The following press release was sent on August 14 by the California Catholic Conference of Bishops.

Protecting Our Children,SB 131, the controversial bill that would create two classes of victims in sexual abuse cases, stumbled in the Assembly Appropriations Committee today. The bill needed nine votes to proceed but the final count – six AYE, four NO and seven not voting – dealt a significant blow to the bill’s future prospects.

The author, Senator Jim Beall of San Jose, requested and received “reconsideration,” a routine measure that means the author can request that the committee vote again on the bill. Assembly Appropriations meets every Wednesday, meaning there are two more meetings before the final deadline at the end of the month.

Thank you to those who emailed their Assembly Members on this bill. Your response helped raise concerns in the lawmakers’ mind – especially as to why the bill would leave the vast majority of abuse victims without any recourse.

As La Raza Roundtable said in their letter of opposition to SB 131: “There are not two classes of victims and there are not two classes of justice.”

If you live in one of the districts of the Appropriations Committee members who voted no or did not vote, please call them IMMEDIATELY and express your gratitude. If they voted yes, please respectfully express your disappointment.

Bradford, Steven62DGardena
Eggman, Susan13DStockton
Gatto, Mike (Chair)43DSilver Lake
Hall, Isadore64DCompton
Gomez, Jimmy51DLos Angeles
Pan, Richard9DSacramento
Bocanegra, Raul39DSan Fernando
Calderon, Ian57DWhittier
Campos, Nora27DSan Jose
Holden, Chris41DPasadena
Quirk, Bill20DHayword
Weber, Shirley79DSan Diego
Bigelow, Franklin5RO’Neals

To read original release, click here.