Legislation

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Announces Support for Senator Wieckowski’s Economic Equity and Financial Stability Legislative Package

August 26, 2015
Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.gov

SACRAMENTO -- Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced her support for State Senator Bob Wieckowski’s Economic Equity and Financial Stability Initiative, a three-bill package to protect consumers from abusive debt buyer practices and help struggling Californians manage their personal debt and gain a fresh financial start.

“This legislation will help many Californians manage their debt without being abused,” said Attorney General Harris. “Low-wage earners fighting to pay down debt are often harmed by abusive debt collection practices that keep them from reaching financial stability. This legislation will offer consumers a path to getting their finances back on track and give them the tools to fight back against predatory practices.”

The initiative consists of SB 308, SB 501, and SB 641:

  • SB 308 – Allows debtors to retain enough of their assets so that they can get back on their feet after a bankruptcy.
  • SB 501 – Establishes a tiered garnishment rate to lower the unjustly high percentage of income currently taken from low-income workers’ paychecks.
  • SB 641 – Provides low-income consumers with legal recourse to avoid being forced to pay off someone else’s debt or a debt they have already paid.

“Attorney General Harris is fearless when it comes to standing up to some of the abuses of banks and debt collectors, whose sloppy work and misconduct puts consumers in harm’s way and threatens their financial futures,” Wieckowski said. “She is a tireless fighter for consumers and I am proud to join countless working families throughout California in welcoming her support for this initiative.”

All three bills have passed the state Senate and SB 501 and SB 641 are on the Assembly floor.  SB 308 is currently in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.  The bills enjoy a broad array of support from a diverse coalition of organizations ranging from AARP to labor to legal aid groups.

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Releases Statement on Proposed Clean Energy Legislation

August 27, 2015
Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.gov

SACRAMENTO -- Attorney General Kamala D. Harris released the following statement on SB 350, the Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015, and SB 32, Climate Pollution Reduction Beyond 2020:

“Today, millions of Californians enjoy cleaner air and water because of our state's longstanding efforts to improve our environment.  SB 350 and SB 32 build on this legacy by setting aggressive but achievable clean energy goals. These bills will ensure California continues to innovate smart solutions to climate change while growing our economy and improving public health.”

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Issues Statement on President Obama’s Clean Power Plan

August 3, 2015
Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.gov

LOS ANGELES – Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today released the following statement in support of President Barack Obama’s America’s Clean Power Plan which will limit the amount of greenhouse gases emitted by fossil fuel-fired power plants.

“Power plants emit pollutants that contribute to climate change and, left unchecked, those pollutants harm our natural resources and pose a grave threat to public health,” said Attorney General Harris. “California is leading the world in curbing greenhouse gas emissions and pioneering clean and renewable energy.  The President’s clean power plan, combined with California’s green innovation, create a path for the nation to protect our environment for current and future generations.”

Attorney General Harris has fought to protect AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, which has served as a global model for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. In 2014 and 2015, Attorney General Harris and a coalition of states intervened in cases filed in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to defend the EPA’s authority to propose rules limiting emissions of greenhouse gases from existing power plants.

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Sponsors Cyber-Exploitation Legislation

March 2, 2015
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SACRAMENTO –Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced a package of bills that will increase protections for victims and provide tools for law enforcement to prosecute the growing number of cyber-exploitation cases in California.

Cyber-exploitation, commonly known as revenge porn, is defined as the non-consensual distribution and publication of intimate photos and videos. The poster sometimes obtains the photos or videos during a prior relationship, or steals them by hacking into the victim’s phone, computer, or social media accounts.

“Cyber-exploitation is a heinous crime that humiliates and degrades victims, while creating devastating effects on their personal and professional lives,” said Attorney General Harris. “This legislation will provide law enforcement with tools to prosecute these crimes, and provide critical support to victims suffering from the debilitating impacts.” 

