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Proposed law would restore budget cuts to abuse shelters

California Victim Compensation Fund would be used as one-time fix to restore domestic-violence cuts

Posted: August 19, 2009 8:16 p.m.
Updated: August 20, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 

Lawmakers are pushing through the Legislature a bill that would restore most funding to domestic violence shelters, officials said Wednesday.

State Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, this week gutted Senate Bill 622 — a horse-racing oversight bill — and replaced it with a bill that would restore $16.3 million in state funding to domestic violence centers.

The bill, a one-time fix that would draw money from the California Victim Compensation Fund, is expected to go before Senate committees next week. It would need to be passed on to the governor before the legislative session ends Sept. 11.

Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, R-Santa Clarita, earlier this month joined Yee in support of the bill as a co-author.

The Santa Clarita Valley Domestic Violence Center expected to lose about 45 percent of its budget after the governor eliminated most state funding to domestic-violence centers to close California massive budget deficit.

The cut came as shelters reported a rise in the quantity and severity of domestic violence cases.

The Santa Clarita Valley has seen two apparent domestic-violence homicides in the last month.

 

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