Alameda County District Attorney's Office
Nancy E. O'Malley, District Attorney

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DA’s Office Partners with Asm Quirk to Help the Environment and Victims of DV

The Alameda County District Attorney's Office, under the leadership of District Attorney Nancy O'Malley, has partnered with Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) to introduce two important bills into the legislature:

AB 1973: clarifies that emergency medical service workers are mandated reporters.
AB 1980: extends the statute of limitations for the prosecution of violations of the Aboveground Petroleum Storage Act.

The two bills were authored by Asm Quirk and sponsored by the Alameda County DA's Office.

"AB 1973 makes clear that emergency medical service workers are mandated reporters for domestic violence. This clarification will enable and empower these first responders make a report, a proactive step vital to preventing further abuse and escalating violence. I believe this bill will save lives," said DA O'Malley.

"AB1980 enables prosecutors throughout the state to better protect the environment from petroleum spills. Petroleum spills from above ground storage tanks endanger the environment, pollute drinking water and imperil public health. To be consistent with many other environmental laws in California, this bill extends the statute of limitations for the prosecution of violations of the Aboveground Petroleum Storage Act. The bill will afford district attorney offices throughout the state additional time to hold polluters accountable for violations of these important tank laws and ultimately, bring those responsible to justice."

Asm Quirk said, “These bills are a reflection of two key priorities for me – helping victims of domestic violence and protecting our environment. I know that when first responders see abuse they report it. However, I was surprised to learn that emergency medical service workers are technically not mandated to do that. AB 1973 clarifies that. Truthfully, they are often at the frontline, helping victims of domestic violence escape their violent environment. AB 1980 protects the quality of drinking water, public health and the environment from contamination that can be caused by petroleum spills.”

Posted on Jan 31, 2018