Senate Bill 676 (Cannella, R-Ceres) would classify the intentional distribution of personal identifying information associated with the image of an intimate body part, obtained without the consent of the person depicted, as a new crime under Penal Code 647. Additionally, SB 676 would expand the forfeiture provision for possession of child pornography to include the forfeiture of cyber-exploitation images, allowing law enforcement to remove these images from unauthorized possession.

"Several years ago, it was brought to my attention that countless lives were being destroyed because another person they trusted distributed compromising photos of them online. As a result, I created legislation that makes this activity illegal," said Cannella. "I quickly realized, however, there was much more to be done. As technology evolves, unfortunately, so does the rate of these cyber-crimes – increasing the number of victims impacted. And while I wish these types of crimes didn’t exist, SB 676 and AB 1310 will provide even more protection to victims."

Assembly Bill 1310 (Gatto, D-Glendale) would amend Penal Code 1524 to allow search warrants to be issued for crimes related to cyber-exploitation. Amending this statute will give law enforcement the ability to search electronic databases and retrieve the victims’ images. AB 1310 will also allow for the prosecution of cyber-exploitation cases in the county where the victim resides or in the county where the images was posted. Since posters and website operators commonly reside outside of the victim’s jurisdiction, this change in the law will relieve some of the burden placed on the victim during the prosecution of the case.

 “AB 1310 will make it more difficult for criminals to escape prosecution by allowing district attorneys and law enforcement to investigate and prosecute those who exploit their victims across multiple jurisdictions,” said Gatto.

In 2011, Attorney General Harris created the eCrime Unit to identify and prosecute identity theft crimes, cybercrimes and other crimes involving the use of technology. In February, a jury in San Diego County found Kevin Bollaert, the operator of a cyber-exploitation website, guilty of 6 counts of extortion and 21 counts of identity theft. He is currently awaiting sentencing. This was the first criminal prosecution of a cyber-exploitation website operator in the nation. 

In February 2014, Attorney General Harris announced the arrest of Casey E. Meyering, 28, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, who operated the website WinByState.com. He is charged with 5 felony extortion counts and is currently awaiting trial in Napa County. Both cases arose from investigations by the California Attorney General’s eCrime unit.

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris and Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin Announce Legislation to Improve Transparency and Accountability for Commercial Charitable Fundraisers

February 24, 2015
Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.gov

SACRAMENTO - Today, Attorney General Kamala D. Harris and Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks) unveiled legislation aimed at maintaining consumer confidence in charitable giving.  The bill would close a loophole in disclosure requirements for paid commercial fundraising campaigns and include for-profit fundraising firms and other third parties who engage in misconduct in the Attorney General’s 10-year statute of limitations.

“Californians should have complete confidence that the donation they make to a charitable organization will go toward the cause they support, and feel secure knowing their gift won’t be diverted to the pockets of a third-party, for-profit fundraiser,” said Attorney General Harris.  “I thank Assemblymember Irwin for standing with me to increase transparency and empower Californians with the information they need to donate wisely.”

Assembly Bill 556 closes a loophole in existing charitable giving transparency requirements that currently allows third parties to solicit funds from donors without disclosing whether a portion of their gift will be diverted to a paid company by establishing their operations as “fundraising counsel” instead of “commercial fundraisers.”  Attorney General Harris’ office recently released a report summarizing the results of charitable solicitation campaigns conducted by commercial fundraisers in 2013, which reveals the alarming extent to which charitable donations are often diverted to for-profit companies.

For-profit third party fundraisers played a role in a recent charity enforcement case, People v. Help Hospitalized Veterans, where a charitable fraud scheme included directing nearly three-quarters of the gross revenue made to for-profit fundraising campaigns in which the charity’s “fundraising counsel” was not required to disclose in their direct mail pieces that a paid professional fundraiser was profiting from each donation.

