2008 Legislation Sponsored by the Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board (VCGCB)
AB 717 (Fuller), Chapter 582, Statutes of 2008―Victim Compensation Omnibus
The VCGCB's sponsored Victim Compensation Omnibus Bill that makes four improvements to the Victim Compensation Program:
- Extends the period of eligibility for applications based on sexual offenses committed against minors to match the statute of limitations for prosecution.
- Makes individuals who were living with a homicide victim at the time of the crime eligible to receive reimbursement for relocation expenses.
- Specifies additional information that estate administrators must include when notifying the VCGCB of inheritance due to an inmate.
- Makes technical cleanup to the guidelines for good cause acceptance of a late application.
AB 2597 (Leno), Chapter 37, Statutes of 2008―Government Claims Bill
The VCGCB's first Government Claims Bill of 2008:
- Appropriates $1,173,987.99 from various funds to pay 418 claims accepted by the Board from April 2007 through November 2007 and authorizes applicable surcharges and fees for these claims.
- Appropriates $878,000.00 from the General Fund to the VCGCB to pay claims resulting from county special elections costs for elections called by the Governor to fill vacancies in the legislature during 2007.
SB 462 (Torlakson), Chapter 338, Statutes of 2008― Government Claims Bil
The VCGCB's second Government Claims Bill of 2008:
- Appropriates $552,483.73 from various funds to the Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board (VCGCB) to pay 217 claims accepted by the Board from December 2007 through March 2008 and authorizes applicable surcharges and fees for these claims.
- Appropriates $234,000.00 from the General Fund to reimburse county special election costs incurred in 2007 for the primary election to fill the seat of Assembly Member Laura Richardson.
- Appropriates $31,700.00 from the General Fund to the VCGCB for the payment of a claim by James Ochoa for incarceration subsequent to an erroneous conviction pursuant to Penal Code 4904.
- Reports relief from liability for the recipients of four overpayments made by the Victim Compensation Program totaling $17,279.00.
Other Chaptered Legislation of Interest
AB 2809 (Leno), Chapter 587, Statutes of 2008 – Minor Victims: Mental Health Counseling
Allows the VCP to compensate mental health counseling for a minor, if not otherwise eligible, who suffers emotional injury resulting from witnessing a violent crime:
- Reimbursement is limited to $5,000.00.
- To be eligible, the minor must have been in close proximity to the victim when witnessing the crime.
AB 2928 (Spitzer), Chapter 752, Statutes of 2008 – Collections: Amounts Imposed by Courts
Authorizes CDCR to contract with the Franchise Tax Board’s Court-Ordered Debt Collection Program to collect restitution orders imposed against any person who is or who has been under the jurisdiction of CDCR.