State Capitol — Two of California State Senator Joel Anderson (R-Alpine)’s bills were heard in committees on Tuesday. One of the bills aims to provide justice to people that were wrongfully incarcerated. The other bill creates the Wildfire Incident Penalty and Fine Fund to make money available for people and organizations affected by wildfires.
SB 1094 is authored by Anderson, joint authored by the Chair of the Senate Public Safety Committee Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) and co-authored by Senators Steve Glazer (D-Orinda), Jeff Stone (R-Riverside County) and Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco). The bill would provide automatic compensation to people that served prison time for wrongful conviction.
The bill is sponsored by the California Innocence Project and passed the Senate Public Safety committee with 7-0.
Anderson Statement: “Compensation denied for these innocent people is justice denied.”
SB 1169, authored by Anderson, was created after Anderson surveyed his constituents. Anderson’s district includes areas that have experienced severe wildfire damages from fires such as last year’s Lilac Fire. The bill requires that 10% of any penalty levied pursuant to the Public Utilities Act related to the role of a utility company, or its facilities or equipment, played in the starting of a wildfire incident to be deposited into the Wildfire Incident Penalty and Fine Fund.
The bill received support from the Fire Safe Council of San Diego County and passed the Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee 10-0.
Anderson Statement: “Most San Diegans have experienced or witnessed devastating damages from wildfires. Any help the state can provide to lift the burden of those impacted by wildfires should be provided, and this fund simply directs a portion of the public utilities’ penalty money to people that need it the most.”