June 18, 2013 > Bipartisan bill supported by law enforcement, victim groups
Bipartisan bill supported by law enforcement, victim groups
Submitted By Sergio Reyes
Legislation authored by Senate Majority Leader Ellen M. Corbett (D-East Bay) to ensure local law enforcement entities in California continue to receive reimbursement from the federal government for costs of sexual assault medical examinations passed from the Assembly Public Safety Committee on June 11, 2013.
Sponsored by the Alameda County District Attorney's Office and the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA), SB 107 extends the authorization for state agencies to use federal grant monies to reimburse local law enforcement for the costs incurred in administering "rape kits" to victims/survivors of sexual assault. In 2012, CalEMA/Office of Emergency Services received approximately $12M from the federal government under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).