Sept. 18, 2017: Sen. Holly J. Mitchell’s bills to improve #EquityAndJustice, help youths go to governor

September 18, 2017

Lawmakers endorse measures

SACRAMENTO – Protecting foster children and reforming the juvenile and criminal justice systems to put greater emphasis on prevention, rehabilitation and maintaining family cohesion are among the eight proposals by Sen. Holly J. Mitchell that await action on Gov. Brown’s desk.   

“It has been an honor to fight for measures to improve the quality of life for California children and young adults on behalf of the nearly 1 million constituents of my downtown and west Los Angeles County district,” Mitchell said. “It’s encouraging to know California minors would be safer, have more opportunities to thrive and grow because of fairer, more humane treatment.”

Much of Mitchell’s agenda is the #EquityAndJustice package jointly sponsored with Sen. Ricardo Lara and focused on needed changes to how California’s criminal justice system treats youths and young adults.

Below, in bill-number order, are some of the top bills the Los Angeles Democrat hopes will receive the governor’s support before his Oct. 15 deadline to sign, veto or allow bills to become law without his signature.

Here is a summary of the other bills the Los Angeles Democrat hopes will be signed by Gov. Brown and take effect Jan. 1, 2018:

  • SB 213 – Foster Placement
    SB 213 would is to reduce unnecessary delays in relative placements for children in foster care and expand placements by repealing and streamlining redundant criminal history restrictions.
  • SB 323 – Clinics
    This bill would help community clinics more easily provide substance use disorder treatment services to California’s vulnerable communities.
  • SB 612 – Transitional Housing Placement
    With the goal of improving self-reliance and independence, this measure would aide foster youth as they transition into adulthood by providing resources to keep and maintain a support network of their peers and family they need.

One bill that’s part of the #EquityAndJustice package was signed by the governor on July 10. Senate Bill 355 puts an end to innocent defendants being required to reimburse the courts for the cost of appointed counsel by specifying that this requirement may only be imposed in cases where the defendant is ultimately convicted of a crime.

For more information, visit Sen. Mitchell’s Web site HERE or at the address below.

Sen. Mitchell is chair of the Senate Budget Committee. A member of the Legislature for more than six years,  she represents nearly 1 million residents of Senate District 30, which includes Culver City and much of Los Angeles. See a map of Mitchell’s district that includes a demographic breakdown of its residents and more HERE. Learn more at www.senate.ca.gov/Mitchell

MEDIA CONTACT: Ray Sotero

Communications Director

Sen. Holly Mitchell, Senate District 30

Capitol Building, Room 5080

Sacramento, Calif. 95814

(916) 651-4030 office; 916 717-0513 cell