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                                UNFINISHED BUSINESS 


          Bill No:  SB 1324
          Author:   Hancock (D), et al.
          Amended:  8/18/16  
          Vote:     27 

           PRIOR VOTES NOT RELEVANT

           SENATE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE:  7-0, 8/25/16 (Pursuant to  
            Senate Rule 29.10)
           AYES:  Hancock, Anderson, Glazer, Leno, Liu, Monning, Stone

           ASSEMBLY FLOOR:  79-0, 8/22/16 - See last page for vote

           SUBJECT:   Crime victims:  compensation for pecuniary loss


          SOURCE:    Author


          DIGEST:  This bill extends the sunset from January 1, 2017, to  
          January 1, 2019, for provisions allowing the Victim Compensation  
          Board to reimburse crime victims for violence-peer-counseling  
          services.


          Assembly Amendments delete the Senate version of the bill and  
          insert the current language.


          ANALYSIS:   


          Existing law:










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          1)Establishes the Victim Compensation Board (board) to operate  
            the Victim Compensation Program.  


          2)Authorizes the board to reimburse for pecuniary loss for the  
            following types of losses:


             a)   The amount of medical or medical-related expenses  
               incurred by the victim, subject to specified limitations.


             b)   The amount of out-patient psychiatric, psychological or  
               other mental health counseling-related expenses incurred by  
               the victim, as specified, including peer counseling  
               services.


             c)   The expenses of non-medical remedial care and treatment  
               rendered in accordance with a religious method of healing  
               recognized by state law.


             d)   Compensation equal to the loss of income or loss of  
               support, or both, that a victim or derivative victim incurs  
               as a direct result of the victim's injury or the victim's  
               death, subject to specified limitations.


             e)   Cash payment to, or on behalf of, the victim for job  
               retraining or similar employment-oriented services.


             f)   The expense of installing or increasing residential  
               security, not to exceed $1,000, with respect to a crime  
               that occurred in the victim's residence, upon verification  
               by law enforcement to be necessary for the personal safety  
               of the victim or by a mental health treatment provider to  
               be necessary for the emotional well-being of the victim.


             g)   The expense of renovating or retrofitting a victim's  








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               residence or a vehicle to make them accessible or  
               operational, if it is medically necessary.


             h)   Expenses incurred in relocating, as specified, if the  
               expenses are determined by law enforcement to be necessary  
               for the personal safety or by a mental health treatment  
               provider to be necessary for the emotional well-being of  
               the victim.


          3)Allows both victims and derivative victims to be reimbursed  
            for out-patient mental-health counseling expenses, including  
            violence peer-counseling services.  


          4)Defines "violence peer counseling" as "counseling by a  
            violence peer counselor for the purpose of rendering advice or  
            assistance for victims of violent crime and their families."  


          This bill extends the sunset from January 1, 2017, to January 1,  
          2019, for provisions allowing the board to reimburse crime  
          victims for violence-peer-counseling services.


          FISCAL EFFECT:   Appropriation:    Yes         Fiscal  
          Com.:YesLocal:   Yes


          Unknown.


          SUPPORT:   (Verified8/22/16)


          National Network of Hospital-based Violence Intervention  
          Programs
          RYSE Center
          San Francisco Wraparound
          Soledad Enrichment Action - Caught in the Crossfire
          Youth ALIVE!








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          WellSpace Health


          OPPOSITION:   (Verified8/22/16)


          None received


          ARGUMENTS IN SUPPORT:     According to the author, "SB 1324 is  
          important to ensuring that we support physical and emotional  
          recovery for Californians injured by gun or other violence by  
          extending peer counseling services and reimbursement through the  
          Victims Compensation Fund.  By providing victims with  
          culturally-competent health services, we will not only help them  
          with their basic health needs following a traumatic episode, but  
          we will reduce overall gun violence by supporting intervention  
          and de-escalation efforts."

           ASSEMBLY FLOOR:  79-0, 8/22/16
           AYES:  Achadjian, Alejo, Travis Allen, Arambula, Atkins, Baker,  
            Bigelow, Bloom, Bonilla, Bonta, Brough, Brown, Burke,  
            Calderon, Campos, Chang, Chau, Chávez, Chiu, Chu, Cooley,  
            Cooper, Dababneh, Dahle, Daly, Dodd, Eggman, Frazier, Beth  
            Gaines, Gallagher, Cristina Garcia, Eduardo Garcia, Gatto,  
            Gipson, Gomez, Gonzalez, Gordon, Gray, Grove, Hadley, Harper,  
            Roger Hernández, Holden, Irwin, Jones, Jones-Sawyer, Kim,  
            Lackey, Levine, Linder, Lopez, Low, Maienschein, Mathis,  
            Mayes, McCarty, Medina, Mullin, Nazarian, Obernolte,  
            O'Donnell, Olsen, Patterson, Quirk, Ridley-Thomas, Rodriguez,  
            Salas, Santiago, Steinorth, Mark Stone, Thurmond, Ting,  
            Wagner, Waldron, Weber, Wilk, Williams, Wood, Rendon
           NO VOTE RECORDED:  Melendez



          Prepared by:Alison Anderson / PUB. S. / 
          8/25/16 13:20:22


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