In addition, because of a gap in the Government Code’s statute of limitations for charitable misconduct lawsuits, not all parties responsible for the fraud in the Help Hospitalized Veterans case were able to be held accountable.  AB 556 will expand the statute to include enforcement actions against commercial fundraisers, fundraising counsel, and other third party entities that aid and abet the exploitation of charitable assets.  This ten year window is often necessary in such cases, which are complex, fact-intensive, and cover misconduct occurring over an extended period of time.

“As a city councilmember and board member of local nonprofits in Ventura County, I saw the enormous positive impact that charities have on our communities,” said Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks). “AB 556 will help keep bad behavior by a few from undermining the confidence that Californians have in the more than 70,000 active nonprofit organizations doing great work in California.  I commend Attorney General Kamala Harris for her work on this issue and look forward to working with her on AB 556.”

In late 2014, a comprehensive report on California’s non-profit sector, Causes Count, was issued by the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits), a “chamber of commerce” representing 9,200 nonprofits. According to the report, California’s charitable organizations contribute 15 percent — or one-sixth — of California’s Gross State Product.

“California nonprofits are trusted institutions,” said Jan Masaoka, CEO of CalNonprofits. “We support legislation like AB 556 that closes gaps in the law that no legitimate charity needs to exploit to fulfill its mission.  We appreciate that Attorney General Harris and Assemblymember Irwin support the non-profit sector’s role in California as an economic driver, an innovation leader, and a champion for hope and opportunity, always looking toward a better future.”

Legislative text available here.

View the Attorney General’s report on charitable solicitation campaigns conducted by commercial fundraisers here.

Read CalNonprofits’ Causes Count report here.

Assemblymember Irwin’s Website: www.asmdc.org/irwin

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Sponsors Legislation to Support Law Enforcement Efforts in Combatting Transnational Crime

February 23, 2015
Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.gov

SACRAMENTO – Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced her sponsorship of two bills that will help provide enhanced support to law enforcement agencies in their investigations of transnational criminal organizations.

Transnational criminal organizations have made California the single biggest point of entry for methamphetamine into the United States, with 70% entering through the San Diego Port of Entry. These organizations transfer billions of dollars out of the U.S. through California. As much as $40 billion in illicit funds were laundered in the state in 2012, according to Attorney General Harris’ 2014 report, Gangs Beyond Borders: California and the Fight Against Transnational Organized Crime.

“Transnational criminal organizations rely on a steady flow of billions of dollars in laundered money to support their operations,” Attorney General Harris said.  “The legislation I am sponsoring will equip local and state law enforcement with more tools to target their illicit profits and dismantle these dangerous organizations.” 

Senate Bill 298  (Block, D-San Diego) would add money laundering to the list of predicate offenses for wiretapping under Penal Code  629.52 if the money laundering is associated with a organized criminal group and the value of the transactions exceeds $50,000. Currently, the existing wiretap statute only applies to drug trafficking, human trafficking and street gang felonies – which all have a direct nexus to transnational criminal organizations. This bill would allow law enforcement to utilize wiretaps to investigate financial fraud, allowing them to target the financial pipeline that sustains the operations of transnational criminal organizations. 

“If money is the root of all evil, then money laundering is the insidious offshoot,” said State Senator Marty Block. “Money laundering camouflages the profit from heinous crimes such as human and weapons trafficking and allows criminals to profit from and expand their operations. SB 298 hands law enforcement another tool to fight the most grievous crimes they face.” 

Assembly Bill 443 (Alejo, D-Salinas) would allow for the preservation of criminal assets before charges are filed under the following circumstances:

  • at least $10,000 is at stake
  • the judge finds a substantial probability that charges will be filed and the government will prevail
  • the proceeds will otherwise be destroyed or made unavailable
  • the need to preserve outweighs any hardship of the party impacted.

AB 443 addresses the gap in law that prevents prosecutors from freezing criminal proceeds prior to an indictment being filed, leading to criminal organizations disposing of these assets once a charge has been brought against them. The bill will allow prosecutors to effectively disrupt and dismantle transnational criminal organizations and other sophisticated criminal profiteers.

