Administration of Justice Bills of Interest
April 26, 2018
SB 1303 (Pan): This bill, as amended, would require that six counties with a population greater than 500,000 separate the office of sheriff-coroner and establish a new medical examiner office. Currently, county boards of supervisors have the statutory power to do this. SB 1303 would have significant fiscal impacts on the larger counties by requiring them to create the new office and would put forensic pathologists in the role of administrator instead of performing exams. Ultimately, SB 1303 would remove a county’s local control to decide how to organize their sheriff coroner operations and could result in unnecessary upheaval in counties. SB 1303 passed out of the Senate Governance and Finance Committee, passed out of the Senate Public Safety Committee and is waiting to be heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee. CSAC and UCC are opposed to SB 1303.
SB 1106 (Hill): This bill would extend the operative date of the existing Transitional Age Youth pilot program to January 1, 2022, and expands the scope of the program to include Ventura County. The Transitional Youth Age pilot program allows young adult offenders age 18-21 to be housed in a local juvenile detention facility, instead of county jail where they will be able to access various services such as mental health, vocational, and education. SB 1106 passed out of the Senate Appropriations Committee and is waiting to be heard on the Senate Floor. CSAC supports SB 1106.