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California Senate Judiciary Hearing
April 27, 2004

Senator Sam Aanestad noted during this hearing that California's 4th Appellate Court said California's outdated and dangerous pursuit laws have left "public safety twisting in the wind" and have given California officers a "get out of liability free card." Read the Appellate Court judges' ruling.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger repeated one word during his campaign. That word is "accountability." 

"I have read numerous reports on the topic of police pursuit since my innocent daughter Kristie was killed in a Chico pursuit where officers disregarded guidelines in their own pursuit policy, and I ask, 'Where is the accountability?' " 

Read Candy Priano's complete testimony before the California Senate Judiciary Committee.

Blocked in the Judiciary Committee.  Just when things were looking good for Kristie's Law, the bill to restrict police pursuits failed to pass out of the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday.  April 27, 2004

Read about "Second Chance for Kristie's Bill" in the Chico Enterprise-Record.  ... the measure will get a second chance through a political maneuver known as "gut and amend." That's where the original language is removed from a bill that is going nowhere and replaced with language from another bill. In this case, the language from Aanestad's measure on pursuits, Senate Bill 1866, has replaced the original language of a bill by Sen. Joseph Dunn, D-Garden Grove. Dunn's measure, Senate Bill 1403, was referred to the Judiciary Committee on March 4, but no further action was taken on it.  May 4, 2004
Representatives of large police groups, such as the Police Officers Research Association of California, have argued "imminent peril" is a vague concept and that officers need wide discretion in deciding when to pursue suspects. Important Note:  Per the request of law enforcement and members of the Judiciary Committee, the language "imminent peril" (obtained from the Orange County Sheriff's Department's pursuit policy regarding use of a firearm during a pursuit) was completely removed from the bill and replaced with a list of specific violent felonies. In spite of the Senator's efforts to work with law enforcement groups and make the changes requested by the committee, the bill was struck down again. It's an election year and some senators believe law enforcements' endorsement is more important than public safety. Click here to see how they voted.   May 5, 2004
 
 

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