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AB-2728 Statewide sexual assault response team advisory council.(2019-2020)

As Amends the Law Today


 Chapter 12.5 (commencing with Section 13898.5) is added to Title 6 of Part 4 of the Penal Code, to read:

CHAPTER  12.5. Statewide Sexual Assault Response Team Advisory Council
 (a) The Department of ____ shall establish a statewide sexual assault response team (SART) advisory council to advocate for the establishment and advancement of SARTs in the state for the purpose of promoting swift, coordinated, competent, and efficient sexual assault intervention in every county.
(b) The council shall consist of representatives from sexual assault forensic examination teams, law enforcement agencies, county district attorneys’ offices, crime laboratories, and rape crisis centers who have recognized expertise and experience assisting survivors of sexual assault in the state.
(c) (1) The council shall meet quarterly, but may additionally meet at other times as needed.
(2) The council may establish committees, rules, and procedures necessary to effectively fulfill its duties.
(3) The majority of members of the council shall constitute a quorum.
(4) Members of the council may attend council meetings in person or virtually by telephone or another electronic communications method approved by the council. Virtual attendance shall be considered attendance for the purposes of constituting a quorum.
(5) Members of the council shall not receive compensation for their service on the council, except that members may be reimbursed for their actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties.
(d) The council shall review statewide sexual assault intervention undertaken by all disciplines, identify and assess systemic issues and trends in sexual assault intervention, advise county SART programs, and make recommendations to the Legislature and appropriate state agencies regarding any statutory, regulatory, or budgetary changes needed to promote multidisciplinary responses to sexual assault.