California SB 1464 last updated 4/2/2022
SB 1464, as introduced, Pan. Law enforcement: public health orders.
How SB 1464 changes existing law:
Currently the law states, "Existing law authorizes each peace officer of every political subdivision of the county to enforce within the area subject to their jurisdiction all orders of the State Department of Public Health or of the local health officer issued for the purpose of preventing the spread of any contagious, infectious, or communicable disease."
Current law uses the term "may enforce" but SB 1464 changes that to "shall enforce" so instead of granting permission to a sheriff to enforce all orders of the local health officer, the sheriff is now being forced to do so. If the sheriff is not willing to do so, SB 1464 states, "...no state funds shall be provided to any law enforcement agency that publicly announces that they will oppose, or adopts a policy to oppose, a public health order."
There are two vital questions to ask. First: Who does the sheriff work for, the people or the government? Second: Are the government health care decisions what we all are to submit to or are we, as individuals, allowed to seek a second opinion?
It is important to remember that our Founding Fathers feared a tyrannical government. Sheriffs were, and are, the highest law enforcement officer in a county. They were, and are, elected by the people, not hired or appointed by the state. So, the sheriff is the law enforcement servant of the county's people. SB 1464 changes that and makes the sheriff a servant of the government, a tool to be used by them to force their will on the people.
But you say this is only talking about enforcing health orders, Again the question is, " who is in charge? The government or the people? Under current law the government has the right to issue health orders and to ask the county sheriff for help in enforcing these health orders. Under current law a sheriff can decide to help, or not to help, with enforcing the health order. However, with SB 1464, by changing "may" to "shall," what was before a request for help is now a command to help. And by the state withholding funding for those sheriffs who refuse to help, they are strongly coerced into enforcing a health mandate that they might not agree with.
A few county health officials were frustrated during parts of the last two years because some sheriffs would not enforce their lock down and mask mandates on businesses such as barbershops, gyms and churches. But did government mandated lock downs and mandatory mask wearing make a difference? Were lock downs and masks the solution? Actually, those states who had total lock downs were not much different in rates of COVID infection and COVID related deaths than those who didn't.
Michigan with total lock downs has had 3518 deaths per one million population.
Florida with next to no lock downs has had 3324 deaths per million.
New York with total lock downs has had 3502 deaths per million.
So, government mandated lock downs totally disrupted our lives and cost trillions in new government debt, but for what?
SB 1464 allows the government to take control of sheriffs. Sheriffs should work for the people not the government. SB 1464 could also lead to the government health solution being the only allowed option. We should be allowed to seek a second opinion concerning our health care and not be forced into a single choice dictated to us by our government.
Vote no on SB 1464.
Contact bill author:
Senator Richard Pan
1021 0 Street, Suite 7320
Sacramento, CA 95814-4900
Phone: 916 651 4006
For those in Hemet and San Jacinto, Senator Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh is our state senator. Her contact information is below. Not sure who your state senator is? Click here.
Senator Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh
1021 O Street, Suite 7220
Sacramento, CA 95814-4900