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SB-1449 Rape kits: testing.(2017-2018)

Bill Status
Leyva (S)
Anderson (S) , Chiu (A) , Gonzalez Fletcher (A) , Grayson (A) , Jackson (S) , Portantino (S) , Skinner (S) , Stone (S)
Rape kits: testing.
An act to amend Section 680 of the Penal Code, relating to evidence.

Type of Measure
Active Bill - In Floor Process
Majority Vote Required
Fiscal Committee
State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
11/30/18 Last day to consider Governor’s veto pursuant to Joint Rule 58.5.
09/30/18 In Senate. Consideration of Governor's veto pending.
09/30/18 Vetoed by the Governor.
09/12/18 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 5 p.m.
08/31/18 Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 39. Noes 0. Page 6129.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling.
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Senate:

I am returning Senate Bill 1449 without my signature.

This bill would require the testing of all sexual assault forensic evidence kits within a specified period of time.

The state budget that I signed this year includes a one-time total of $7.5 million General Fund to test rape kits-$1 million to begin conducting an audit of untested kits and $6.5 million to help test the existing known backlog.

While I fully support the goal of this bill, I believe that we should allow for the completion of the audit mandated by AB 3118 (Chiu)-which I am signing today-as well as for the Department of Justice to further reduce the existing backlog using the recently approved significant funding increase. I would like to allow time for this year's legislative actions to take effect so we can gauge the appropriate next steps and budget accordingly.


Edmund G. Brown Jr.