Click on the title of any bill for further information from the Legislative Counsel of California.
Bills Sponsored by the Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board (VCGCB)
AB 1140 (Bonta) ― Victim Compensation Program Modernization
This bill modernizes Victim Compensation Program statutes by making a number of changes to eligibility and benefits.
Effective 1/1/16 (Chapter 569, Statutes of 2015)
AB 165 (Gomez) ― Government Claims Bill
The Board’s first Government Claims Bill of 2015, which appropriates $504,743.99 to pay claims approved by the Board from May 2014 through December 2014. It also appropriates $968,400.00 to pay the erroneous conviction claims of Ronald Ross, Susan Mellen, and Brian Banks.
Effective 6/17/15 (Chapter 7, Statutes of 2015)
SB 304 (Lara) ― Government Claims Bill
The Board’s second Government Claims Bill of 2015, which appropriates $3,277,141.90 to pay claims approved by the Board from January 2015 through April 2015.
Effective 9/21/15 (Chapter 312, Statutes of 2015)
Other Bills Affecting VCGCB
SB 635 (Nielsen) — Erroneous Conviction: Compensation
This bill increases the amount of the recommended appropriation for compensation of an erroneous conviction from $100.00 to $140.00 per day. It also provides compensation for days served in county jail that are considered to be a part of the term of incarceration and removes the requirement that a claimant prove pecuniary loss in order to receive compensation.
Effective 1/1/16 (Chapter 422, Statutes of 2015)
This bill expands the definition of a victim who is eligible to receive direct restitution from a juvenile offender to match the definition of a victim who is eligible to receive direct restitution from an adult offender.
Effective 1/1/16 (Chapter 131, Statutes of 2015)
Bills Affecting Victims’ Rights and Services
- AB 15 (Holden) — Limitation of actions: human rights abuses
- AB 418 (Chiu) — Tenancy: termination: victims of violent crime
- AB 545 (Melendez) — Domestic violence
- AB 1375 (Thurmond) — Criminal penalties: nonpayment of fines
- AB 1407 (Atkins) — Family law: protective orders: wireless telephone numbers
- AB 1475 (Cooper) — Sexual assault response team
- SB 14 (Lara) — Sexual battery: consent defense: minor’s sexual conduct
- SB 176 (Mitchell) — Examining children as witnesses
- SB 186 (Jackson) — Community college districts: removal, suspension, or expulsion
- SB 307 (Pavley) — Restraining orders
- SB 507 (Pavley) — Sexually violent predators
- SB 674 (De León) — Victims of crime: nonimmigrant status
- SB 695 (De León) — School curriculum: health education: sexual harassment and violence instruction