California Hurting Victims While Protecting Self Interests
They’re at it again! The California General Assembly is ready to break our Constitution and your help is needed to stop them. We have only few days to persuade Governor Jerry Brown to veto Senate Bill 131.
The 14th Amendment to the U.S. Federal Constitution establishes the absolute equality of rights and obligations to all citizens. If Senate Bill 131 is signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown, a child that was a victim of sexual abuse at a public school has fewer legal rights than a victim at a private school. Is California putting the focus on private institutes to avoid responsibility for the actions of public institutes? Sexual abuse is an awful crime; all perpetrators should be held accountable for their actions and this law does not for that allow that.
The California General Assembly, overwhelmingly control by the Democratic Party and influenced by Liberal Special Interest Groups has passed a law that targets religious organizations like the Catholic Church and the Boy Scouts. In passing this legislation, the California General Assembly has disregarded the rights of children that were victims at public institutions and other groups that California has financially invested in.
By signing this petition today, you are asking Governor Jerry Brown to veto this legislation, asking them of provide all victims of sexual abuse the same rights for justice.
Furthermore, in Senate Bill 131, there is a provision that eliminates statute of limitation for one year after the legislation starts. A similar provision was enacted in 2003, resulting in over 1,000 separate lawsuits against the Catholic Church, some for alleged crimes that were committed in the 1950s. In 2003, compensation amounts reached nearly $1.2 billion. The Wall Street Journal describes the behavior of the California General Assembly as an attack on their enemies, particularly the Catholic Church and the Boy Scouts, allowing tort lawyers to collect hundreds of millions in dollars in fees, much like in 2003.
Kevin Eckery, spokesman for the California Conference of Catholic Bishops, said this legislation allows cases to be heard for a second or third time and could leave them without funds to operate schools.
California Governor Jerry Brown, has an opportunity to do the right thing, veto this bill. Send him an alert today and tell him that Senate Bill unjustly targets private institutes, while public institutes are not being held accountable.
For More Information:
Wall Street Journal: Democrats and the tort bar target the Catholic Church
Catholic News Agency: Calif. advances abuse bill that could bankrupt Catholic dioceses
Sign this petition now!
Petition to: Governor Jerry Brown