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California State Legislators Please Introduce Draft Bill to Reform Clergy Privilege

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Hon. California State Senators and Assembly Members please introduce draft bill (RN 1803892) to reform California's clergy "penitent communication" privilege statutes to align with appellate court decisions by February 16, 2018.

Since 2018 is an election year, this bill will help voters become more informed about politicians' positions on changing societal and institutional cultures by reforming California statutes to prevent child abuse or child sexual abuse, or civil statute of limitation reform in California in 2019.

This bill is intended to increase public safety, prevent abuse survivors from being re-traumatized in religious disciplinary meetings, prevent religious leaders from using "undue influence" to manipulate individuals and discourage reporting of abuse and neglect, and reduce court costs passing judgement on overly broad interpretations of clergy "penitential communication" privilege that attempt to shield a religion or clergy from not fulfilling their duty to report abuse and neglect in California.

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