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SB-513 Assault and battery of a public utility worker.(2017-2018)

Bill Status
Bradford (S)
Assault and battery of a public utility worker.
An act to amend Sections 241 and 243 of the Penal Code, relating to assault and battery.

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
03/03/18 Last day to consider Governor’s veto pursuant to Joint Rule 58.5.
10/04/17 In Senate. Consideration of Governor's veto pending.
10/04/17 Vetoed by the Governor.
09/06/17 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3 p.m.
08/31/17 Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 37. Noes 0. Page 2352.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling.
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Senate:

I am returning Senate Bill 513 without my signature.

This bill adds $1,000 to the current penalty for assault or battery if committed against a public utility worker.

I don't believe the additional $1,000 called for in this bill would do much to deter this type of conduct, which is already punishable by either six months or a year in jail, and up to a $2,000 fine depending on the charge.

I would note that the bill further slices and dices our criminal law, dividing the crimes of assault and battery into even more discreet categories, which grow more numerous by the decade. As a general rule I don't think this a good idea.

Our criminal code already has more than 5,000 separate criminal provisions, making it more particularized than it needs to be for an understandable and fair system of justice.


Edmund G. Brown Jr.