CA Senator Susan Rubio’s Statement on Piqui’s Law

August 25, 2022

SACRAMENTO, CA – California Senator Susan Rubio (D-Baldwin Park) today released a statement on holding her family court reform bill, Senate Bill 616, Piqui’s Law: Keeping Children Safe From Family Violence:

“I introduced Piqui’s Law because children continue to be murdered at the hands of an abusive parent during custody disputes. Piqui was among those innocent children and one of the reasons behind our national movement to reform the judicial system. Judges and court employees are best positioned to help avoid this loss of life. It is unfortunate that the Judicial Council’s resistance stifled our ability to include stronger protections for victims.

“Despite strong efforts by my colleague, Senator Tom Umberg, Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Piqui’s Law did not achieve our goals. Advocates and I agreed that it was too important to get this law right and decided to continue to work on it. I want to thank Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins, Senate Leadership, and the Governor’s staff for all their support and commitment to me, Piqui’s mother, Ana Estevez, the Center for Judicial Excellence, and stakeholders to craft legislation that makes California a leader in judicial reform.”

Senator Susan Rubio represents Senate District 22. For more information, visit


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