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Senator Min’s child safety bill advances from Assembly Appropriations Committee

Senator Dave Min (D-Irvine) announced that his child safety bill, SB 654, advanced from the Assembly Appropriations Committee, leaving it on the cusp of being signed into law by the Governor. SB 654 would require judges to consider a parent’s history of violence and substance abuse when considering unsupervised visits with their child or children, and would also provide children with greater protections against testifying against their parents in custody proceedings.

The bill has enjoyed prominent and widespread bipartisan support, including from actor and internationally renowned children’s right advocate Angelina Jolie, and Dylan Farrow, a prominent advocate for survivors of sexual abuse.

SB 654 will proceed to the Assembly floor for a vote. If it receives a majority of votes there, it will then go to Governor Newsom’s desk for his signature.

“I’m thrilled that SB 654 is on the verge of becoming law,” Min said. “This bill will improve the lives of countless California children who are involved in custody proceedings, and will protect them from abusive parents. Many of the bills I introduced in my first year have focused on protecting families from violence and abuse and promoting youth welfare, and I’m proud of the progress that we’ve made.”

In addition to SB 654, the Assembly Appropriations Committee also voted to move Senator Min’s SB 512, which provides greater access to higher education for foster kids. SB 512 would strengthen and expand access to the NextUp program, which provides comprehensive services to promote college retention and degree attainment for foster youth attending community colleges, and allows for priority enrollment at the University of California and California State University systems.

This article was released by the Office of Senator Dave Min.