SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Steve Fox (D-Palmdale) announced this week that his Traffic Ticket Amnesty Bill, (AB) 2085, and Grandparents Rights Bill, (AB) 1628, were passed unanimously by the Assembly Public Safety Committee and the Judiciary Committee respectively.
The bills now will move to the Assembly Floor.
“These proposed laws attempt to provide common sense remedies to problems that courts deal with every day,” said Fox. “It makes sense to offer people an opportunity to clear up their debts and keep their families together.”
If the Traffic Ticket Amnesty Bill becomes law, the one year amnesty period would begin January 1, 2016. Under this program, people would be able to pay 50% of their fine for misdemeanor violations and no additional criminal charges would be brought against people for delinquent fines.
This is not the first time that such a program has been proposed. A previous amnesty program, which expired on June 30, 2012, allowed courts to resolve 42,245 delinquent cases, collect $14.9 million in gross revenue and reduce outstanding statewide debt by $29 million.
The Grandparents Rights Bill would allow the children of incarcerated parents to be formally placed with grandparents in stable and supportive family homes, if it is in the best interest of the child.
Current law prevents grandparents from petitioning for visitation with the children of married parents, unless the parents are living separately or the child is not living with either parent. A report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation said almost 10,000 of California’s inmates rely on grandparents to care for their children during a period of incarceration.
Assemblymember Steve Fox represents California’s 36th Assembly District, comprised of the communities of Antelope Valley, and includes the cities of Lancaster and Palmdale as well as the Los Angeles County communities of Quartz Hill, Acton, Littlerock, Baker, Lake Los Angeles, and Wrightwood and the Kern County communities of Rosamond, Mojave, Reefer City, North Edwards, Boron, and California City.
More information is available at www.asmdc.org/fox.
(Information via press release from the office of Assemblymember Steve Fox.)