State Policy Update

During the last stretch of the legislative session, Governor Brown signed AB 41-DNA Evidence, AB 1312-Sexual Assault Victims Rights, and SB 384-Sex Offenders: Registration, into law. SB 169- Education: Sex Equity, was vetoed citing a need to review the impact of affirmative consent standards and current college/university sexual assault response requirements in California for their impact on the accused and due process considerations.
Your advocacy and outreach to your local representatives made a difference. Thank you all for your efforts and advocacy during this legislative session!
Signed Into Law
AB 41 (Chiu) DNA Evidence
AB 41 will ensure law enforcement agencies track all newly collected rape kits and require annual reporting of tracking data. This bill would require an informational profile be created for each DNA rape kit within 120 daysMore information
AB 1312 (Gayles) Sexual Assault Victims Rights
This bill will increase protections for survivors during the DNA rape kit collection process, including having advocates of same or opposite gender present, having information on a card available to survivors, no cost post contraception, and preventing the destruction of DNA rape kits for at least 20 years. More Information
SB 384 (Wiener) Sex Offenders: Registration
This bill will reform the current lifetime sex offender registry system to a three-tier system. Individuals will be placed in tier one, two or three based on a risk assessment that measures a person’s risk of sexual or violent re-offense. The tiered registry reforms our broken and outdated system by implementing research-based policies to make California’s sex offender registry an effective law enforcement tool to promote public safety and better serve victims and survivors. Read our joint statement with Impact Justice here, and read our CEO Sandra Henriquez’s blog hereMore Information
SB 169 (Jackson & De Leon) Education: Sex Equity
This bill would have turned the details around the Dear Colleague Letter of 2011 into state law. These are the details which increased transparency, notice and applied a “preponderance of the evidence” standard in administrative hearings. More Information