Next stop for State Sen. Susan Rubio’s SB 616– Piqui’s Law — is the Senate, and then the desk of Gov. Gavin Newsom. Along with a relentless push from mother Ana Estevez, actress Angelina Jolie has backed the effort.
A San Gabriel Valley state legislator’s bill seeking to require judges to take domestic violence training to inform them on child safety during custody proceedings is one step closer to the governor’s desk.
State Sen. Susan Rubio’s SB 616 – known as Piqui’s Law, after the 5-year-old boy who was murdered by his father in the time period when his parents were going through a divorce — passed through the Assembly on Aug. 15.
If it gets through the Senate, and if signed by the governor, the bill would align with federal provisions within the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in order to receive funding to reform family court.
That reform would require state court judges to take training that proponents say would help them recognize and respond to child abuse, domestic violence and trauma when they look to make custody decisions amid parental legal disputes.
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