Chelsea’s Law: Saldana Supported the Concept, but Abstained because Fletcher Left Out the Funding
It’s wrong to give victims of sexual predators false hope
“I regret that Mr. Peters has decided to use such a painful issue for many families to score
political points” Saldaña said.
“While I have never lost a child, a member of my own family was a victim of sexual violence
and I have seen firsthand the long-term emotional and physical devastation brought by violent
sexual predators. My heart goes out to the family of Chelsea.”
“The animal who did this to Chelsea King will spend the rest of his life in jail - and rightfully
so,” Saldaña said
“As I said on the floor of the Assembly, I strongly supported the direction that Assemblyman
Fletcher was taking the bill. But, as I feared, the bill still has not been implemented because it
failed to identify a secure funding source. I wished it had been a better bill because I believe that
victims deserve the best, most effective policy-making."
“I didn’t vote against it because I strongly support the bill’s intent. But, in good conscience, I
couldn’t vote for it because I think it would have been wrong to give false hope to victims of
these violent sexual predators.”
Saldaña was joined by two of her female colleagues, Budget Chair Noreen Evans and Rules
Chair Nancy Skinner in abstaining from the bill.