“Gang violence and crime continue to be serious problems across the state, and we must take steps to diminish the grip they have on many of our most disadvantaged communities,” said Assemblyman Alejo.  “Many of these organizations are operating in cities that I represent - Salinas, Watsonville, Soledad and King City. They use our kids as pawns, many of whom wind up in jail or dead, and they do this all to make a profit.   By freezing the assets of criminal organizations, we hit them where it hurts most, and we can put a halt to their operations.”

In March 2014, Attorney General Harris issued “Gangs Beyond Borders: California and the Fight Against Transnational Organized Crime,” the first comprehensive report analyzing the current state of transnational criminal organizations in California. The report is the first comprehensive report analyzing the current state of transnational criminal organizations in California and the threats they pose to the state’s public safety and economy.

The report also outlined recommendations to address this problem, which include increased funding for state anti-narcotics trafficking task forces and additional coordination between federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies in combatting transnational criminal organizations. The report is available here: https://oag.ca.gov/transnational-organized-crime.

Following the release of this report, Attorney General Harris led a delegation of state attorneys general to Mexico to strengthen working relationships between the governments of both countries and enhance efforts to combat transnational crime. The delegation met with Mexican state attorneys general and federal officials to discuss the issues of drug, human and firearms trafficking, money laundering and high-tech crime.

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris and the four other state attorneys general also signed a letter of intent with the National Banking and Securities Commission of Mexico to establish a bi-national working group on money laundering enforcement. 

In October 2014, Attorney General Harris announced the creation of a new anti-methamphetamine team of Special Agents based Los Angeles funded by a $1 million federal grant. The team will be comprised of six Special Agents assigned to investigate illicit activities related to the manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine in California and will work in a coordinated effort with the other 18 existing California Department of Justice task forces. 

Over the past four years, California Department of Justice special agents have seized over $200 million in cash, 10,000 kilos of cocaine, 12,000 pounds of methamphetamine, and taken nearly 12,000 illegal guns off the streets in California.

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Issues Bulletin on Campus Sexual Assault and Safety

January 27, 2015
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SAN FRANCISCO – Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today issued an information bulletin to California law enforcement agencies, higher education administrators and campus security personnel, providing enforcement guidance on new and amended sexual assault and campus safety laws. The bulletin summarizes SB 967 (Senate pro Tempore Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles) and AB 1433 (Assemblymember Mike Gatto, D-Glendale), gives enforcement guidance in the context of existing state and federal statutes, and encourages increased collaboration between law enforcement and campus authorities.

“The threat of sexual assault is real and pervasive,” said Attorney General Harris. “Last year California adopted some of the most aggressive campus sexual assault laws in the country. Today’s bulletin ensures that education leaders and law enforcement understand their responsibilities under these laws, enforce them consistently, and collaborate to protect victims.” 

The two new laws create reporting requirements and standards for campus disciplinary procedures.

SB 967 requires California postsecondary institutions – in order to receive state funds for financial assistance – to adopt comprehensive, victim-centered policies and disciplinary procedures concerning sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. Under the law, an institution’s policy governing its campus disciplinary process must use an affirmative consent standard – defined as an affirmative, conscious and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity – to determine whether a sexual assault complainant consented.   

SB 967 requires campuses to use a preponderance of the evidence standard when adjudicating complaints in the campus disciplinary process. This means the evidence must show it is “more likely than not” – i.e., greater than 50 percent likelihood – that the victim did not consent. The law also requires postsecondary institutions to partner with campus and community organizations to refer both victims and perpetrators to health, counseling, advocacy and legal services.

“The laws we pursue in the California legislature set an example for the rest of the country,” Senate pro Tempore de León stated. “With 1 in 5 women on college campuses experiencing sexual assault, it’s our responsibility to secure a safe learning environment for our students.”

