Heart of LA Democratic Club has endorsed the following bills this year (as of May 2021) and in support, we've joined coalitions, submitted formal positions of support, rallied on social media and issued/engaged in calls to action. Please check back for updates and advocacy opportunities as the legislative cycles continue.
CA Legislative Women’s Caucus policy priorities
AB 865 Child Care Services: Alternative Payment Programs (Quirk-Silva) - lessen the financial hardships imposed on California’s family child care providers. AB865
AB 1287 Eliminate the Pink Tax (Garcia/Burke/Gonzales/Bauer-Kahan) -prohibits the practice of applying higher prices on goods marketed to women. AB1287
SB 4 The Broadband for All Act (Gonzalez/Aguiar-Curry) - close the digital divide & ensure that we meet the internet connectivity needs of all Californians. SB4
Criminal Justice Reform
AB118 Emergency Services: Community response/CRISES Act (Kamlager) - create a pilot grant program for community-based responses to local emergencies, including public health and mental health crises, unhoused people in crisis, people exposed to intimate partner or community violence, with a substance use disorder or impacted by natural or climate disasters. AB118
AB 57 Law enforcement: hate crimes (Gabriel/Chiu/Min) - increase training for law enforcement & data collection for hate crimes AB57
AB 1440 Civil rights crimes (Bauer-Kahan) - allow district attorneys to charge terrorist threats as a misdemeanor or felony AB1440
AB 1126 Commission on the state of hate (Bloom) - establish a permanent statewide commission AB1126
SB 764 Domestic terrorism (Umberg/Stern/Min) - establish a statewide domestic terrorism task force at the state’s Dept. of Justice SB764
AB 32 Telehealth (Aguiar-Curry/R. Rivas) – will ensure that telehealth and telephonic care is available to Medi-Cal patients beyond the federal COVID-19 public health emergency, which expires December 2021. AB32
AB71 Bring California Home (Rivas) - secure guaranteed annual funding to address homelessness AB71
AB1487 Legal Services Trust Fund Commission: Homelessness Prevention Fund (Gabriel/Chiu/Santiago) - fund a guaranteed right to counsel program for renters statewide to prevent evictions AB1487
AB 1401 Residential and commercial development: parking requirements (Friedman/Abundant Housing) - eliminate local parking requirements for homes & businesses within a half-mile of transit. AB 1401
SB 234 SUPPORT Act (Supporting Underserved Young People for Positive Resets and Transitions)/Transition Aged Youth Housing (Wiener) – creates a $100 million forgivable loan program to fund new housing or acquire existing housing for transition age youth between ages 16 and 26.SB234
SB 364 Free School Meals for All (Skinner) - establish a statewide Universal Meal Plan starting in the 2022-2023 school year & guarantee free breakfast and lunch for all California students. SB 364 **due to inclusion in the Governor’s May Revise and the state Senate’s Build Back Boldly Budget plan, SB 364 will now be a two-year bill
SB 628 California Creative Workforce Act (Allen) - establish creative arts workforce development as a state priority & promote employment and “earn and learn" job training opportunities for creative workers. SB 628
SB 805 Performing Arts Relief Act (Rubio/Allen) - enact legislation that would permit small nonprofit performing arts organizations to pay production artists as independent contractors under certain circumstances, while still providing workers compensation insurance. SB 805
SB 691 Personal Income Tax Law: Earned Income Tax Credit: Young Child Tax Credit (Rubio) –will permanently increase the California EITC for workers excluded from the federal EITC based on their income or lack of eligible dependents and will expand eligibility for the Young Child Tax Credit. SB691
AB92 Family Fee Pandemic Relief Bill/preschool, childcare and development services (Reyes) - will eliminate state-mandated family fees for childcare through October 2022. AB92
Port Workers Support
SB338 Health and safety violations (Gonzalez) - add trucking companies to an existing Division of Labor Standards Enforcement “bad actor” list if those companies do not provide required health and safety protections & benefits. SB 338
AB794 Air pollution: purchase of vehicles and vehicle technology/labor (Carrillo) - ensure that public funding to manufacture & purchase cleaner vehicles is tied to labor standards. AB 794
SB700 Employment Development Department (Durazo) - ensure that misclassified workers are able to access Unemployment Insurance benefits SB700
SB 245 Abortion Accessibility Act (Gonzalez) - increases abortion access by prohibiting California-licensed health plans and insurers from applying patient cost-sharing to abortion and abortion-related services SB245
