SACRAMENTO — Two critical public safety measures authored by Assemblyman Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale), AB 18 Sexual assault forensic testing kits, and AB 31 Gabriel’s Law, died during the rapid-fire reading of the Assembly Appropriations Committee suspense file this morning.
AB 18 would have finally ended California’s backlog of sexual assault forensic kits by requiring law enforcement to submit DNA evidence promptly.
Gabriel’s Law, AB 31, sought to establish the Office of Child Protection Ombudsperson with duties to include investigating and attempting to resolve complaints made by or on behalf of children related to their care.
“It’s outrageous that a legislative body who claims to care about protecting the most vulnerable in our society failed to pass the testing of sexual assault forensic kits and protecting abused children in a matter of seconds,” said Lackey. “With record budget surpluses, why aren’t rape victims and abused children a higher priority for the state legislature? As vice-chairman of the Public Safety Committee, I will remain committed to protecting Californians and will continue to fight for common sense to prevail in our misguided Legislature.”