2003 Legislation Sponsored by the Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board (Board)
SB 94 (Alpert), Chapter 7, Statutes of 2003
Authorized $2.4 million to pay 598 claims against 39 state agencies. This bill includes provisions identical to AB 3019 (Orpreza) of last year, which inadvertently died in the Assembly with concurrence pending.
SB 95 (Alpert), Chapter 96, Statutes of 2003
One of two annual claims bills sponsored by the Board to pay claims against state agencies that have been approved by the Board.
2003 Legislation Affecting the Board
AB 352 (Goldberg), Chapter 431, Statutes of 2003
Doubles minimum fee from $200.00 to $400.00 as a condition of probation for domestic violence offenders and increases the county's share of that fee from one-third to two-thirds.
AB 702 (Jackson), Chapter 84, Statutes of 2003
Removes the Director of General Services as a member of the Board and adds the Secretary of the State and Consumer Services Agency.
AB 976 (Montanez), Chapter 281, Statutes of 2003
Limits who can serve as a representative of a victim or derivative victim for purposes of obtaining compensation from the Victim Compensation Program. This bill took effect immediately upon the signature of the Governor.
AB 1302 (Simitian), Chapter 475, Statutes of 2003
Appropriates $428,000.00 from the General Fund to the Executive Officer of the Board for the payment in the matter of Mr. Quedellis Ricardo Walker upon the approval of the Board for a wrongful imprisonment claim to take effect immediately upon signature of the Governor.
AB 1625 (Benoit), Chapter 521, Statutes of 2003
Deletes language in current law that requires all penalty assessments and court costs be included in the first $30.00 fine for not wearing a seatbelt and/or maintaining seatbelts in good working order and a $50.00 fine for a second and each subsequent violation for this infraction. In other words, penalty assessment and court costs would be added to the $30.00 or $50.00 fine for this infraction.
SB 478 (Dunn), Chapter 630, Statutes of 2003
Requires an employer to allow an employee who is a victim of crime or specified derivative victim of a crime to be absent from work to attend judicial proceedings relating to the crime and prohibits an employer from discriminating against such an employee in any way. Also encourages district attorneys and victim-witness centers to make information regarding provisions of this bill available for distribution in their offices.
SB 940 (Escutia), Chapter 275, Statutes of 2003
Requires the Judicial Council to establish a specified collaborative court-county working group to develop and adopt guidelines for a comprehensive program for the imposition and collection of fines; includes numerous provisions to expand authority of the Judicial Council to improve the statewide infrastructure and efficiency of California's court system.