SB 523 Contraceptive Equity Act (Leyva) - modernize birth control access in California, and ensure greater contraceptive equity statewide, regardless of an individual’s gender or insurance coverage status SB523
AB 1356 Reproductive health care services (Bauer-Kahan) - protects reproductive health care employees, providers, volunteers and patients. AB1356
SB 65 California Momnibus Bill (Skinner) - address maternal and infant mortality disparities, provide additional health care via extended Medi-Cal eligibility for postpartum people, doula care, investment in the midwife workforce, and cash assistance for people with very low incomes. SB65
HLA Dems Legislative Endorsements for the November 3, 2020 General Elections:
STATE BALLOT MEASURES Prop 14 - Borrowing for STEM Cell Research: SUPPORT Prop 15 - Schools and Communities First: SUPPORT Prop 16 - Repeals Proposition 209, ending the ban on affirmative action: SUPPORT Prop 17 - Free the Vote, grants right to vote to people on parole: SUPPORT Prop 18 - Allows 17-years to vote, if they turn 18 by the general election: SUPPORT Prop 19 – Property tax breaks and wildfire fund: NO POSITION Prop 20 - Tougher on parole, property owners: OPPOSE Prop 21 - Expands local governments' authority to enact rent control: SUPPORT Prop 22 - Repeals AB5, classifies ride-hail, other app-drivers as self-employed: OPPOSE Prop 23 - Regulates dialysis clinics, requires doctors on-site at clinics: NO POSITION Prop 24 - Stronger consumer privacy laws: NO POSITION Prop 25 - End cash bail: SUPPORT
LOCAL JURISDICTION BALLOT MEASURES HLA Dems took NO POSITION on these 55 local measures
June 17, 2020
SB1237 - Expand Access to Maternal Healthcare AB2054 - The C.R.I.S.E.S. (Community Response Initiative to Strengthen Emergency Systems) ACA5 - repeal of Proposition 209 - Reinstate Affirmative Action
SB1237 -Expand Access to Maternal Healthcare The Board of HLA has voted to endorse SB1237. This bill would remove the requirement of physician supervision from the practice of nurse-midwifery in California so that every person can receive critical access to reproductive healthcare, including abortion care and high-quality, high-value maternity care.
We encourage you to send a note to your legislators through this form provided by our friends at NARAL.
AB2054 The CRISES Act. Too often, the only response available for people in need of support is the police, which can escalate a crisis and increase the risk of harm for everyone. It is the time for California to lead the country and invest in public safety responses that are rooted in community. Every day, community-based organizations are successfully responding to emergency situations and they have the expertise, relationships and networks to meet the needs of their communities.
The C.R.I.S.E.S. (Community Response Initiative to Strengthen Emergency Systems) - Act AB 2054 – authored by Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager-Dove - will create a 3-year pilot grant program for community-based response to local emergency calls including public health, mental health and substance abuse crises, unhoused people in crisis, people exposed to intimate partner or community violence and people impacted by natural or climate disaster.
When we invest in organizations rooted in community, we improve our resiliency, relationships, and strengthen connections--all of which are critical during this public health crisis.
You can help push for investments in community by emailing Governor Gavin Newsom, Speaker of the Assembly Anthony Rendon, Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins Toni Atkins, Chair of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Senator Holly Mitchell and the Budget Chair Assemblymember Ting to ask them to support The CRISES Act, AB 2054. Please register your strong support to ensure that the CRISES Act is not just passed, but fully funded so that California can once more lead the nation in bringing more justice and safety to every community. *TAKE ACTION NOW. SUBMIT YOUR SUPPORT HERE -- https://allianceforbmoc.org/crises-act
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ACA 5 - repeal of Proposition 209 on California’s November 2020 ballot
Let’s repeal a past that divide us. Support ACA5. HLA endorses ACA 5. The California State Assembly has the power to reinstate affirmative action and create a more just, fair and equitable California with the California Assembly Constitutional Amendment – ACA 5. Passage of ACA 5 would place a repeal of Proposition 209 on California’s November 2020 ballot – and it need your voice to make that a reality.
