Administration of Justice Signed and Vetoed Bill Summary
AB 372 (M. Stone) Domestic Violence Programs: Sponsor/Support – Signed. Authorizes a pilot program that allows the counties of Napa, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Yolo to offer an alternative to the batterer’s treatment program. CSAC sponsored this bill to serve as the first step in assessing whether alternative approaches are more effective in addressing the criminogenic needs of batterers and reducing recidivism.
SB 1106 (Hill) Transitional Age Youth Program: Support – Signed. Extends 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. CSAC supported this measure because it will allow more young adult offenders to be housed in local juvenile detention facilities, instead of adult local detention facilities, where they will have access to these services.
SB 931 (Hertzberg) Conservatorships: Support – Signed. Amends the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act to specify that custody status cannot be used as the sole reason to postpone the psychiatric conservatorship evaluation process. Delaying conservatorship evaluations often has the effect of keeping individuals in custody longer than necessary. CSAC supported this measure because it seeks to address this issue by prohibiting a conservatorship investigator from failing to schedule an investigation based solely upon the custody status of the individual.
SB 215 (Beall) Mental Health Diversion: Support – Signed. Remedies a number of concerns related to the new jail diversion program for those living with mental illness created under budget trailer bill AB 1810 (Chapter 34, Statutes of 2018). CSAC supported this measure because it helps to remedy some of the concerns expressed by counties after AB 1810 was signed.
SB 1303 (Pan) Coroner/Medical Examiner Office: Oppose – Vetoed. Would have imposed a costly new mandate that requires non-charter counties with a population of 500,000 or greater to replace the Office of Coroner or Sheriff-Coroner with an Office of Medical Examiner by January 1, 2020. CSAC opposed this measure because it would simply create a confusing and costly mandate for a number of counties.
AB 2720 (Waldron) Juvenile Reentry Grant Special Account: Oppose – Vetoed. Would have authorized county probation departments to use the constitutionally protected Juvenile Reentry Grant Special Account for rehabilitative services for persons who have been discharged from a juvenile court’s jurisdiction within the prior two years. CSAC opposed this measure because the Juvenile Reentry Grant Special Account is not the appropriate funding source to provide said services.
Signing and veto request letters to the Governor can be found on the CSAC legislative tracking website.