AB 1888

  • California Assembly Bill
  • 2023-2024 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Assembly
  • Passed Assembly May 22, 2024
  • Senate
  • Governor

Department of Justice: Labor Trafficking Unit.

Abstract

Existing law establishes the Attorney General as the head of the Department of Justice, with charge of all legal matters in which the state is interested, except as specified. Existing law requires the Attorney General, whenever they deem it advisable or necessary in the public interest, or when directed to do so by the Governor, to assist any district attorney in the discharge of the district attorney's duties, and authorizes them to take full charge of any investigation or prosecution of violations of law, as specified. This bill would establish within the Department of Justice the Labor Trafficking Unit, and would require the unit to be the centralized enforcement, referral, and investigative unit to combat labor trafficking and to coordinate with the Labor Enforcement Task Force, other specified task forces, and the Civil Rights Department. The bill would require the unit to receive, investigate, and process complaints alleging labor trafficking and take steps to prevent labor trafficking. The bill would require the unit to follow protocols to ensure survivors of labor trafficking are not further victimized by the process of reporting, investigating, or prosecuting labor traffickers and are informed of the services available to them. The bill would require members of the Labor Enforcement Task Force, members of the Tax Recovery in the Underground Economy Criminal Enforcement Program investigative teams, members of the Joint Enforcement Strike Force on the Underground Economy, and the Civil Rights Department to collaborate with the unit to develop policies, procedures, and protocols to track, record, and report potential labor trafficking activity. The bill would require those entities to train their investigators who are most likely to encounter labor trafficking to recognize warning signs of potential labor trafficking and to report to the unit when, upon investigating businesses under their purview, there is evidence of labor trafficking. The bill would require the unit to develop a tracking and reporting system to collect reports from those entities on labor trafficking and would require the reports to be aggregated and analyzed to identify potential complaints to be further investigated or referred for civil action or criminal prosecution, as specified, pursuant to the bill. The bill would also require the unit, beginning January 1, 2026, and until January 1, 2036, to annually submit a report to the Legislature with specified information relating to labor trafficking complaints or referrals, including the number, types, and outcomes of complaints or referrals.

Bill Sponsors (2)

Votes


Actions


May 23, 2024

Senate

In Senate. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment.

May 22, 2024

Assembly

Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Senate. (Ayes 70. Noes 0.)

May 21, 2024

Assembly

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

May 20, 2024

Assembly

Read second time and amended. Ordered returned to second reading.

Assembly

From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended. (Ayes 11. Noes 0.) (May 16).

Apr 17, 2024

Assembly

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

  • Referral-Committee
suspense file.

Apr 03, 2024

Assembly

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. with recommendation: To Consent Calendar. (Ayes 8. Noes 0.) (April 2). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Committee-Passage
  • Committee-Passage-Favorable
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on APPR.

Mar 14, 2024

Assembly

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on PUB. S. with recommendation: To Consent Calendar. (Ayes 7. Noes 0.) (March 13). Re-referred to Com. on PUB. S.

  • Committee-Passage
  • Committee-Passage-Favorable
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on PUB. S.

Mar 06, 2024

Assembly

Re-referred to Com. on L. & E.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on L. & E.

Mar 04, 2024

Assembly

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

Feb 05, 2024

Assembly

Referred to Coms. on L. & E. and PUB. S.

  • Referral-Committee
Coms. on L. & E. and PUB. S.

Jan 23, 2024

Assembly

From printer. May be heard in committee February 22.

Jan 22, 2024

Assembly

Read first time. To print.

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
AB1888 HTML
01/22/24 - Introduced PDF
03/04/24 - Amended Assembly PDF
05/20/24 - Amended Assembly PDF

Related Documents

Document Format
03/11/24- Assembly Labor and Employment PDF
04/01/24- Assembly Public Safety PDF
04/15/24- Assembly Appropriations PDF
05/21/24- ASSEMBLY FLOOR ANALYSIS PDF

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