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PUBLIC POLICY UPDATE
Friday, June 28, 2013
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The California Partnership to End Domestic Violence believes that by sharing expertise,

advocates and legislators can end domestic violence. Every day we inspire, inform and

connect all of those working on this issue, because together we're stronger.

CALIFORNIA UPDATE
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Domestic Violence Mandates

As we told you earlier this week, a state budget trailer bill that was signed into law yesterday removed several mandates on law enforcement's response to domestic violence.  The Partnership, along with crime victim advocacy groups and several District Attorneys, submitted letters expressing our strong concern with this change.  And today, we have good news to report!  A pending bill, AB 81, has been amended to restore these mandates, maintaining the same language that has been in place for all these years.  This bill is working its way through the legislative process and the Partnership will be tracking it closely.  We appreciate everyone who submitted letters to make your voices heard on this issue, and the work of the Legislature to maintain the mandate language. 

FEDERAL UPDATE
Comprehensive Immigration Reform Passes the Senate

Just yesterday, the U.S. Senate passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill with several enhanced protections for immigrant survivors.  Details about these provisions can be found in this NNEDV fact sheet.  The focus will now turn to the House of Representatives, so stay tuned for action alerts and updates.  

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For questions or concerns about policy-related matters, please contact Krista Niemczyk, Partnership Public Policy Specialist, at krista@cpedv.org.