SACRAMENTO – Governor Brown has signed important legislation authored by Assemblymember Brian Maienschein. Assembly Bill 465 will help protect our kids in youth sports leagues, and Assembly Bill 1029 will clean up a complication regarding the distribution of trusts and estates.

Assembly Bill 465 will clarify that youth sports leagues may conduct criminal background checks on all paid and volunteer coaches. Currently, non-school related youth sports leagues have inconsistent policies regarding background checks for their volunteers and coaches. These inconsistencies can allow individuals with criminal histories, including violent crimes against children, to obtain and hold coaching positions in local sports leagues.

“Having been the coach of my daughters’ soccer team, I understand that sports can play a positive role in a child’s life by creating an environment that fosters character building, giving kids self-confidence and a sense of worth,” Maienschein said. “However, for some kids this experience has been stolen from them as they become the victims of sexual abuse. I am pleased the Governor signed my legislation, which will allow youth sports leagues to demonstrate they are committed to ensuring the safety of the children playing in their leagues. It will also help build a stronger relationship of trust between parents and coaches.”

Governor Brown also signed Assemblymember Maienschein’s Assembly Bill 1029. California law provides guidance to trustees administering trusts regarding how to allocate receipts between income and principal. In general, funds received by a trust from a business entity are ordinarily allocated to income. However, funds received in complete or partial liquidation are directed to be allocated to principal. The difficulty arises when there has been a “partial liquidation.”

“Recent case law shows that the existing bright line rules ignore important considerations and are not effective at accurately and consistently determining if there has been a partial liquidation,” Assemblymember Maienschein said. “The Governor’s signing of AB 1029 will bring greater clarity and fairness to the categorization of amounts received from business entities as between principal and income, as well as remedy the problems caused by current test methods.

Assemblymember Maienschein of San Diego represents the 77th Assembly District in the California Legislature, which includes the communities of 4S Ranch, Carmel Mountain Ranch, Carmel Valley, Clairemont, Del Dios, Del Mar Heights, Fairbanks Ranch, Kearny Mesa, Mira Mesa, Poway, Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Penasquitos, Rancho Santa Fe, Sabre Springs, San Carlos, San Pasqual Valley, Scripps Ranch, Sorrento Valley, and Tierrasanta.

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