AB 1433 specifies that as a condition for participation in the Cal Grant program, campus security authorities are required to immediately – or as soon as practicably possible – disclose to local law enforcement any report of a violent crime, hate crime or sexual assault, whether committed on- or off-campus. Postsecondary governing boards must implement policies and procedures by July 1, 2015, to ensure reports of these crimes are immediately forwarded to the appropriate law enforcement agency.  

“Students at our colleges and universities deserve to learn without living in fear of sexual assault, and they deserve to know that crimes that occur on campus won’t be treated any differently than those that occur elsewhere in our community,” said Assemblymember Mike Gatto.  “I thank Attorney General Harris for her advice and collaboration in these matters.”

AB 1433 builds on existing state and federal requirements for campus and law enforcement collaboration. California law already requires postsecondary institutions to enter into written agreements with local law enforcement agencies. The federal Clery Act also requires campus officials to contact local law enforcement to obtain accurate statistics about crimes reported on or near campus. 

Attorney General Harris has a longstanding commitment to reducing sexual violence and seeking justice for sexual assault victims. In her first year in office, Attorney General Harris eliminated a longstanding backlog of untested rape kits in state-run labs – which included 1,300 DNA cases.  In April 2014, the California Attorney General’s Rapid DNA Service Team received the United States Department of Justice Award for Professional Innovation in Victim Services. Attorney General Harris is currently prosecuting two operators of cyber exploitation websites who, combined, facilitated the posting of over 10,000 sexually explicit photos and extorted victims to remove the illicit content.

 In the coming months, the Attorney General’s Office will release additional guidance suggesting ways in which law enforcement and campus personnel can comply with the new laws and facilitate justice for victims and accountability for perpetrators. 

To view the information bulletin click here: http://bit.ly/1CcwfB1

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Issues Consumer Alert on Driver License Scams Targeting Immigrants

December 4, 2014
Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.gov

En Español

SAN FRANCISCO Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today issued a consumer alert to Californians about possible scams targeting immigrants and their families. 

Under a new California law, Assembly Bill 60 (AB 60), California residents will be eligible to get a driver license regardless of their immigration status.  This law takes effect on January 1, 2015.  In preparation for AB 60, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has hired additional employees, held department-wide training, and is opening new, temporary offices to handle extra driver license appointments.

Individuals applying for a driver license under AB 60 must show satisfactory proof of identity, proof of California residency, and meet all other qualifications for getting a driver license, including passing a knowledge test, vision test, and behind-the-wheel driving test, which will be taken after getting a temporary driver permit.

When major changes to laws affecting immigrants are passed, con artists often emerge to prey on vulnerable consumers.  This consumer alert will give you tips on how to avoid and report driver license scams.

Do not pay anyone to complete your driver license application:

The Attorney General recommends that you complete your driver license application alone or with the help of trusted family or friends.  The process is simple and the DMV provides free resources to guide you.  You should not pay anyone to help you complete driver license documents!

Beginning January 1, 2015, it will be illegal for anyone to accept money solely for completing a driver license application for another person.  Be wary of anyone who says they have “connections” with the DMV.  They are likely lying; no one can speed up the process of getting a driver license for you! 

Driver license examinations are available in many languages and can be given orally by a DMV employee on request.  If you need an interpreter, call 1-800-777-0133 and indicate that foreign language assistance is needed.  Do not pay anyone who offers to translate documents for you;  the DMV offers free translation services!

The cost for completing the application for a Class C (most cars) or Class M (motorcycles and scooters) license is $33.  A driver license under AB 60 is the same price as other licenses.  Only pay this fee to the DMV directly; any payment to someone else is likely a scam.

HELPFUL RESOURCES:

To learn more about getting your driver license, visit http://apps.dmv.ca.gov/ab60/ (English) or https://apps.dmv.ca.gov/ab60/index_es.html (Español). 

For a list of accepted proofs of identify, visit https://apps.dmv.ca.gov/ab60/doc_req_matrix.pdf (English) or http://apps.dmv.ca.gov/ab60/docreqmatrix_span.pdf (Español). 

