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SB-381 Victims of crime: indemnification: applications.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 06/06/2017 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  June 06, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 381


Introduced by Senator De León

February 14, 2017


An act to amend Section 13958 of the Government Code, relating to victims of crime.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 381, as amended, De León. Victims of crime: indemnification: applications.
Existing law provides for the indemnification of victims of specified types of crimes by the California Victim Compensation Board, subject to specified criteria for, among other things, submission and verification of applications. Existing law requires the board to approve or deny applications, based on recommendations of the board staff, within an average of 90 calendar days and no later than 180 calendar days of acceptance by the board or victim center. Existing law requires the board to report to the Legislature, on a quarterly basis, its progress and its current average time of processing applications if the board does not meet the prescribed 90-day average standard.
This bill would define “time of processing applications” for purposes of these provisions and would require the board to post on its Internet Web site, on an annual basis, its progress and current average time of processing applications, the number of applications approved, and the number of applications denied, and the number of incomplete applications received. denied.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 13958 of the Government Code is amended to read:

13958.
 (a) The board shall approve or deny applications, based on recommendations of the board staff, within an average of 90 calendar days and no later than 180 calendar days of acceptance by the board or victim center.
(1) If the board does not meet the 90-day average standard prescribed in this subdivision, the board shall, thereafter, report to the Legislature, on a quarterly basis, its progress and its current average time of processing applications. These quarterly reports shall continue until the board meets the 90-day average standard for two consecutive quarters.
(2) If the board fails to approve or deny an individual application within 180 days of the date it is accepted, pursuant to this subdivision, the board shall advise the applicant and his or her representative, in writing, of the reason for the failure to approve or deny the application.
(b) The board shall post on its Internet Web site, on an annual basis, its progress and current average time of processing applications, the number of applications approved, and the number of applications denied, and the number of incomplete applications received. denied.
(c) For purposes of this section, “time of processing applications” means the period of time, including all calendar days, that begins when the board first receives an application and ends when a determination is made to approve or deny the application and notice of that determination is sent to the applicant.