California will develop detailed proposals for granting reparations to Black Americans under a new law.
The legislation, which was authored by Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, a Democrat representing San Diego who is chair of California's Legislative Black Caucus, does not commit to any specific payment. Instead, it establishes a nine-person task force that will study the impact of slavery on Black people in California and recommend to the Legislature what kind of compensation should be provided, who should receive it and what form it will take.
Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the law on Wednesday.
The task force must give its recommendations to the state Legislature one year after its first meeting.
The law would not limit the reparations to slavery.
But it does require the task force to give special consideration for black people who are descendants of slaves.
Similar proposals have been introduced in Congress for decades but have never passed.