Gavin’s Law Fails to Pass Assembly Appropriations Committee
SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Jim Patterson has learned that Gavin’s Law (AB 1067) failed to pass out of the Assembly Appropriations Committee. This eliminates the possibility for the bill to move forward during this legislative session.
Gavin’s Law passed nearly unanimously, twice, through the Assembly in past years. It would have increased penalties for fatal hit-and-run crashes. When DUI drivers leave the scene and have time to sober up before being caught, they avoid a potential 15-year sentence for felony DUI charges.
Gavin’s Law is named beloved Central Valley vice principal Gavin Gladding. Gavin was killed in a hit-and-run accident in September 2018. The driver was sentenced to three years, but only served 13 months behind bars.
Assemblyman Patterson is incredibly grateful for the powerful testimony shared by Gavin’s mother Rita Gladding, and Mike Osegueda, whose sister Courtney Osegueda was killed in a hit-and-run crash in February 2021 in Oakland.
Neither Assemblyman Patterson nor the Gladding family are available for comment. The Osegueda family is interested in speaking should you want additional comment.
(From the office of Assemblyman Jim Patterson)