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Domestic Violence Center’s funding restored

Governor signs Assemblyman Smyth’s bill

Posted: October 21, 2009 10:18 p.m.
Updated: October 22, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Wednesday signed a bill that restored funding to domestic violence centers across California, including the endangered shelter in the Santa Clarita Valley.

The bill, authored by local Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, R-Santa Clarita, used money from an alternative fuel fund to restore more than $16 million in state cuts to domestic violence programs. The move won't raise taxes, Smyth said.

He welcomed the news of the governor signing the bill.

"After several difficult months, we are finally able to declare victory in the fight to restore critical funding to domestic violence programs throughout the state," Smyth said. "The bipartisan effort to restore these cuts has been inspiring, and is one of the great achievements that I have had the privilege to be a part of during my time in the legislature."

The move is expected to help the Domestic Violence Center of Santa Clarita Valley keep its doors open.

In a series of line item vetoes, Schwarzenegger eliminated state funding for domestic violence centers. The cuts nearly forced the Domestic Violence Center of Santa Clarita Valley to shut its doors.

Mary Ree, president of the center's board of directors applauded all the California lawmakers who helped pass the bill.

"The Domestic Violence Center of the Santa Clarita Valley is appreciative of the governor restoring funding for this important program and applauds our local legislators," she said. "This is less than a one-year stop-gap and our hope is that come next year, we are not right back in the same quandary with the State and its budget,"

bcharles@the-signal.com

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