Administration of Justice Bills of Interest
March 21, 2019
CSAC and the California Probation Officers of California (CPOC) are opposed to Senate Bill 284 by Senator Jim Beall. This measure would increase the fee charged to counties to send a youth to the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). While we certainly understand the author’s goal of incentivizing counties to reduce the number of youth that they send to DJJ, the final decision as to where youth are placed following adjudication is one held and decided by a juvenile court judge. This legislation will do little to prevent youth from being sent to DJJ and instead result in significant financial impacts on counties. This fiscal impact, especially in smaller counties, will negatively impact counties and the progress we have made to enhance services and could put programming for youth in jeopardy. SB 284 is set to be heard in the Senate Public Safety Committee on March 26th.
CSAC is pleased to support Assembly Bill 206 by David Chiu. This measure would protect property owners from frivolous lawsuits threatened by lead paint manufacturers. AB 206 insulates property owners and public entities from threats of legal action if they participate in the abatement program created by the judgment. This is necessary to implement the judgement effectively and maximize use of the abatement program. AB 206 is waiting to be heard on the Assembly Floor.