Amended in Senate May 4, 2015

Amended in Senate April 6, 2015

Senate BillNo. 556


Introduced by Senator De León

February 26, 2015


An act to amend Section 13958 of the Government Code, relating to victims of crime.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

SB 556, as amended, De León. Victims of crime: indemnification: applications.

Existing law provides for the indemnification of victims of specified types of crimes by the California Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board, subject to specified criteria for, among other things, submission and verification of applications. Existing law requires the board to approve or deny applications, based on recommendations of the board staff, within an average of 90 calendar days and no later than 180 calendar days of acceptance by the board or victim center. Existing law requires the board to report to the Legislature, on a quarterly basis, its progress and its current average time of processing applications if the board does not meet the prescribed 90-day average standard.

This bill would define “time of processing applications” for purposes of these provisions and would require the board to post on its Internet Web site, on an annual basis, its progress and current average time of processingbegin delete applications.end deletebegin insert applications, the number of applications approved, the number of applications denied, and the number of incomplete applications received.end insert

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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SECTION 1.  

Section 13958 of the Government Code is
2amended to read:

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13958.  

(a) The board shall approve or deny applications, based
4on recommendations of the board staff, within an average of 90
5calendar days and no later than 180 calendar days of acceptance
6by the board or victim center.

7(1) If the board does not meet the 90-day average standard
8prescribed in this subdivision, the board shall, thereafter, report to
9 the Legislature, on a quarterly basis, its progress and its current
10average time of processing applications. These quarterly reports
11shall continue until the board meets the 90-day average standard
12for two consecutive quarters.

13(2) If the board fails to approve or deny an individual application
14within 180 days of the date it is accepted, pursuant to this
15subdivision, the board shall advise the applicant and his or her
16representative, in writing, of the reason for the failure to approve
17or deny the application.

18(b) The board shall post on its Internet Web site, on an annual
19basis, its progress and current average time of processing
20begin delete applications.end deletebegin insert applications, the number of applications approved,
21the number of applications denied, and the number of incomplete
22applications received.end insert

23(c) For purposes of this section, “time of processing
24applications” means the period of time, including all calendar days,
25that begins when the board first receivesbegin delete andend deletebegin insert anend insert application and
26ends when begin delete a check is mailed to an eligible victim.end delete begin insert a determination
27is made to approve or deny the application and notice of that
28determination is sent to the applicant.end insert



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