2017 Crime Victim Related Legislation
AB 1061 (Gloria) — Victim Compensation Board
This bill would modernize statutes governing CalVCB by expanding benefits in order to meet the needs of victims in California. Among the changes are authorizing the reimbursement of income loss, transportation and child care expenses resulting from crime-related appointments, and increasing the limits for reimbursement of relocation, residential security, and crime-scene cleanup expenses.
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AB 44 (Reyes) — Workers’ Compensation: Victims of Terrorist Attacks
This bill would exempt medical treatment for employees or first responders who sustain physical or psychological injury as a result of an act of terrorism or violence in the workplace from the utilization review process and the independent medical review process, and would provide for an expedited proceeding before the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board to resolve disputes regarding treatment. It would also apply retroactively to the employees and first responders injured in the San Bernardino terrorist attack of December 2, 2015, and any other employees or first responders injured by an act of terrorism or violence in the workplace that occurs prior to January 1, 2018.
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AB 194 (Patterson) — Victim Restitution: Court Jurisdiction
This bill would provide that a court retains jurisdiction over a defendant for purposes of imposing or modifying restitution for a period of 5 years following sentencing, or until the expiration of probation or mandatory supervision, whichever is later.
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AB 334 (Cooper) — Sexual Assault
This bill would prohibit costs incurred by a clinic or sexual assault forensic medical examination team from being charged directly or indirectly to the victim of assault. It would also repeal the provision limiting the amount that may be charged to $300 and would instead provide that the cost of a sexual assault forensic medical evidentiary examination requested by a sexual assault victim who is choosing not to participate in a criminal investigation shall be treated as a local cost and charged to the local law enforcement agency in whose jurisdiction the alleged offense occurred. The bill would further require that the costs of the examination be reimbursed to the local law enforcement agency by the Office of Emergency Services in an amount not to exceed $1,000.
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AB 900 (Gonzalez Fletcher) — Human Trafficking: Income Loss
This bill would authorize CalVCB to provide compensation equal to loss of income or support that a victim incurs as a direct result of the victim’s deprivation of liberty during the crime if the qualifying crime is human trafficking. The bill would require CalVCB to use specified valuation methodologies regarding restitution for human trafficking victims and to adopt guidelines on or before July 1, 2018, that allow CalVCB to rely on evidence other than official employment documentation.
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AB 1384 (Weber) — Trauma Recovery Centers
This bill would require the Board to use the Integrated Trauma Recovery Services model developed by the San Francisco Trauma Recovery Center when it provides grants to trauma recovery centers.
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SB 321 (Monning) — Erroneous Conviction Claim: Special Master
This bill would require the Governor to appoint a Special Master to oversee erroneous conviction claims that are submitted to the CalVCB and require a hearing.
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SB 381 (De León) — Victims of Crime: Applications
This bill would define “time of processing applications” as the period of time that begins when the Board first receives an application and ends when a decision to approve or deny is made and notice is sent to the applicant. It would require the Board to post on its Internet Web site, on an annual basis, its progress and current average time of processing applications, the number of incomplete applications received, and the number of applications approved and denied.
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