Legislation

A collective voice for sexual assault forensic examiners across California. Cal SAFE is dedicated to advocating for legislation that has an impact on the important work we do. We encourage you to stay informed and participate in our advocacy efforts because your membership in Cal SAFE helps keep our legislative presence strong.

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Bills That Cal SAFE Supported:

  • A bill that amended SB 22 to require law enforcement agencies to submit sexual assault forensic evidence that was received prior to January 1, 2016.
  • It also included language that did not mandate crime labs to test SAKs (prior to January, 1 2016) if the victims did not want wish for the kit to be tested (referring to NIRs).
  • This bill died in committee but was officially SUPPORTED by Cal SAFE.
  • Provides for statutory changes necessary to enact public safety-related provisions of the Budget Act of 2021.
  • Makes statutory changes to sexual assault forensic exam reimbursement claims. Authorizes reimbursements from the Cal OES for the costs of conducting medical evidentiary examinations of sexual assault survivors regardless of whether they have decided to report the assault to law enforcement.
  • SUPPORTED by Cal SAFE.
  • An act to amend Section 18961.7 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to child abuse. This bill would clarify that, if a county uses a child advocacy center to implement that multidisciplinary response, the team may include the child advocacy center.
  • Passed and APPROVED by the Governor. 
  • Officially SUPPORTED by Cal SAFE. 
  • This bill would authorize the appropriate local law enforcement agency to seek reimbursement from OES, using the specified federal funds. 
  • This bill was pulled by the author and is no longer active. 
  • SUPPORTED by Cal SAFE. 
  • This bill provides that if a respondent does not have a listed address and cannot be otherwise located and served personally, then the petitioner may move for the court to approve an alternative means of serving process. This righteous measure seeks to protect harassment victims from potentially arbitrary legal barriers to seeking protection from harassers. 
  • Passed and APPROVED by the Governor. 
  • Officially SUPPORTED by Cal SAFE. 
  • This bill enhances protections against a third party’s disclosure of a minor’s protected information under a domestic violence restraining order.
  • Passed and APPROVED by the Governor. 
  • SUPPORTED by Cal SAFE. 
  • This bill provides a cause of action against a person that knowingly sends a sexually explicit image that the person knows, or reasonably should know, is unsolicited. The bill provides for both civil and criminal penalties for violations of the bill.
  • Placed in the inactive file and no longer active. 
  • SUPPORTED by Cal SAFE. 
  • Budget bill for Public Safety
  • Appropriated $4 million into the Sexual Assault Evidence Submission Grant Program to alleviate the backlog.
  • Appropriated $6,700,000 to the Office of Emergency Services to reimburse local law enforcement agencies to offset the cost of reimbursing qualified health care professionals, hospitals, or other emergency medical facilities for medical evidentiary examinations for all sexual assault victims.
  • APPROVED by the Governor.
  • By special request from Asm. Tom Lackey, Cal SAFE officially participated in a coalition letter to the Governor in SUPPORT of the $4 million grant line item.
  • The purpose of this bill is to provide survivors of sexual assault the ability to anonymously track the status of their individual sexual assault evidence kit through the SAFE-T database.
  • Passed and presented to the Governor.
  • SUPPORTED by Cal SAFE.
  • This bill would require the prosecutor in a criminal human trafficking case to consider whether to seek a restraining order prohibiting the defendant from contacting the victim or a witness. 
  • Placed in the inactive file by the author and no longer active. 
  • SUPPORTED by Cal SAFE. 

Bills Watched

  • This bill would expand what constitutes sexual battery under the Civil Code to include removing a condom, thereby causing contact between a penis and the intimate part of another person, where the other person did not verbally consent to the condom being removed.
  • Passed and presented to the Governor. 
  • Cal SAFE position: NEUTRAL
  • The purpose of this bill to set a standard for which expert testimony is entered in a criminal proceeding.
  • Placed in the Appropriations Suspense file.
  • Cal SAFE position: NEUTRAL