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AB-2294 Child custody proceedings: finding of sexual abuse. (2017-2018)

Bill Status
Obernolte (A)
Child custody proceedings: finding of sexual abuse.
An act to amend Section 3027 of the Family Code, relating to child custody.

Type of Measure
Inactive Bill - Vetoed
Majority Vote Required
Fiscal Committee
State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
09/27/18 Vetoed by Governor.
08/20/18 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3 p.m.
08/14/18 In Assembly. Ordered to Engrossing and Enrolling.
08/13/18 Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Assembly. (Ayes 37. Noes 0. Page 5281.).
08/07/18 Read second time. Ordered to Consent Calendar.
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Assembly:

I am returning Assembly Bill 2294 without my signature.

This bill requires a court holding a child custody proceeding to request an investigation by a child welfare services agency if the court determines that it cannot protect the child from child abuse.

There is not an identified problem with existing law. Currently, the family court can request an investigation by the local child welfare agency when there are allegations of child abuse. This bill could potentially have the unintended consequence of delaying appropriate referrals of child abuse if a court believes it must first make the findings described in the bill prior to requesting an investigation.


Edmund G. Brown Jr.