Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Bill would save domestic violence programs
By: Christine Karavas08/04/09 12:19 PM PDT
Senator Leland Yee announced legislation Tuesday aimed at saving domestic violence programs and shelters statewide that had funding cut by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. The line-item budget veto of the Department of Public Health’s Domestic Violence Program eliminated $16.3 million, that was allocated to 94 domestic violence shelters and centers, according to Yee’s office. The senator’s legislation allocates $16.3 million from the victims’ compensation fund to the Domestic Violence Program.
The Senate is on recess until Aug. 19 and will finish Sep. 11, giving the bill less than a month to win two-thirds of the legislature’s support. If passed and signed, it will go into effect immediately. "It can't afford to wait until January 1," Yee spokesman Adam Keigwin said. "If these shelters close, folk's lives are at risk."
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