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June 28, 2011 > Legislative Assembly business

Legislative Assembly business

Submitted By Andrew LaMar and Teala Schaff

The following bills by Senate Majority Leader Ellen M. Corbett (D-San Leandro) passed Assembly Committees on June 21, 2011:

Victims of sexual assault (SB 534) and Personal information: Internet disclosure prohibition (SB 636)
Legislation giving domestic abuse and sexual assault victims greater protection and support passed Assembly committees.

"Every day we're reminded that domestic violence and sexual assault remain a traumatizing reality for many women," Corbett said. "These bills give women more safeguards against such crimes and more assistance in the terrible event they are assaulted."

"We're excited to see California making real strides in protecting victims of sexual assault and domestic violence under the leadership of Senator Corbett," said Patricia Bellasalma, president of the California National Organization for Women, which has endorsed the legislation. "We urge the Legislature and the Governor to support these bills and bring greater peace of mind to survivors throughout the state."

SB 534, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), passed the Assembly Public Safety Committee with a 7-0 vote and brings California into compliance with federal law by certifying that sexual assault victims receive free medical exams. The legislation allows the state to continue receiving approximately $21M in federal funding, to pay for the exams, through stimulus dollars and the Services Training Officer, Prosecutors (STOP) formula grant program. The bill next goes to Assembly Appropriations.

SB 636, Privacy Protection for Safe at Home Participants, passed the Assembly Judiciary Committee with a 10-0 vote. SB 636 provides further protection to victims of domestic violence, stalking and sexual assault who enter into the state's Safe at Home Program. The legislation prohibits participants' personal information from being posted on the Internet and establishes crimes for sites that fail to comply. Safe at Home is a confidentiality program administered by the California Secretary of State's Office that offers victims of domestic violence, stalking and sexual assault anonymity and a new start towards a fear-free future. The bill next goes to Assembly Appropriations.

Petitions: compensation for signatures (SB 168)
Legislation designed to reduce fraud in signature-gathering by prohibiting payment on a per-signature basis cleared the Assembly Elections Committee on a 4-2 vote.

Senate Bill 168 makes it a misdemeanor for a person to pay or receive money or any other thing of value for collecting signatures on a state or local initiative, referendum or recall petition based on the number of signatures collected.

"This is a common-sense reform to protect the integrity of California's initiative process," Corbett said. "Bounty payments to signature gatherers on a per-signature basis only serve to increase the temptation to commit fraud."

Secretary of State Debra Bowen has endorsed the legislation. The Secretary of State's Election Fraud Investigation Unit opened 240 cases for falsifying petitions that resulted in 33 convictions between 1994 and 2010.

SB 168 goes next to the Assembly Floor. It has already passed the Senate.

Common interest developments: electric vehicle charging stations (SB 209)
Legislation that prohibits community interest developments, such as condominiums and homeowner associations, from preventing the installation of electric-vehicle charging stations passed the Assembly Judiciary Committee on a 7-3 vote.

The measure, Senate Bill 209, helps foster the growth of the electric vehicle industry by ensuring consumers living in community interest developments have access to charging stations.

"It's crucial condominiums and other community interest developments allow electric-vehicle charging stations," Corbett said. "This is another important step on the road to cleaner, more fuel-efficient cars."

SB 209 has already passed the Senate and the Assembly House and Community Development Committee. The bill moves next to the Assembly floor.

Consumer Protections: Made in California Program (SB 823)
Legislation establishing a voluntary "Made in California" marketing program to promote products manufactured in the state passed an Assembly committee on a 5-0 vote.

Similar to the "California Grown" campaign, which has helped spur $1 billion in additional agricultural industry sales, the "Made in California" designation provided by Senate Bill 823 can propel marketing and sales of the state's other products.

"California is known around the world as a leader in technology, manufacturing and industry," Corbett said. "This legislation allows companies to capitalize on the Golden State's well-earned reputation and brand recognition to help increase their business."

SB 823 passed the Assembly Business and Professions Committee and moves next to the Assembly Judiciary Committee. The bill has already been approved by the Senate.

"We must do everything we can to support California businesses and improve the economy," Corbett said. "This is one simple way to do that."

The bill is also supported by Siemens, Solaria, Solyndra and Tesla Motors, all California-based manufactures in Senator Corbett's District 10.

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