This month, the following bills CCUPCA has sponsored or contributed to their final forms have passed through both houses and have arrived to the Governor’s Office for signature.
- SB 707—which will prohibit a person who has a permit to carry a concealed weapon from bringing a weapon/firearm onto a campus without the express, written consent of the Executive Official of that higher education campus. This significantly improves a vulnerability in the California Gun-Free School Zone Act. This bill was led directly by CCUPCA because it holds a very consistent value and purpose for K-12 as well as Higher Education campuses—a rarer school safety opportunity to be sure.
- SB 333—will immediately bring a remedy to a very serious, unintended consequence of Proposition 47. SB 333 will restore possession of ‘date rape drugs’ that include GHB, Rohypnol, and Ketamine, as felonies.
- AB 636—brings a solution to the problem caused by last year’s AB 1433. AB 1433 included in its language the prohibition of all higher education officials from informing law enforcement of the identity of a sexual assault suspect when the reporting party chose to not seek prosecution of [her] assailant. AB 636 will provide the specific ability and responsibility of campus officials to inform local law enforcement immediately of the identity of a suspect sexual assault suspect so that the greater community can be better served and protected by that local law enforcement’s ability to act responsibly with that information.
Under AB 636, college officials are neither required nor authorized to share any additional information when a reporting party chooses to not prosecute a known assailant, making the law much more appropriate to allow violent crime suspect information to be shared without compromising the identity or elements of a reported sexual assault likely to identify a survivor to the public. CCUPCA actively proposed the need for this bill to several legislators during the time that a late-amended AB 1433 was being passed. As the final version of AB 1433 was then voted upon and then became law, several legislators immediately re-contacted CCUPCA to offer their support to correct this limitation that has prevented campus safety officials from informing local communities (through their police departments) of a threat to personal safety in the form of possible sexual predators.
- AB 160—will amend various California statutes related to criminal profiteering to now include immediate forfeiture of a property, proceeds and all assets gained by persons who are involved in pimping and pandering. These violations become part of a long-established statute that includes trafficking of controlled substances (drug dealing), fraud, illegal gaming, kidnapping and other crimes. This was a bill that CCUPCA established an early and strong level of support to help address human trafficking and other human-exploitation crimes.
CCUPCA is proud to continue to provide timely and accurate perspectives that will enhance campus safety and shared public policy interests with the communities its members share.