Schwarzenegger vetoes county's right to hike marriage fees to fund domestic violence programs

Rejection comes at time of increased calls for help, proponents say

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's Thursday night veto of legislation that would help fund domestic violence prevention programs has vexed a state senator and worried shelter providers statewide.

The bill, SB 662, would have given counties throughout California the option of increasing by up to $10 a portion of marriage license fees that funds services for victims of domestic violence, according to Adam Keigwin, a spokesman for Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, who authored the bill.

The rejection of the shelter funding comes at a time when financial pressures are leading to increased calls for help at all national violence prevention agencies, according to Camille Hayes, a spokeswoman for the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence.

Economic recessions are proven to exacerbate violent relationships, Hayes said, possibly causing verbal or psychological abusers to advance to physical violence, and landing people already in physically abusive partnerships in emergency rooms with major injuries.

When shelters are not an option, "individuals far too often go back to their abuser, and that's when even greater tragedies happen for them and their children. That's just the brutal reality of this veto," Keigwin said.

The only provision for shelter funding in the current, stalled state budget talks is a request that $20.4 million be allocated to violence prevention agencies by the California Emergency Management Agency, Hayes said. That request is at risk for the same line-item veto that left shelters in crisis in 2009, she said.

Schwarzenegger explained in a statement that part of the reason he vetoed the bill Thursday was a lack of reporting requirements and a sunset date on the marriage fee increases.

He said the "large blanket authorization for all counties" for fee increases would make the success of the bill difficult to determine.

"The Legislature has failed to provide a well thought out plan to fund domestic violence shelters," Schwarzenegger said. "Until a budget is adopted and the appropriate level of domestic violence funding is determined, this bill is premature."

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Posted by Ray2447
a resident of another community
on Oct 2, 2010 at 10:04 am

Thank you Gov. Schwarzenegger, now how about making deeper cuts in domestic violence programs, especially considering the misandrist discrimination of the d.v. industry. V.P. Biden recently called violence against women, "the very worst abuse." The very worst abuse is valuing one life less than another for having been born the wrong sex. Under Biden's Violence Against Women Act the wrong sex is men. Shelter and services are virtually non-existent for male victims of domestic violence so those options out of a bad relationship, that are routinely available to women, are very often not available to men. Men wind up gender profiled and often falsely accused by the taxpayer funded, d.v. industry, because of gender feminist ideology controlling the d.v. industry. Men are often battered by domestic violence, and then battered again by the taxpayer funded, domestic violence industry. Credible research overwhelmingly shows that the ratio of d.v. is at least 50/50 between women & men. Web Link According to one study by researchers who work at the CDC, in 70% of domestic violence incidents, where the domestic violence is not mutual, it's women who initiate the domestic violence. Web Link The taxpayer funded domestic violence industry has largely mischaracterized the true nature of d.v. from the beginning and continues to mislead the public. D.V. law follows a gender feminist agenda/ideology over facts in evidence and does great harm to many innocent men (and also many battering women who need help) as shown in "Los Misandry" Web Link

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