CALCASA-sponsored AB 2541 (Chu), which sought to clarify California's Prompt Payment Act was signed today by Governor Schwarzenegger. The legislation closes a loophole whereby Rape Crisis Centers had been excluded from receiving timely payments from state agencies as a result of their non-profit status. Under the new Prompt Payment Act, state agencies are required to pay late payment penalties for invoices that are not paid within 45 days of receipt.

CALCASA would like to thank a Women's Place of Merced County who also co-sponsord this legislation. 


Referring to the domestic violence and rape crisis programs directly effected under the legislation, Governor Schwarzenegger stated: “I am proud to sign legislation to assist the worthy programs that provide safe havens for victims of abuse."

Today's signing caps off a season of legislative successes for CALCASA. Virtually every CALCASA sponsored or supported bill that arrived at the Governor's desk, left with his approval as California law.

The Governor also signed AB 2084 by Assemblymember Betty Karnette, which specifies that a portion of marriage license fees go directly to shelters for domestic violence victims. CALCASA had supported the measure on behalf of the bill's sponsor, the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence (CPEDV).