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California S.B. 967 - Public Safety & Health

04/07/2014

Sponsor: Senator Kevin De Leon (D)

Summary: Current version (3/19/2014): Requires the governing board of each community college district, the Trustees of the California State University, the Regents of the University of California, and the governing boards of independent postsecondary institutions that receive public funds for student financial assistance to adopt a policy concerning campus sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.

Current version (3/19/2014): http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/sen/sb_0951-1000/sb_967_bill_20140327_amended_sen_v98.pdf  

Introduced version: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/sen/sb_0951-1000/sb_967_bill_20140210_introduced.pdf

Status: Introduced 2/10/2014. Referred to Committee on Education 2/20/2014. Hearing held; passed Committee on Education as amended; referred to Committee on Appropriations 3/19/2014. Hearing scheduled 4/7/2014.

Outlook: The hearing will be open to the public. Public testimony will be accepted. Written testimony should be submitted in advance of the scheduled hearing. A vote may be taken at the discretion of the committee chair.

This measure passed the Committee on Education, 6-0-3. During the hearing the Committee adopted an amendment, which stipulates that this measure applies to postsecondary institutions that receive public funds for student financial assistance. The California Coalition Against Sexual Assault; the California Communities United Institute; and the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence support this measure. There is no registered opposition on file.

According to Senator Kevin De Leon (D) “We need to do more to prevent sexual assaults on campus. When they do occur, we need a system that holds perpetrators accountable rather than victimizes survivors a second time.”

According to the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault “One in five women on college campuses have been sexually assaulted during their time there. This is a serious national issue plaguing our colleges, universities and private institutions.”

This measure is jointly-authored by the Legislative Women’s Caucus Chair Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal (D) and Vice Chair Senator Hannah Beth Jackson (D).

The sponsor is a member of the majority party. Democrats control both chambers of the Legislature as well as the office of the Governor.

*Information provided by www.stateside.com