AB 3089

  • California Assembly Bill
  • 2023-2024 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Assembly
  • Assembly
  • Senate
  • Governor

Chattel slavery: formal apology.


Previously existing law established, until July 1, 2023, the Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans, with a Special Consideration for African Americans Who are Descendants of Persons Enslaved in the United States. Previously existing law required the Task Force to, among other things, identify, compile, and synthesize the relevant corpus of evidentiary documentation of the institution of slavery that existed within the United States and the colonies that became the United States, as specified, and to recommend appropriate remedies in consideration of the Task Force's findings, as specified. Previously existing law required the Task Force to submit a written report of its findings and recommendations to the Legislature, as specified. This bill would provide that the State of California recognizes and accepts responsibility for all of the harms and atrocities committed by the state, its representatives thereof, and entities under its jurisdiction who promoted, facilitated, enforced, and permitted the institution of chattel slavery and the enduring legacy of ongoing badges and incidents from which the systemic structures of discrimination have come to exist. The bill would further provide that the State of California apologize for perpetuating the harms African Americans have faced and affirms its role in protecting the descendants of enslaved people and all Black Californians. The bill would require a plaque memorializing this apology to be publicly and conspicuously installed and maintained in the State Capitol Building. The bill would require the Legislature to prepare the formal apology and would request it be signed by specified state leaders. Additionally, the bill would require the Secretary of State to submit a final copy of this formal apology to the State Archives, where it would be available for viewing by the general public in perpetuity. The bill would include related legislative findings.

Bill Sponsors (13)



Apr 16, 2024


From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 10. Noes 0.) (April 16). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

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


Coauthors revised.

Apr 03, 2024


Re-referred to Com. on JUD.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on JUD.

Apr 02, 2024


In committee: Set, first hearing. Hearing canceled at the request of author.


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

Mar 21, 2024


In committee: Hearing postponed by committee.

Mar 11, 2024


Referred to Com. on JUD.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on JUD.

Feb 17, 2024


From printer. May be heard in committee March 18.

Feb 16, 2024


Read first time. To print.

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
02/16/24 - Introduced PDF
04/02/24 - Amended Assembly PDF

Related Documents

Document Format
04/12/24- Assembly Judiciary PDF


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