The California State Assembly unanimously supported two of Assemblymember Brian Maienschein’s Assembly Bills. AB 1335, a public safety bill, gives increased sentencing to rapists who commit crimes against disabled victims and AB 264 removes an onerous provision in the temporary housing assistance option for homeless families, thus allowing for more flexibility for the families to utilize the service.

“I’m pleased with the progress my bills have made in such a short time,” said Assemblymember Maienschein. “This shows that the Legislature can work together on issues that positively impact our state.”

AB 1335, a public safety bill, gives increased sentencing to rapists who commit crimes against disabled victims. “It is abhorrent that we should have different sentencing structures for crimes committed against different groups of people. Rape is rape, no matter who the victim is and those with mental and physical disabilities should not be treated as lesser people,” Maienschein said.

Assemblymember Maienschein is also continuing his previous work in helping to curb homelessness with his Assembly Bill 264.  This bill removes an onerous provision in the temporary housing assistance program for homeless families, thus allowing more flexibility for the families to utilize the service.

“With more children homeless than ever before, it is imperative to help families to secure housing,” said Assemblymember Maienschein. “AB 264 will provide parents with more options to keep their families off the streets, find employment, and move them into a permanent residence.”

Both bills are now on their way to the State Senate where they will be assigned to their respective committees and likely be heard in the next few months.

Assemblymember Maienschein of San Diego represents the 77th Assembly District in the California Legislature.