International Cruise Victims Article
On 06/05/2011 Kendall Carver of International Cruise Victims Association wrote the following article:
As you know, Monday and Tuesday Jamie, Laurie, Jim Walker and myself were in Sac for the first hearing on our bill. Monday night we were advised that the legal counsel of the committee was strongly opposed to the bill since they felt it would be over ruled by the court on the basis that this was not a state issue but a federal issue. It clearly appeared that the bill would fail to pass the committee.
Jim Walker flew in from Florida to argue this point that California did have the authority to pass this legislation. At the hearing, Jamie, myself and Laurie testified concerning the fact that victims are not obtaining justice currently in three emotional presentation. Guess what? The committee agreed and it was passed by this committee with only one person not voting. People in the audience were in tears at the ICV presentation and Jim, while there, did not even have to testify on the legal question.
ICV won another battle and now we go on to the next committee in a few weeks. By the way, the committee we met with yesterday is the one that killed our bill two years ago.
WHILE SEVERAL OF YOU HAVE SENT LETTERS OF SUPPORT, FOR THOSE THAT HAVE NOT DONE SO WE WOULD APPRECIATE YOUR TAKING THE TIME TO SEND THE FOLLOW LETTER. WE HAVE FOUR MORE HEARINGS PLUS A VOTE IN THE ASSEMBLY AND SENATE TO HAVE THIS BILL TURNED INTO LAW SO WE HAVE OUR WORK CUT OUT FOR US.
YOUR EFFORTS TO SEND THIS LETTER IS MOST HELPFUL AS WE MOVE FORWARD.
WE NEED YOUR ASSISTANCE
Last week we advised you of a new bill that has been introduced in the California state assembly (AB 1060). This bill will allow all victims of crime on cruise ships coming into California to contact the local police, in addition to the FBI, so that they may assist in taking action against those who committed the crime. The first hearing regarding this bill will be held on May 3rd in Sacramento. It would be very helpful for us and Assemblymember Hernandez, our sponsor, to receive a letter of support for this legislation.
Currently only a very few (4 to 6 a year in the entire United States) are convicted of crimes that occur on cruise ships. This bill, which will allow local California law enforcement to take action, will be an historic step toward securing victims’ rights and justice for all cruise passengers.
Whether or not you live in California, please take the attached letter as a sample or copy and paste the following and fax or e-mail a copy to the following address. In addition, those of you who are California residents or who have friends or family in California, please revise and send the letter below to your own Assembly member so that they too might support the bill.