State of Cailfornia AB 3121 – Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans

Committee of Jurisdiction: Law, Justice, and Ethics


Existing law requests the Regents of the University of California to assemble a colloquium of scholars to draft a research proposal to analyze the economic benefits of slavery that accrued to owners and the businesses, including insurance companies and their subsidiaries, that received those benefits, and to make recommendations to the Legislature regarding those findings.

Existing law requires the Insurance Commissioner to request and obtain information from insurers licensed and doing business in this state regarding any records of slaveholder insurance policies issued by any predecessor corporation during the slavery era. Existing law requires insurers to research and report to the commissioner on insurance policies that provided coverage for injury to, or death of, enslaved people. This bill would establish 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, consisting of 9 members, appointed as provided. The bill would require 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. The bill would require the Task Force to recommend, among other things, the form of compensation that should be awarded, the instrumentalities through which it should be awarded, and who should be eligible for this compensation. The bill would require the Task Force to submit a written report of its findings and recommendations to the Legislature. The bill would authorize reimbursement of the members’ expenses only to the extent an appropriation therefor is made in the Budget Act. The bill would state that any state level reparations authorized under these provisions are not to be considered a replacement for any reparations enacted at the federal level. The bill would repeal these provisions on July 1, 2023.

State Action

NBCSL members Assembly woman Shirley Weber (CA) and Sen. Steven Bradford (CA) co-authored the bill.


State of California AB 3121 ,

The bill establishs a task force that will be required to give special considerations to Black Americans who descended from slaves, though not all reparations need to be related to slavery.

AB 3121 - CA Bill on Reparation NBCSL Member Sponsors: Assembly woman Shirley Weber (CA) and Senator Steven Bradford (CA)

Summary:  A Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans.

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