enforcement agencies.

State law currently allows law enforcement agencies to respond to a request for assistance from another law enforcement agency. Due to an attorney general ruling, this law was deemed to not apply to tribal agencies. As a result, tribal law enforcement agencies have not been allowed to respond to mutual assistance requests under this law. I have appreciated hearing from area law enforcement who have been actively involved in supporting this legislation as a means to improve public safety and provide support for officers as they respond to calls.

As a co-sponsor of AB 713, I am pleased that the bill, having already passed the State Assembly, will now go to the Governor for his signature.