Malia Cohen

Malia M. Cohen

Chair, Board of Equalization, 2nd District

News Release
For Immediate Release
August 19, 2019

NR 19-04
Contact: 916-445-4081

Board of Equalization Chair Malia M. Cohen Statement on the Signing of AB 392 – The California Act to Save Lives

Sacramento – The Honorable Malia M. Cohen, Chair of the California State Board of Equalization, issued the following statement upon Governor Newsom's signing today of AB 392 (Weber) The California Act to Save Lives.

“With persistence and exceptional legislative skill, Assemblymember Shirley Weber shepherded the passage of AB 392, landmark legislation to limit the use of deadly force only when necessary to prevent imminent death or serious bodily injury.

AB 392 sets a reasonable standard that absolutely will save lives, and ensures that the sworn peace officers who serve our communities employ sensible judgement and reasonable restraint when engaging with the public.

Hopefully, Dr. Weber's California Act to Save Lives will serve to unify all who believe that taking steps to preserve life is always superior to the tragic history of “shoot first and justify later.”

As an African American, let me proudly say that we and our families are all in Dr. Weber's debt.”


Malia M. Cohen is the Chair of the California State Board of Equalization representing nearly 10 million constituents residing in 23 counties in Northern and Central California, extending from Del Norte County in the north to Santa Barbara County in the south. Chair Cohen is the youngest Constitutional Officer serving in California.

The Board of Equalization is California's statewide elected tax board. Its five members include four members elected in districts, and the State Controller. Under its constitutional mandate, the BOE oversees the assessment practices of the state's 58 county assessors, who are charged with establishing values for approximately 13.6 million assessments each year. In addition, the BOE assesses the property of regulated railroads and specific public utilities, and is responsible for the alcoholic beverage tax and tax on insurers.

Note: This news release may discuss complex tax laws and concepts. It may not address every situation and is not considered written advice. Changes in law or regulations may have occurred since the time this news release was written. If there is a conflict between the text of this news release and the law, decisions will be based upon the law and not this news release.