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                   Senate Appropriations Committee Fiscal Summary
                            Senator Kevin de León, Chair


          AB 849 (Garcia) - Protection of victims: address  
          confidentiality.
          
          Amended: May 24, 2013           Policy Vote: Judiciary 7-0
          Urgency: No                     Mandate: No
          Hearing Date: August 30, 2013                           
          Consultant: Jolie Onodera       
          
          SUSPENSE FILE.
          
          
          Bill Summary: AB 849 would allow an application to the Secretary  
          of State's (SOS) Safe at Home (SAH) program to be completed at a  
          community-based assistance program that serves victims of elder  
          or dependent adult abuse. This bill would also require the SOS  
          to conduct outreach activities to identify and recruit agencies  
          to assist victims, as specified, in applying to the SAH program.

          Fiscal Impact: Potential first-year costs to the SOS of  
          approximately $75,000 (General Fund) and $65,000 annually  
          thereafter to facilitate recruitment activities and address the  
          additional SAH program caseload.

          Background: Under existing law, the Safe at Home program is  
          administered by the SOS and provides victims of domestic  
          violence, sexual assault, stalking, or reproductive healthcare  
          workers with a substitute mailing address in order to protect  
          the confidentiality of the participant's home, work, or school  
          address. 

          Existing law provides that upon proper application and  
          certification, applicants will be certified in the program for  
          four years, unless certification is withdrawn or invalidated.  
          Under current law, an applicant to the address confidentiality  
          program based on domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking  
          must complete an application in person at a community-based  
          victims' assistance program. Applicants are required to meet  
          with a victims' assistance counselor and receive orientation  
          information about the program.  Existing law additionally  
          requires the application to include a sworn statement that the  
          applicant has good reason to believe that he or she is a victim  
          of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking, and fears for  








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          his or her safety. 

          Current law requires the SOS to designate state, local, and  
          nonprofit agencies that provide counseling and shelter to  
          victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking to  
          assist victims in applying to the SAH program.

          This bill seeks to ensure that eligible victims of elder or  
          dependent adult abuse are able to apply for the protections of  
          the SAH program.
          
          Proposed Law: This bill would authorize an applicant for the SAH  
          program to complete his or her application at a community-based  
          assistance program that serves victims of elder or dependent  
          adult abuse pursuant to the Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult  
          Civil Protection Act. In addition, this bill:
                 Requires the SOS to designate state and local agencies  
               and nonprofit agencies that serve victims of elder or  
               dependent adult abuse to assist victims applying to be  
               program participants. 
                 Requires the SOS to conduct outreach activities to  
               identify and recruit the agencies.

          Prior Legislation: AB 2483 (Blumenfield) Chapter 102/2012  
          removed the requirement that victims alleging stalking as the  
          basis of their SAH eligibility to provide specific evidence  
          attached to the application.

          SB 1082 (Corbett) Chapter 270/2012 made a number of changes to  
          the SAH program, including requiring applicants and participants  
          of the program to be domiciled in California, and authorizing  
          minor participants to renew their participation upon reaching 18  
          years of age.

          AB 906 (Galgiani) 2012 would have authorized witnesses who have  
          testified in murder trials to participate in the SAH program.  
          This bill was held on the Suspense File of this committee.

          Staff Comments: The SOS has indicated the provisions of this  
          bill will incur General Fund costs of about $75,000 in the  
          initial year of implementation and $65,000 annually thereafter  
          for one position to facilitate the recruitment of volunteer  
          elder service enrolling agencies and the increased SAH program  
          caseload that could potentially result under the provisions of  








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          this measure.