State Sen. Leland Yee’s bill stemming from the infamous Richmond gang rape case has moved out of the Senate Public Safety Committee with a 6-0 vote.
The bill would require those who have witnessed someone under the age of 18 being raped, murdered or sexually molested to report it to authorities. This requirement currently extends only to victims under the age of 14.
“Ironically, California statute currently requires any person who, while hunting, kills or wounds a domestic animal to report the incident to authorities; yet all children are not provided the same protection,” Yee, D-San Francisoc, said in a statement. “While SB 840 will not solve all of our problems regarding violent crime, it is certainly another important tool in the tool box for law enforcement and prosecutors.”
The bill now heads to the Appropriations Committee.