Legislators Shouldn’t Shut Down Ways to Help Californians Get Legal Help

(Originally published by CalMatters on August 3, 2022) 

David Freeman Engstrom and Lucy Ricca

The end of another legislative session in Sacramento is an opportunity to reflect on questions many are asking these days: How well is our democracy working? When we elect representatives, do they pass laws that help us solve our problems?

Though we are relative newcomers to how Sacramento works, our experience on an important issue facing Californians — access to justice — raises concerns. There is still time for judiciary committee chairs Assemblymember Mark Stone and state Sen. Tom Umberg to fix a troubling bill.

Assembly Bill 2958 would harm, not help, Californians.

(Continue reading the opinion essay on CalMatters’ page here.)