AB 742 Would Ban the Practical Use of Police K-9s While Contacting Suspects During Arrests

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Juan Alanis, the Vice Chair for the Assembly Committee on Public Safety, strongly condemned the passing of AB 742 (Jackson-D) yesterday out of the Public Safety Committee on a party line vote. 

“I was very disappointed by the result of the vote,” said Assemblymember Alanis. “AB 742 takes yet another important tool away from law enforcement to do their jobs. This bill makes everyone and every community less safe in California.”

Assemblymember Alanis, who has nearly three decades of experience as a peace officer, joined his colleague, Assemblymember Tom Lackey, as the only other opposing vote in committee yesterday. Assemblymember Lackey is a retired career California Highway Patrol Officer.

“It’s disappointing our colleagues in the majority did not take advantage of the vast amount of practical experience Mr. Lackey and I have,” added Assemblymember Alanis. “I sincerely fear the unintended consequences of this bill will lead to law enforcement having to use a higher level of force because it takes away yet another less lethal option for use of force.”


Assemblymember Juan Alanis represents the 22nd Assembly District, which includes the communities of Modesto, Turlock, Ceres, Denair, Patterson, Gustine, Newman, Hilmar, Ballico, Snelling, Keyes, Grayson, Crows Landing, Diablo Grande, Stevinson, & Empire.