For a sample driver license application, visit: https://apps.dmv.ca.gov/teenweb/permit_btn1/dl44sample.pdf.  However, your application (Form DL 44) must be completed at the DMV. 

California Driver Handbooks and sample driver license examinations are available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Armenian, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Punjabi, Russian Tagalog, and Vietnamese.  For a copy of the California Driver Handbook and sample driver license examinations in any of these languages, visit:  http://apps.dmv.ca.gov/ab60/#handbooks

To schedule a visit to the DMV, visit  https://www.dmv.ca.gov/foa/clear.do?goTo=officeVisit.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE THE VICTIM OF A SCAM:

The California Department of Justice, in its role as the state’s enforcer of consumer protection, collects complaints on scams in order to detect patterns of wrongdoing. By submitting a complaint, you are contributing to California’s ability to investigate and prosecute known offenders and stop scammers from victimizing others. To file a complaint with our office, use one of the following complaint forms:

English: http://oag.ca.gov/contact/consumer-complaint-against-business-or-company

En Español:  http://oag.ca.gov/sites/all/files/agweb/pdfs/contact/business_corpform_sp.pdf

中文:  http://oag.ca.gov/sites/all/files/agweb/pdfs/contact/business_corpform_chin.pdf

Tiếng Việt:  http://oag.ca.gov/sites/all/files/agweb/pdfs/contact/business_corpform_viet.pdf

Procuradora General Kamala D. Harris Presenta Alerta Sobre Posibles Estafas Dirigidas a los Inmigrantes y sus Familias

December 4, 2014
Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.gov
SAN FRANCISCO – La procuradora general Kamala D. Harris presentó hoy una alerta a los consumidores californianos sobre posibles estafas dirigidas a los inmigrantes y sus familias. 

Según una nueva ley de California, Proyecto de Ley 60 (AB 60), los residentes de California serán considerados elegibles para obtener una licencia de conducir sin importar su condición inmigratoria.  Esta ley entrará en vigor el 1.° de enero de 2015.  En preparación para el AB 60, el Departamento de Vehículos Motorizados (Department of Motor Vehicles, DMV) contrató empleados adicionales, llevó a cabo capacitaciones en todo el departamento, y abrirá nuevas oficinas temporarias para realizar las citas adicionales y obtener la licencia de conducir.

Las personas que soliciten una licencia de conducir de acuerdo con el AB 60 deben presentar una prueba satisfactoria de identidad, una prueba de residencia en California y deben cumplir con los demás requisitos para obtener una licencia de conducir, entre los que se incluyen la aprobación de una prueba de conocimiento, un examen de la visión y una prueba de conducción al volante, la cual se realizará luego de haber obtenido un permiso de conducir temporario.

Cuando se aprueban cambios radicales a las leyes que afectan a los inmigrantes, a menudo surgen estafadores que se aprovechan de los consumidores vulnerables.  Esta alerta a los consumidores le brindará consejos sobre cómo evitar y denunciar fraudes a las licencias de conducir.

No le pague a nadie para que complete su solicitud de licencia de conducir: 

La procuradora le recomienda completar la solicitud de licencia de conducir solo o con la ayuda de un familiar o amigo de confianza.  El proceso es simple y el DMV brinda recursos gratuitos para guiarlo.  No debe pagarle a nadie para que lo ayude a completar la documentación de la licencia de conducir.

A partir del 1.° de enero de 2015, será ilegal aceptar dinero solamente por completar una solicitud de licencia de conducir para un tercero.  Tenga cuidado con las personas que dicen tener "un contacto" en el DMV.  Probablemente están mintiendo. Nadie puede acelerar el proceso para que usted obtenga una licencia de conducir.  

Las pruebas para la licencia de conducir están disponibles en varios idiomas o, mediante solicitud, un empleado del Departamento de Vehículos Motorizados las puede otorgar oralmente.  Si necesita un intérprete, llame al 1-800-777-0133 e indique que necesita asistencia en un idioma extranjero.  No le pague a nadie que se ofrezca a traducirle la documentación. El DMV ofrece servicios de traducción gratuitos.

