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PUBLIC POLICY UPDATE
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
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Summer Recess in Sacramentosummerrecess

The start of summer recess is upon us, with the Assembly officially out until August 5th. The Senate is still hard at work in Sacramento this week, before heading out on their recess this Friday. During this relatively quiet month we will have fewer updates on pending bills. We are pleased that all of the Partnership's priority bills are still moving forward at this stage, and are looking forward to the final hearings, votes, and actions by the Governor after the recess.

 

A sincere thanks to all of our members who have been so engaged in our policy work. We know this has been a very busy year so far, and are grateful for all of your dedication and hard work! 

CALIFORNIA UPDATE
Housing Protections for Survivors -- Action Needed! housing

SB 612 (Leno) is now headed to the Governor's desk for his signature or veto and it is important that he hear from you!  Please use the template letter available here

and submit your letter by this Friday, July 12.  This bill will expand the list of permitted documentation for survivors seeking to terminate their leases to relocate for their safety, and also add human trafficking survivors to those included under this provision. 
Budget Updatesbudget
  •  Sequestration and Shelter Funding. As you all know, the federal government enacted across-the-board cuts to discretionary programs, known as sequestration. Thankfully, California Office of Emergency Services (formerly CalEMA) has been able to use its reserve funds so that shelter grants will not be cut this year! Although this is undoubtedly a tremendous help for programs, we are well aware that many programs receive other forms of federal funding and are feeling the impact of sequestration on those funding sources. We want to hear about these cuts, so please email examples to Krista@cpedv.org. NNEDV has also created this infographic detailing the nationwide impact of sequestration on domestic violence victims and programs.
  • AB 81 (DV Mandates). As we reported last week, AB 81 was amended to restore several mandates on law enforcement's response to domestic violence that were removed by a state budget trailer bill. The amendments made to AB 81 maintain the same language that has been in place for all these years. AB 81 successfully passed through the Senate floor vote last week 37-0; it will be voted on by the full Assembly after recess and will then head to the Governor.  
Status of Other Priority and Tracked Billsstatus
  • AB 16 (Perez) is scheduled to be heard in Senate Appropriations Committee on August 12. AB 16 closes a loophole in existing domestic violence law by adding to the list of offenders that can be charged with felony domestic violence an offender that is the victim's fiancé or fiancée, or person with whom the defendant currently has, or previously had, a dating or engagement relationship.
  • SB 400 (Jackson) will next be heard in Assembly Appropriations Committee after the recess, although the hearing date has not yet been confirmed. This bill will protect survivors from termination or discrimination in the workplace due to their known status as survivors, and ensure that employers provide survivors with reasonable safety accommodations.
  • AB 139 (Holden), passed the Senate 33-0 and is now awaiting a vote by the Assembly to approve recent amendments; it then heads to the Governor. This bill will improve the collection and distribution of Domestic Violence Probationer Fees.
  • Trust Act (AB 4, Ammiano), successfully passed the Senate Public Safety Committee and is awaiting a vote by the full Senate. The TRUST Act sets a clear statewide standard for local governments' participation in the federal government's controversial "Secure Communities" (S-Comm) deportation program.       
     
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For questions or concerns about policy-related matters, please contact Krista Niemczyk, Partnership Public Policy Specialist, at krista@cpedv.org.