ACA 5 is about equal opportunity for all and investment in our communities. Together, we can stand up for our values and help end gender and racial discrimination in California. This is a historic moment in our country and in California. We have the chance to champion our progressive values and repudiate the racism of the Trump administration by voting to pass ACA 5.
It’s on all us to dismantle structural racism. Clearly, it’s past time to upend a system that denies women and people of color an equal shot at success and gives the rich and powerful an unfair advantage over everyone else. It’s time to build a stronger California by building a state that works for and protects everyone.
ACA 5 is a bold solution to level the playing field. It has the unanimous legislative support from the California Legislative Black Caucus, and support from the leadership of the California Legislative Latino and Women’s Caucuses, and last week passed the State Assembly. It’s now up to the Senate. TAKE ACTION.
Legislative Sexual Harassment Retaliation Prevention Act Bill #: SB-419 Region:CA Bill Introduced by: Portantino and Leyva Date: 07/05/18 Status: From committee: Do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on RLS. with recommendation: To consent calendar. (July 3). Description (italics are summaries, regular text is direct exerpt from bill): Protects employees of the legislature from retaliation for making sexual harrassment complaints. Endorsements: Consumer Attorneys of California, the California Employment Lawyers Association, Equal Rights Advocates Relevance to HLA mission: Preventing sexual harrassment and appropriately reddressing offenders is essential to women's equitable participation in the workforce and in public leadership.
Sexual assault: investigations Bill #: SB 3118 Region:CA Bill Introduced by: Chiu Date: 07/05/18 Status: Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on APPR. Description (italics are summaries, regular text is direct exerpt from bill): This bill would require all law enforcement agencies, medical facilities, crime laboratories, and any other facilities that receive, maintain, store, or preserve sexual assault evidence kits to conduct an audit of all untested sexual assault evidence kits in their possession and report certain data to the Department of Justice by no later than July 1, 2019. Endorsements: Stonewall Democratic Club Relevance to HLA mission: Provides justice to victims of rape, 95% of whom are women.
Rape kits: testing Bill #: SB 1449 Region:CA Bill Introduced by: Leyva Date: 07/05/18 Status: Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on APPR. Description (italics are summaries, regular text is direct exerpt from bill):Requires testing of rape kits (existing law encourages rather than requires testing) Endorsements: Stonewall Democratic Club Relevance to HLA mission: Provides justice to victims of rape, 95% of whom are women.
Firearms: multiburst trigger activators. Bill #: SB 1346 Region:CA Bill Introduced by: Jackson Date: 06/13/18 Status: Read second time. Ordered to third reading. Description (italics are summaries, regular text is direct exerpt from bill): Bans bump stocks Endorsements: American Academy of Pediatrics, Women Against Gun Violence Relevance to HLA mission: Promotes well-being of children in schools along with teachers who are predominantly female, promotes safety of women who may be targeted by shooters.
Student services: lactation accommodations Bill #: AB 2785 Region:CA Bill Introduced by: Rubio Date: 06/13/18 Status: Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on APPR. Description (italics are summaries, regular text is direct exerpt from bill): Requires public universities/colleges to provide lactation rooms for breastfeeding students. Endorsements: California Breastfeeding Coalition, California Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics. Relevance to HLA mission: Promotes equitable access to education for mothers by providing a supportive environment.
CalWORKs: welfare-to-work: exemption. Bill #: AB 2326 Region:CA Bill Introduced by: Rubio Date: 06/13/18 Status: From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 6. Noes 0.) (June 26). Re-referred to Com. on APPR. Description (italics are summaries, regular text is direct exerpt from bill):Exempts families with infants from welfare-to-work laws. Endorsements: California Alternative Payment Program Association, California Food Policy Advocates, Western Center on Law and Poverty. Relevance to HLA mission: Protects highly vulnerable individuals, promotes family and child well-being, protects mothers.