El costo para completar la solicitud de obtención de licencia clase C (la mayoría de los automóviles) o clase M (motocicletas y scooters) es de $33.  Una licencia de conducir que cumple los requisitos del AB 60 está al mismo costo que otras licencias.  Solo pague esta tarifa directamente al DMV. Los pagos realizados a un tercero probablemente sean una estafa.

RECURSOS ÚTILES:

Para obtener más información sobre cómo obtener una licencia de conducir, visite http://apps.dmv.ca.gov/ab60/ (inglés) o https://apps.dmv.ca.gov/ab60/index_es.html (español). 

Para obtener una lista de pruebas de identificación aceptadas, visite https://apps.dmv.ca.gov/ab60/doc_req_matrix.pdf (inglés) o http://apps.dmv.ca.gov/ab60/docreqmatrix_span.pdf (español). 

Para obtener una solicitud para licencia de conducir de muestra, visite: https://apps.dmv.ca.gov/teenweb/permit_btn1/dl44sample.pdf.  No obstante, la solicitud (Formulario DL 44) debe completarse en el Departamento de Vehículos Motorizados. 

El Manual del conductor de California y las pruebas de licencia de conducir de muestra están disponibles en inglés, español, árabe, armenio, chino, persa, coreano, punyabi, ruso, tagalo y vietnamés.  Para obtener una copia del Manual del conductor de California y las pruebas de licencia de conducir de muestra en cualquiera de estos idiomas, visite: http://apps.dmv.ca.gov/ab60/#handbooks

Para programar una visita al Departamento de Vehículos Motorizados, visite: https://www.dmv.ca.gov/foa/clear.do?goTo=officeVisit.

QUÉ HACER SI ES VÍCTIMA DE UNA ESTAFA:

El Departamento de Justicia de California (California Department of Justice), como organismo encargado de hacer cumplir la ley sobre protección del consumidor, recopila quejas relacionadas con fraudes con el fin de detectar patrones de delitos. Al enviar una queja, contribuye a la capacidad de California de investigar y procesar a los delincuentes conocidos y evitar que los estafadores perjudiquen a otras personas. Para presentar una queja ante nuestra oficina, use uno de los siguientes formularios de queja:

Inglés: http://oag.ca.gov/contact/consumer-complaint-against-business-or-company

Español: http://oag.ca.gov/sites/all/files/agweb/pdfs/contact/business_corpform_sp.pdf?

Chino :  http://oag.ca.gov/sites/all/files/agweb/pdfs/contact/business_corpform_chin.pdf?

Vietnamita:  http://oag.ca.gov/sites/all/files/agweb/pdfs/contact/business_corpform_viet.pdf?

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Issues Statement on Elementary School Truancy Legislation

September 30, 2014
Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.gov

SACRAMENTO -- Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today issued the following statement on Governor Brown’s veto of A.B. 1866 and A.B. 1672 and his signing of A.B. 2141 and A.B. 1643:

“I am disappointed that Governor Brown vetoed AB 1866 and AB 1672. These are missed opportunities to help keep California's youngest and most vulnerable students on track. The facts are very clear. We know that nearly a million elementary school children are truant from our classrooms each year. We know foster, low-income and minority children are truant at much higher rates than other children. And we know truancy drives California's drop-out, crime and incarceration rates. We must get serious about keeping track of whether young children are in school.

The Governor has expressed his commitment to reducing absenteeism and his signature of AB 1643 and AB 2141 are good steps in the right direction. His pledge to do more with local school officials to address California’s elementary school truancy rates will, I hope, result in more tools to address this problem.

I thank Assemblymembers Bocanegra, Holden, Bonta, Hall and Buchanan and the parents, educators and communities who worked so diligently to move these bills forward. I commit to using every tool I have available to address this crisis in our schools.”