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  ( Title 2 enacted by Stats. 1943, Ch. 134. )


  ( Division 3 added by Stats. 1945, Ch. 111. )


  ( Heading of Part 4 amended by Stats. 2016, Ch. 31, Sec. 102. )

CHAPTER 1. General [13900 - 13920]
  ( Chapter 1 added by Stats. 1945, Ch. 112. )


(a) As used in this chapter, “board” means the California Victim Compensation Board.

(b) Except as provided by Section 14659.01, whenever the term “California Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board” appears in any statute, regulation, contract, or any other code, it shall be construed to refer to the California Victim Compensation Board, unless the context clearly requires otherwise.

(Amended by Stats. 2016, Ch. 31, Sec. 103. (SB 836) Effective June 27, 2016.)


(a) There is within the Government Operations Agency the California Victim Compensation Board.

(b) The board consists of the Secretary of Government Operations or his or her designee and the Controller, both acting ex officio, and a third member who shall be appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the Governor. The third member may be a state officer who shall act ex officio.

(Amended by Stats. 2016, Ch. 31, Sec. 104. (SB 836) Effective June 27, 2016.)


(a) If the third member is not a state officer acting ex officio, the member shall receive fifty dollars ($50) for every day of actual attendance at meetings of the board not in excess of eight meetings per month, together with necessary traveling expenses in attending these meetings.

(b) This section shall become operative on January 1, 1990.

(Repealed (in Sec. 1) and added by Stats. 1985, Ch. 1130, Sec. 2. Section operative January 1, 1990, by its own provisions.)


The Secretary of Government Operations shall serve as chair of the board.

(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 352, Sec. 248. (AB 1317) Effective September 26, 2013. Operative July 1, 2013, by Sec. 543 of Ch. 352.)


The board shall keep a record of all its proceedings and any member may cause his dissent to the action of the majority upon any matter to be entered upon such record.

(Added by Stats. 1945, Ch. 112.)


The board shall have a seal, bearing the following inscription: “California Victim Compensation Board.” The seal shall be fixed to all writs and authentications of copies of records and to other instruments that the board directs.

(Amended by Stats. 2016, Ch. 31, Sec. 105. (SB 836) Effective June 27, 2016.)


A majority of the board constitutes a quorum for the transaction of any business, for the performance of any duty, or for the exercise of any power of the board. A vacancy in the board does not impair the right of the remaining members to exercise all the powers of the board.

(Added by Stats. 1945, Ch. 112.)


The act of a majority of the board when in session as a board is the act of the board; but any investigation, inquiry, or hearing which the board has power to undertake or to hold may be undertaken or held by or before any member designated for the purpose by the board.

(Added by Stats. 1945, Ch. 112.)


The evidence in any investigation, inquiry, or hearing may be taken by the member to whom the investigation, inquiry, or hearing has been assigned or, in his or their behalf, by an examiner designated for that purpose. Every finding, opinion, and order made by a member so designated, pursuant to investigation, inquiry, or hearing, when approved or confirmed by the board and ordered filed in its office at the State Capitol, Sacramento, is the finding, opinion, and order of the board.

(Added by Stats. 1945, Ch. 112.)


(a) The board shall appoint an executive officer who shall hold office at its pleasure. It may also employ those personnel, including examiners, as it deems necessary for the performance of its duties.

(b) The executive officer shall execute those duties and responsibilities as may be delegated by the board. The board may, except as otherwise provided in this section, delegate any statutory power of the board to the executive officer, or any examiner, employee, or committee as the board may designate, by means of a board order that is adopted by a majority of all of the board’s members and that prescribes the limits of the delegation.

(Amended by Stats. 2016, Ch. 31, Sec. 106. (SB 836) Effective June 27, 2016.)


The executive officer, or his or her designee, shall keep a full and true record of all proceedings of the board, issue all necessary process, writs, warrants, and notices, and perform those other duties as the board prescribes. The executive officer and the deputy executive officers, or their designees may administer oaths, certify to all official acts, and issue subpoenas for the attendance of witnesses and the production of papers, books, accounts, documents, and testimony in any inquiry, investigation, hearing, or proceeding in any part of the state.

(Amended by Stats. 1994, Ch. 726, Sec. 9. Effective September 22, 1994.)


The examiners may administer oaths, examine witnesses, issue subpenas, and receive evidence, under such rules and regulations as the board may adopt.

(Added by Stats. 1945, Ch. 112.)


The board shall hold regular meetings in Sacramento and may hold other meetings at the times and places within the state as a majority of the board directs. At any meeting the board may transact any business and perform all duties imposed upon it.

(Amended by Stats. 2002, Ch. 1124, Sec. 15. Effective September 30, 2002.)


The board may adopt regulations pursuant to Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 governing any matter over which it has jurisdiction.

(Added by Stats. 2018, Ch. 37, Sec. 25. (AB 1817) Effective June 27, 2018.)

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