Bill In Response To Stanford Rape Case Passes First Committee

Unanimous 6-0 Vote in Senate Public Safety Committee

SACRAMENTO – AB 2888, by State Legislators Asm. Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley), Asm. Bill Dodd (D-Napa) and Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo and Santa Clara), passed the State Senate Public Safety Committee today by a unanimous 6-0 vote. The bill will ensure that anyone convicted of sexual assault in California cannot be sentenced to probation. The legislators worked with Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen in crafting the proposal. The bill next goes to the Senate Appropriations Committee for a hearing in August. “I’d like to thank Chairwoman Hancock and the Committee members for their vote today. Rapists like Brock Turner shouldn’t be let off with a slap on the wrist,” said Assemblymember Evan Low. “Judge Persky’s ruling was unjustifiable and morally wrong, however, under current state law it was within his discretion. While we can’t go back and change what happened, we can make sure it never happens again.”