Committee approves to raise marriage licenses

August 9, 2010 7:24:40 PM PDT
The senate judiciary committee approved a measure to raise the price of a marriage license by $10. The money would offset state cuts to shelters for domestic violence victims.

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.