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Domestic Violence Bill Would Hike Marriage License Fees

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Marriage license fees would increase under a bill aimed at generating more state funds for domestic violence shelters. 

Capital Public Radio's Steve Shadley reports...
Democratic State Senator Leland Yee wants to raise the price of marriage licenses by ten dollars to help shelters that are scraping by because of the state’s budget crunch. 

Yee estimates his measure would create another two to five-million dollars a year for domestic violence programs. 

He says the additional funds are needed because so many Californians are using shelter services during the recession...
Yee:   “Given these tough economic times we have seen an uptick in the number of victims of domestic violence seeking assistance. So, as a result more and more individuals are in need of help...”
Yee says shelters need as much help as they can get because Governor Schwarzenegger has proposed eliminating 16-million dollars for them in his latest budget plan. 

Yee acknowledges that his bill won’t entirely fill the gap if the governor makes the cuts. But, he says it will return some of the money previously removed from the budget for shelters. 
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