Los Angeles Times

California would build database of violent deaths under bill sent to governor

August 25, 2016

By Sophia Bollag

Californians might soon be able to look up data on violent deaths in the state if the governor signs a bill the state Senate sent him Thursday.

SB 877, authored by state Sen. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento), would require the Department of Public Health to collect data on violent deaths in the state, including shooting deaths, homicides and suicides.

The department would have to publish a summary and analysis of the data online.

The aggregate data would be public, but individual identifying information about the people involved in such deaths would be confidential.

From 2005 to 2010, California was part of a national violent death reporting project by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC has since stopped funding the project in California. 

SB 877 would allow California to apply for CDC grants to help fund the statewide project.