Committee approves to raise marriage licenses


State Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, sponsored the bill, saying the shelters are needed now more than ever.

"In any tough economic times where there are tensions , greater tensions in family, you will always see a rise in domestic violence incidents, and so as you can imagine then more and more individuals are hurting and there is a greater need for these services," he said.

The bill would give counties the option of increasing the cost of a marriage license from $23 to $33.

Also on Monday, the Legislature approved a bill authorized Yee, to fight human trafficking. It would allow for the seizure of property and add civil penalties of up to $25,000. It's on its way to the Senate.

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