Administration of Justice Bills of Interest
June 8, 2017
SB 630 (Skinner) – Jails: Financing Bonds.
As Amended April 20, 2017 – OPPOSE
SB 630 by Senator Nancy Skinner would prevent counties that receive state funding for improving, renovating or replacing local adult correctional facilities from leasing housing capacity to other entities. Specifically, SB 630 would strictly prohibit, for contracts approved on or after January 1, 2018, any county – regardless of whether its construction project increases jail housing capacity – from leasing housing capacity to any private or public entity for a period of 10 years following the completion of construction. By tightening restrictions on leasing beds to other counties, SB 630 will create significant challenges in improving local detention correction facilities and addressing the population demands. SB 630 passed out of the Senate Public Safety Committee 5-2, passed off of the Senate Floor 22-14 and is set to be heard in the Assembly Public Safety Committee on June 13, 2017.
AB 1401 (Maienschein) – Juveniles: Protective Custody
As Amended April 19, 2017 – Support
AB 1401 by Assembly Member Brian Maienschein would make changes to the issuance of protective custody warrants. Under existing law, the juvenile court is allowed to order the removal of a child from his or her home when a petition is filed simultaneously, or if social workers investigate child abuse and neglect and find that there is imminent danger or bodily harm. There is some ambiguity in existing law regarding the issue of obtaining warrants without filing a petition. AB 1401 would clarify this ambiguity by allowing social workers, under certain circumstances, to seek a court order to remove a child without filing a petition while still retaining the judge’s discretion as to whether a warrant is appropriate or needed as a precondition. AB 1401 passed out of the Assembly Judiciary Committee 11-0, passed out of the Assembly Appropriations Committee 17-0, passed off of the Assembly Floor 69-0 and is set to be heard in the Senate Human Services Committee on June 13, 2017.