The measure, AB2623, would, if passed into law, develop a policy for arming state hospital police officers. This is only slightly different from the current law, which allows the department to determine when and how to arm the 800 officers. So far, they just don’t. The bill will not really compel the department to do anything other than develop a policy. That policy can still say NO, it will just be harder to justify.
Clicking here will link to a pretty decent State Workers Blog piece on this story, complete with some bill language.