Administration of Justice Bills of Interest
June 29, 2017
AB 1401 (Maienschein) – Juvenile Protective Custody Warrant.
As Amended April 19, 2017- Support
Assembly Bill 1401 by Assembly Member Maienschein would make changes to the issuance of protective custody warrants. This measure would clarify ambiguity in existing law 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. This bill would provide an additional tool for social workers and help to protect vulnerable children. Assembly Bill 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, passed out of the Senate Human Services Committee 4-0 and is set to be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee on July 11, 2017.
Senate Bill 421 by Senator Scott Wiener would establish a statewide tiered sex offender registry system for adult and juvenile registrants. By implementing a tiered sex offender registry system, SB 421 would be a proactive public safety policy that allows law enforcement agencies to concentrate their investigative efforts and resources on making sure high-risk and violent offenders comply with the law. In addition, SB 421 was created after many years of work by the Sex Offender Management Board and discussions with District Attorneys and law enforcement agencies. SB 421 passed out of the Senate Public Safety Committee 6-1, passed out of the Senate Appropriations Committee 5-2, passed off of the Senate Floor 27-11 and is set to be heard in Assembly Public Safety on July 11, 2017.
Assembly Bill 720 by Assembly Member Susan Eggman would authorize the involuntary administration of psychotropic medication to county jail inmates who are awaiting arraignment, trial and sentencing. Involuntary medication in jails can help reduce harm in extreme cases of danger to the inmate, other inmates or staff, as well as treat an inmate’s grave disability. By extending the current process to pre-adjudicated inmates, AB 720 would address ongoing problems and challenges that county jails across the state are facing while addressing the mental health needs of inmates. AB 720 passed out of the Assembly Public Safety Committee 7-0, passed out of the Assembly Judiciary Committee 10-0, passed off the Assembly Floor 75-0 and is set to be heard in the Senate Public Safety Committee on July 11, 2017.