Peace officers: release of records. Bill #: SB 1421 Region:CA Bill Introduced by: Skinner/Lara Date: 06/26/18 Status: From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. Description (italics are summaries, regular text is direct exerpt from bill):Gives the public access to the findings of police investigations and the right to know the discipline meted out in cases relating to “deadly and serious uses of force,” sexual assault against a civilian, and proven dishonesty in an investigation such as perjury and planting or destroying evidence. Endorsements: American Civil Liberties Union, Black Lives Matter, California Faculty Association. Relevance to HLA mission: Stonewall Democratic ClubProtects highly vulnerable individuals, promotes civil rights and social justice mission.
Law enforcement agencies: military equipment: funding, acquisition, and use. Bill #: AB 3131 Region:CA Bill Introduced by: Gloria Date: 07/03/18 Status: Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on APPR. Description (italics are summaries, regular text is direct excerpt from bill):Requires police and sheriffs to hold open public hearings and transparency reporting when acquiring military-grade equipment. Endorsements: Indivisible CA, ACLU, American Friends Service Committee, California State Strong. Relevance to HLA mission: Promotes justice and accountability in policing, promotes civil rights of marginalized communities that are often most impacted by policing and overuse of force.
State lands: leasing: oil and gas. Bill #: SB 834 / AB 1775 Region:CA Bill Introduced by: Jackson / Muratsuchi Date: 06/25/18 Status: From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 7. Noes 3.)Re-referred to Com. on APPR. Description (italics are summaries, regular text is direct excerpt from bill):Prohibits the development of new oil pipelines and other infrastructure in coastal waters controlled by the California State Lands Commission. Endorsements: League of California Cities, SEIU, Unite Here, Environmental Defense Center, California Coastkeeper Alliance. Relevance to HLA mission: Environmental protection is essential to the well-being of families and communities on coastal CA.
SB183 (Lara, Chiu, Fletcher) State buildings: federal immigration agents.
SB 837 (Dodd) Transitional kindergarten: enrollment for 4-year-olds.
AB 1883 (Weber) Child care and development services: military families: alternative payment programs.
SB320 (Leyva) Public health: public post-secondary education: on-campus student health centers: abortion by medication techniques. *depicts incumbent
AB 992 (Arambula) CalWORKs Baby Wellness and Family Support Home Visiting This bill would establish the Baby Wellness and Family Support Home Visiting Program that would require the State Department of Social Services to allocate funds to provide voluntary home visiting programs for families and children up to three years of age. The bill was co-sponsored by important child and family advocacy organizations such as the Children's Defense Fund California, Children Now, Western Center on Law and Poverty.
The Heart of LA Democratic club is committed to promoting equitable opportunities for all Angelenos and we stand with the co-sponsors of this bill in improving the livelihood of children in California. Research has shown that these services improve parenting, reduce child maltreatment, increase family self sufficiency, and produce positive societal benefits at much greater value than the program costs.We endorse AB 992 because it will allow the CalWORKS program to better support the needs of new families and provides support to families at a critical time, and is an important long-term investment in family wellbeing.
AB 2289 (Weber) Young Parents' Right to Education Act AB 2289 establishes a consistent family and sick leave policy across the state to support students in public schools to parent their child without sacrificing their education. AB 2289 would be an important complement to Title IX, which protects the rights of all students to receive equal educational opportunities regardless of their gender. School district policies for student family leave are inconsistent in complying with Title IX rules related to pregnant and parenting students, who often struggle to continue their education.
AB 2289 will mandate leave for pregnant or parenting students and will provide guidelines for make-up plans or work study to ensure students can return to their school and classes. Under AB 2289, students must be allowed 6 weeks of leave if they are the birthing parent, with an extra two weeks for complications or a cesarean, and 4 weeks of leave if they are the parenting partner. The bill was co-sponsored by Act Women and Girls, Access Women’s Health Justice, California Latinas for Reproductive Justice, and has also been endorsed by Black Women's Wellness.
