California: What does the Judicial Council have to do with skateboard parks? Soon, maybe nothing.

Since 1995, California has enacted a series of laws related to the safety of its skateboard parks. The first, SB 1360 of 1995, prohibited a park operator from permitting skaters who did not wear a helmet, elbow pads, and knee pads. Starting in 1997, the Judicial Council became involved, when AB 1296 required local public agencies maintain a record of all known or reported injuries incurred by skateboarders in a public skateboard park and file them with the Judicial Council annually. The Council was then to submit a report this information to the legislature in March 2000. All provisions related to the Judicial Council were suppose to have been automatically repealed in 2003, by SB 994 of 2002 extended the filing requirements to 2008 and required another report in 2007 and SB 1179 of 2006 extended it again to 2012 with a report due in 2011.

SB 264 of 2011 seeks to end the nearly 15 years of involvement of the Judicial Council in skateboard parks. Instead, the records of injuries in  (and now, claims/lawsuits against) the skate parks would be  filed annually with the Assembly Committee on Judiciary and the Senate Committee on Judiciary.

SB 264, with amendments, was approved by the Senate Committee on Judiciary on May 2 and now goes to the Senate Committee on Appropriations.