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AB-900 Crime victims: the California Victim Compensation Board.(2017-2018)

Bill Status
Gonzalez Fletcher (A)
Bates (S) , Cervantes (A) , Cristina Garcia (A) , Reyes (A)
Crime victims: the California Victim Compensation Board.
An act to amend Sections 13957 and 13957.5 of the Government Code, relating to crime victims, and making an appropriation therefor.

Type of Measure
Inactive Bill - Vetoed
Two Thirds Vote Required
Fiscal Committee
Non-State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
09/26/18 Vetoed by Governor.
09/06/18 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3 p.m.
08/29/18 Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 79. Noes 0. Page 6827.).
08/27/18 In Assembly. Concurrence in Senate amendments pending. May be considered on or after August 29 pursuant to Assembly Rule 77.
08/27/18 Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Assembly. (Ayes 39. Noes 0. Page 5818.).
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Assembly:

I am returning Assembly Bill 900 without my signature.

This bill would authorize the California Victim Compensation Board to provide compensation to human trafficking victims in the amount equal to the loss of income or support incurred as a direct result of a victim's loss of liberty during the crime.

While I appreciate the author's intent, this bill fundamentally changes the nature of the Board's system for compensating victims, and places an unsustainable burden on the Restitution Fund which is already imbalanced. The proposed compensation is more akin to restitution, which expands the program beyond its intended purpose, and beyond the scope of other states' programs.

For the past three years the state budget has provided a line item to support services for human trafficking victims ranging up to $10 million. Any future expansion in scope of services for these victims should not rely on an already over-committed funding source.


Edmund G. Brown Jr.