Benitez-Thompson declined to comment during a break in committee meetings. She later released a statement.
“I’m grateful to see this bill clear an important hurdle. I have been championing this issue long before session started, because I know this is one of the last frontiers women face when it comes to inequality in the justice system,” she wrote. “With this additional amendment, we are ensuring that victims get timely justice regardless of the cost. No price tag should limit anyone from getting their justice.”
Assembly Bill 97 will survive a hectic Friday deadline. Scores of other proposals will die at midnight.