Heart of LA endorses AB 2289 because it promotes educational attainment for young women, providing more hopeful futures for their children as well. Education is an essential key to lifelong stability and economic opportunities for young people. Currently, only 38% of students who become mothers before age eighteen graduate high school. AB 2289 better addresses the needs of pregnant and parenting students than the protections formerly offered under Title IX.
AB 2601 (Weber) The California Healthy Youth Act in Charter Schools AB 329 would ensure that students in public charter schools are provided with comprehensive sexual health and STD prevention education, just like their peers in traditional public schools as required by the California Healthy Youth Act of 2015.
The California Healthy Youth Act does not currently apply to charter schools, even though California has the highest number of students enrolled in charter schools in the United States. AB 2601 would rectify this by extending the requirements of the California Healthy Youth Act to charter schools. The bill was co-sponsored by ACLU of California and has also been endorsed by Black Women's Wellness and the American Pediatric Association.
Heart of LA endorses AB 2601 because we are committed to promoting the health and wellbeing of young people of all genders and sexual identities. We believe that education is important for all young people in order to foster healthy relationships, reduce risky sexual activity, and promote inclusion of LGBTQ individuals. Furthermore, evidence on comprehensive sex education has shown it to delay sexual activity and increase condom and contraceptive use amongst youth who are sexually active. Since the California Healthy Youth Act was enacted, the percentage of sexually active California students who use birth control has increased, and the percentage of students who had multiple sexual partners decreased. By expanding this requirement to charter schools, more students will benefit.
AB 2775 (Kalra) Professional Cosmetic Ingredient Disclosure This bill requires manufacturers to list all ingredients on the labels of professional cosmetic products. The bill would establish labeling parity with retail cosmetic products to provide the same level of ingredient disclosure to professional salon workers that as to retail consumers. The bill was co-sponsored by Breast Cancer Prevention Partners, Women’s Voices of the Earth, and California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative, and has also been endorsed by Black Women's Wellness.
Heart of LA endorses AB 2775 because it ensures that salon workers and owners can make safer product choices and take steps to protect themselves and their customers against harmful exposures. Consumers, manicurists, hair stylists, and other salon professionals all have the right to know what chemicals they are exposed to regularly. Additionally, the health risks from many of these salon products including dyes, hair relaxer, and nail polish, disproportionately impact women of color. For example, between 59 to 80 percent of nail salon workers in California are Vietnamese immigrants. We endorse this bill in support of the health and safety of those who are most vulnerable to chemical exposure.
S. 2699 (Booker, Durbin, Krishnamoorthi) Help Students Vote Act The Help Students Vote Act (HSVA) would ensure that college students nationwide get the information they need to register to vote and become active participants in our democracy, regardless of party affiliation. The HSVA builds on the provision of the Higher Education Act that requires colleges and universities to make a “good-faith effort” to distribute voter registration forms, and it provides much-needed clarification and support around campus voter registration.This would help students at colleges and universities navigate the voter registration process and ensure they don't miss any deadlines.The bill was co-sponsored by Students Learn, Students Vote and Young Invincibles.
Heart of LA endorses S 2699 because our democracy works best with engaged citizens. Many young people become eligible to vote for the first time while attending college. By helping students navigate the unique barriers they face with both voter registration and casting a ballot, the HSVA would empower the next generation of voters to become active participants in our democracy.
SB 1343 (Mitchell, Yee) Employers: Sexual Harassment Training: Requirements The act requires employers with 50 or more employees to provide at least 2 hours of prescribed training and education regarding sexual harassment, abusive conduct, and harassment based upon gender, as specified, to all supervisory employees within 6 months of their assumption of a supervisory position and once every 2 years.
Heart of LA Democratic Club endorses SB 1343 as an important measure to create a safe work environment which is free from discrimination or harassment. We are heartened that the Legislature is taking steps to address this form of behavior, and proud to see female legislators taking on the leadership needed to strengthen protections in the workplace. In the wake of the Me Too movement, prevention of harassment in the workplace must be strengthened in order to remediate the lasting negative effects this behavior has on victims’ well-being.