The California State Senate Judiciary Committee passed SB 1524–the "Armenian Genocide Bank and Looted Assets Recovery Act" on May 9–granting Armenian genocide victims and their heirs access to California courts to recover bank deposits wrongfully withheld since the Armenian genocide.
During consideration of SB 1524–the committee voted to accept a hostile amendment that attaches another act–SB 1765 to the Armenian Genocide Bank and Looted Assets Recovery Act. Vetoed three times by consecutive administrations–the attached bill entitles lawsuits to be filed for wrongfully repatriated Mexican Americans during the 1930s.
As a result–the Armenian bill that had previously enjoyed bi-partisan backing and unanimous support since its introduction is now attached to a highly controversial and unrelated bill–endangering its ability to be signed by the Governor and become law. This bill would make the operation of its provisions contingent upon the enactment of SB 1765.
What You Can Do:
Introduced by Senate Judiciary Committee member Martha Escutia–the hostile amendment received the support of Committee chairman Joseph Dunn–and members Martha Escutia–Sheila Kuehl and Dick Ackerman.
While the ANCA-WR supports the correcting of all historic wrongs–it urges the separation of the two distinct bills so that each is considered separately–based on individual merits.
The ANCA-WR urges members of the community to contact these members of the Judiciary Committee to express disappointment with the hostile amendment and urge the senators to restore the separate status of each act.
They can be reached at their Sacramento offices by calling:
Senator Joseph Dunn (D-Garden Grove) – (916) 651-4034 – [email protected]
Senator Dick Ackerman (R-Fullerton) – (916) 651-4033 – senator.ackerman’sen.ca.gov
Senator Martha Escutia (D-Montebello) – (916) 651-4030 – [email protected]
Senator Sheila Kuehl (D-Los Angeles) – (916) 651-4023 – [email protected]