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California S.B. 967 - Public Safety & Health


Sponsor: Senator Kevin De Leon (D)

Summary: Requires the governing board of each community college district, the Trustees of the California State University, the Regents of the University of California, and the governing board of independent postsecondary institutions to adopt a policy concerning campus sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.

Status: Introduced 2/10/2014. Referred to Committee on Education 2/20/2014. Hearing scheduled 3/19/2014.

Outlook: The sponsor originally canceled the March 19 hearing on this measure. However, according to committee staff, Senator Kevin De Leon (D) requested that this bill be put back on the Committee's March 19 agenda. The hearing will be open to the public. Public testimony will be accepted. Written testimony should be submitted in advance of the scheduled hearing. A vote is at the discretion of the committee chair.

According to Senator Kevin De Leon (D) “We need to do more to prevent sexual assaults on campus. When they do occur, we need a system that holds perpetrators accountable rather than victimizes survivors a second time.”

According to the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault “One in five women on college campuses have been sexually assaulted during their time there. This is a serious national issue plaguing our colleges, universities and private institutions.”

This measure is jointly-authored by the Legislative Women’s Caucus Chair Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal (D) and Vice Chair Senator Hannah Beth Jackson (D).

The sponsor is a member of the majority party and does not sit on the committee of referral. Democrats control both chambers of the Legislature as well as the office of the Governor.

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