Assembly Member Marie Waldron (R-Escondido) introduced AB 20 after the League’s General Assembly passed a resolution from the League’s San Diego Division raising public awareness and supporting tougher laws related to internet crimes against children. Motivated by a desire to ensure that the resolution became state law, Assembly Member Waldron made sure that this was among the first measures she introduced in the Legislature.
This measure builds upon groundbreaking human trafficking legislation enacted in 2011. AB 12, AB 90, and AB 799, all by former Assembly Member Sandré Swanson, collectively targeted commercial activity associated with sexually exploited minors and directed resources towards victim assistance programs.
The bill will be heard on June 4 in the Senate Public Safety Committee. The League is pleased to support Assembly Member Waldron and her efforts to strengthen laws protecting children from sexual exploitation.
Cities are encouraged to send in support letters on AB 20. A sample support letter along with the League’s support letter and bill language are available online