2017 Legislative Achievements

“We are here to make state government work for you. Thank you for joining me tonight. I am proud of my team and the work we do on your behalf. Below is a list of our successful legislation that was signed by the Governor this year.  A number of these bills were proposed by my constituents and I am proud to have authored and co-authored many of them with my fellow Senators and Assembly Members from both sides of the aisle. Once again, together we were successful and with your continued input and support, I am eager to again serve our community in 2018.”

- Senator Joel Anderson   

2017 Legislative Achievements

Honoring those who served:

Anderson authored SB 156 to protect the rights and benefits of veterans by requiring the California Department of Veterans Affairs and the California National Guard to assist veterans and current members of the Guard in completing the necessary forms and paperwork to apply for citizenship, as is their right in exchange for their service.

Anderson coauthored SB 339 with Senator Roth (D-Riverside) to take San Diego’s use of Veterans courts statewide. Veterans’ courts understand the special circumstances of United States military veterans charged with criminal offenses, particularly those who have suffered severe trauma in the course of their service.  San Diego completed a 36-month assessment of their program in 2014 demonstrating reduced costs, reduced incarceration, and improved educational outcomes. This bill will provide the state with data regarding the effectiveness of veterans’ courts and potential barriers to establishing this model in all counties throughout the state.

Keeping the public safe:

Anderson authored SB 336 to help restore justice for the wrongfully convicted by ensuring that they are eligible for transitional services by the California Department of Corrections upon being released.

Anderson joint-authored SB 384 with Senator Wiener (D-San Francisco) at the request of law enforcement to help them solve new sex crimes and deter serious offenders from committing future crimes by instituting a tiered system to the California Sex Offender Registry. Law enforcement asked for this bill so that the registry could again be useful as the investigatory tool it was originally intended to be.

Anderson coauthored SB 230 with Senator Atkins (D-San Diego) to make it easier for prosecutors to use prior convictions to go after human traffickers. The bill allows character/propensity evidence to be used by prosecutors when trying human traffickers in a criminal case.

Anderson coauthored AB 1459 with Assemblymember Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton) to honor and protect our law enforcement officers by establishing that the willful, deliberate, and premeditated killing of a person known to be a peace officer engaged in the performance of his or her duties is considered first degree murder for all purposes, including the gravity of the offense and the support of survivors.

Anderson coauthored AB 41 with Assemblymember Chiu (D-San Francisco) to protect rape victims by requiring that each law enforcement agency that has investigated a case involving the collection of sexual assault kit evidence is required to report to the Department of Justice (DOJ) within 120 days as specified, so that its data is included in the departmental report to the Legislature on the status of DNA kit testing.

Anderson coauthored AB 413 with Assemblymember Eggman (D-Stockton) to protect victims of domestic abuse by, for purposes of obtaining evidence or a restraining order in a domestic violence case, authorizing a party to the abuse to lawfully record the communication with the other party without their permission.

Anderson coauthored AB 993 with Assemblymember Baker (R-Dublin) to protect our most vulnerable citizens by adding two crimes, aggravated sexual assault and sexual intercourse or sodomy with a child under 10, to the existing list of offenses where a victim who is 15 years of age or less or is developmentally disabled may provide testimony at the preliminary hearing by video recording.

Supporting the vulnerable members of our community:

Anderson authored SB 153 to protect vulnerable members of society by creating a presumption of fraud or undue influence for “donative transfers” in wills to certain people who might exercise improper authority over the transferor.

Anderson authored SB 333 because current probate law is needlessly inflexible when all beneficiaries to a trust want to modify or terminate it in their best interests. This measure will allow them to simply request that the court modify or terminate a trust under its discretion rather than have to compel the court using an old, restrictive statute that has little application to modern probate practice.

Anderson coauthored AB 1520 with Assemblymember Burke (D-Inglewood) because California has the highest rate of child poverty in the nation and it will establish the Lifting Children and Families out of Poverty Task Force to supply the Legislature with the research, analysis, and guidance necessary to reduce child poverty.

Anderson coauthored AB 1021 with Assemblymember Baker (R-Dublin) to make government work better for those in need by requiring each county to accept applications for In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program benefits by telephone, through facsimile, or in person, or, if the county is capable of accepting online applications or applications via email for benefits under the program, by email or other electronic means.

Anderson coauthored SB 61 with Senator Wiener (D-San Francisco) to combat poverty by allowing taxpayers to designate on their tax return that a specified amount, in excess of their tax liability, be transferred to the Emergency Food for Families Voluntary Tax Contribution Fund (VCF).

Anderson coauthored SB 611 with Senator Hill (D-San Mateo) to protect seniors and the disabled by helping the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) block scofflaws and fraudsters from taking advantage of the disabled placard and license plate program to help preserve its important benefits for those drivers who rely on the program.

Senator Anderson was named Legislator of the Year by the following groups (partial list):

Associated Builders and Contractors
Lakeside Chamber of Commerce
California Small Business Association
American Veterans
American Legion
San Diego Deputy District Attorneys’ Association
San Diego County Apartment Association
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
Pacific Water Quality Association
Sportsmen’s and Animal Owners’ Voting Alliance
State Coalition of Probation Officers
California State Sheriffs’ Association
San Diego Psychiatric Society
California League of Off-Road Voters
California Rifle and Pistol Association
California Chiropractic Association
California Hearing Healthcare Providers
Veterans of Foreign Wars
California State Commanders Veterans Council
Vietnam Veterans of America, California State Council
Crime Victims United

Senator Anderson has received the following groups’ highest rating (partial list):  

National Federation of Independent Business
Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association
California Taxpayers Association
California Chamber of Commerce
California Manufacturers & Technology Association

Senator Anderson has been recognized by the following groups for his legislative leadership (partial list):

San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce
California Senior Legislature
Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce
Orange County Business Council Golden
Dog Owners of California
California Association of County Veterans Service Officers
Capitol Resource Family Impact
Jewish Public Affairs Committee
NetChoice
Electronic Frontier Foundation
California Innocence Project
Physicians for Informed Consent