As the California Legislature's latest session winds down, lawmakers are sending a military sexual assault bill to the governor's desk.
This bill is from state Senator Alex Padilla and puts control over sexual assaults involving members of the California National Guard, the State Military Reserve, and the Naval Militia into the hands of local civilian authorities.
"California is the first to embark on a legislative change to this effect. If this is signed into law, we hope that it serves as a model for Congress to follow eventually, but for other states to follow in the near term," Padilla said.
He says the bill also would also require the California Military Department to report annually to the governor and the Legislature on sexual assault statistics and the department's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program.