Aug. 31, 2018: Sen. Holly J. Mitchell’s bills to protect youth, fight sexual harassment go to Gov. Brown
Lawmakers endorse bills by budget chair from Los Angeles
SACRAMENTO – Continuing to reform criminal justice and protecting youth to help families and communities are among the proposals by Sen. Holly J. Mitchell that are now a governor’s signature away from becoming law.
Additional efforts by Mitchell focus on expanding worker training to prevent sexual harassment and providing women potentially life-saving information about their health.
Mitchell’s policy agenda also includes bills that are part of the second year of an #EquityAndJustice package jointly sponsored with Sen. Ricardo Lara. These focused on needed changes to how California’s juvenile and criminal justice systems treat youth and young adults.
In bull-number order below are the bills the Los Angeles democrat hopes will receive the Governor’s signature before his Sept. 30 deadline to sign, veto or allow bills to become law without his signature. New measures would take effect Jan. 1, 2019.
- Senate Bill 439 – Minimum Age Incarceration
This juvenile justice-reform measure would exclude children age 11 and younger from juvenile court jurisdiction and would promote the rights, health and well-being of the child by curbing premature exposure to incarceration.
- SB 1034 – Dense Breast Tissue
This would extend to Jan. 1, 2025 the sunset on the current dense breast tissue notification, which is currently set to expire in January.
- SB 1050 – Services and Support for Exonorees
Provides services and support for exonerated people after prison, including healthcare, work training and updating exonerate records to reflect their wrongful convictions.
- SB 1083 – Resource Family Approval
This would reduce barriers in the Resource Family Approval process to make it more child centered and family friendly.
- SB 1343 – Sexual Harassment Training
This would expand mandatory sexual-harassment training to all employers with five or more employees.
- SB 1391 – Juvenile Justice for Children Under 16
This would ensure that youth ages 14 and 15 who commit crimes get the services and help they need by prohibiting them from being tried as adults and keeping them in the juvenile justice system.
- SB 1393 – Five-Year Judicial Discretion
This proposal would return judicial discretion on sentencing related to five-year enhancements for serious felony convictions.
Mitchell also had far-reaching impacts as chair of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee. SB 951, the California Film and television Production Jobs Act, was incorporated into the 2018-19 state budget. Also included in this year’s budget was funding for SB 982, which provides for the biggest CalWorks grant increase in more than 30 years.
NOTE: SBs 439, 1050, 1391 and 1393 are part of the #EquityAndJustice2018 package carried jointly by Sens. Mitchell and Ricardo Lara as follow-up measures to their initial #EquityAndJustice bills last year.
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 since 2010, Mitchell 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. More at www.senate.ca.gov/Mitchell