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February 6, 2018 > New bills address domestic violence, protect the environment

New bills address domestic violence, protect the environment

Submitted By Tomasa Due¤as

Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) has introduced two bills in partnership with Alameda County District Attorney, Nancy E. O?Malley.

?One of the first bills I worked on as an assemblymember was in partnership with District Attorney O?Malley,? said Assemblymember Quirk. ?This year, I?m glad to work with her again on two bills that will protect lives and the environment.?

?I am proud to partner with Assemblymember Quirk on two important pieces of legislation that are vital to public safety,? said District Attorney O'Malley.

The two bills introduced January 31 are:
? AB 1973: clarifies that emergency medical service workers are mandated reporters.
? AB 1980: extends the statute of limitations for the prosecution of violations of the Aboveground Petroleum Storage Act.

?AB 1973 makes clear that emergency medical service workers are mandated reporters for domestic violence. This clarification will enable and empower these first responders make a report, a proactive step vital to preventing further abuse and escalating violence. I believe this bill will save lives. AB 1980 enables prosecutors throughout the state to better protect the environment from petroleum spills. Petroleum spills endanger the environment, pollute drinking water, and imperil public health,? stated District Attorney O?Malley

?These bills are a reflection of two key priorities for me: helping victims of domestic violence and protecting our environment. I know that when first responders see abuse they report it. However, I was surprised to learn that emergency medical service workers are technically not mandated to do that. AB 1973 clarifies that. Truthfully, they are often at the frontline, helping victims of domestic violence escape their violent environment. AB 1980 protects the quality of drinking water, public health and the environment from contamination that can be caused by petroleum spills? said Assemblymember Quirk.

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