CalChamber-Supported Bills Target Retail Crime

California Attorney General Rob Bonta speaks at the Californians Together Against Retail Crime press conference on April 9, 2024. To his right are Assemblymember Rick Chavez Zbur, CalChamber President and CEO Jennifer Barrera and Assembly Speaker Robert Rivas.

Assembly Speaker Robert Rivas was joined by state legislators, CalChamber President and CEO Jennifer Barrera, and California Retailers Association President and CEO Rachel Michelin yesterday as he unveiled a package of bipartisan legislation to target retail theft.

At the press conference, Barrera commended the bipartisan effort, remarking that the proposals will give law enforcement the tools they need to address retail crime in a swift and effective manner.

“We know that this retail theft and organized retail crime is impacting our communities, it is hurting our small businesses, it is hurting our brick-and-mortar stores that are having to create new security measures that are costly and also change the customer experience,” she said. “We know that our customers are feeling unsafe, whether they witness the crimes in person or whether they are seeing them on TV, it does create a level of safety concerns for our customers, and we need to change that direction.”

Bills Targeting Retail Crime

The bills in the package supported by the CalChamber include:

The provisions of some of these bills are still being worked on, and the CalChamber looks forward to developing them further with the bills’ authors as we seek to advance all possible solutions.

Staff Contact: Brenda Bass