AB 1238 – Senate Transportation

Freedom to Walk Act

AB 1238 would have ended the unequal enforcement of jaywalking tickets, particularly in low-income communities and communities of color where these laws are unfairly enforced. This policy will promote a system that is more welcoming to pedestrians by prohibiting fines for crossing the street when no cars are present, including outside crosswalks which may be much farther apart than needed for many communities that lack adequate pedestrian infrastructure.

Author: Philip Ting

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Bill info from the legislature

Issues: Racial & Social Justice, Transportation

Not signed into Law


Passed by the Legislature But vetoed by Governor Newsom


58 yes
17 no
5 abstain


22 yes
8 no
10 abstain


Vetoed by the Governor

Legend Key

  • Pro-Environmental Action
  • Anti-Environmental Action
  • NV
    Did Not Vote on Good Bill,
    Counted Negatively
  • NV
    Did Not Vote on Bad Bill,
    Counted Positively
  • Excused Absence, Not Counted
    Positively or Negatively

AB 1238 – Senate Transportation VotesVote Date: 6/29/21