SB 1237, the Justice and Equity in Maternity Care Act, will remove physician supervision from the practice of nurse-midwifery in California, thereby increasing access to high-value, high-quality maternal healthcare and improving maternal and newborn health outcomes during a time in which California faces a critical obstetrician shortage and significant race-based disparities in maternal and infant outcomes. Nurse-midwifery has been identified by the World Health Organization and other expert groups as a key strategy for addressing racial disparities in maternal and infant health outcomes. SB 1237 will bring California in line with the 46 other states that have adopted more independent and team-based nurse-midwifery practices. Tell Your Legislator to Expand Access to Maternal Healthcare!
Status: Passed out of the Assembly Business and Professions Committee 16-1. Awaiting a hearing in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
SB 1383, the Governor’s Paid Family Leave budget proposal, will provide California’s workers with the essential job protection they need to care for themselves, a new child, or a seriously ill family member. By extending job protection to the vast majority of California workers, SB 1383 closes a crucial gap for employees who pay into the paid family leave program, but are unable to access it for fear of losing their job.
Status: Passed out of the Assembly Labor and Employment committee on a 5-1 vote. Awaiting a hearing in the Assembly Appropriations committee.
ACA 6, which places a state constitutional amendment on the ballot to restore voting rights to Californians serving a period of parole in California. It’s time for California to join the growing national movement to strengthen our democracy by ensuring that everyone – regardless of their past involvement with the criminal legal system – can have their voices counted.
Status: Chaptered; will be on the November 2020 ballot as Proposition 17.
AB 732, the “Reproductive Dignity for Incarcerated People Act,” will improve the quality of reproductive health care, support, and accommodations for incarcerated people in state prisons and county jails. Incarceration obligates the government to uphold the dignity and humanity of incarcerated people in the provision of healthcare, services, and supports, including their reproductive experiences. AB 732 requires jails and prisons to provide reproductive health care and accommodations, and bans the solitary confinement or tasering of pregnant and postpartum individuals, with accountability mechanisms aimed to create dignified reproductive healthcare conditions, experiences, and outcomes.
Status: Passed out of the Senate Public Safety committee on a 5-1 vote. Awaiting a hearing in the Senate Public Appropriations committee.
AB 860 requires county elections officials to mail a ballot to every registered voter for the November 3, 2020 statewide general election. Expanding vote-by-mail voting is a crucial part of ensuring that all voters can safely participate in the November election due to the unpredictability of COVID-19. By providing every California voter with a ballot in the mail for the presidential general election, AB 860 ensures that California voters do not have to risk their health—and possibly their lives—in order to exercise their constitutional right to vote.
Status: Chaptered; signed into law by Governor Newsom.
AB 890 would give full practice authority to nurse practitioners (NPs), helping to close a growing and serious healthcare provider gap in California. Addressing this provider gap is critical to achieving California’s goals of increased access to healthcare for vulnerable and underserved populations.
Status: Passed out of the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development committee on a 7-1 vote. Awaiting a hearing in the Senate Appropriations committee.
AB 1196 seeks to eliminate the use of chokeholds and carotid artery restraints statewide by law enforcement. Police Departments in several major cities such as San Diego and San Francisco have already taken steps to prohibit their use but statewide policies regarding neck restraints can vary greatly between both departments and agencies, resulting in a lack of accountability for the officers who use them. AB 1196 seeks to create a uniform policy eliminating these restraints statewide.
Status: Passed out of the Senate Public Safety committee on a 6-1 vote.
AB 2054 will establish the Community Response Initiative to Strengthen Emergency Systems (C.R.I.S.E.S.) Act grant program, to fundamentally improve emergency responses for vulnerable populations in California, by strengthening, expanding and promoting community-based responses to emergency situations.
Status: Awaiting a hearing in the Senate Governmental Organization committee on August 14th.
AB 2542, the California Racial Justice Act, will prohibit the state from seeking or obtaining a criminal conviction, or from imposing a sentence, based on race, ethnicity or national origin. California’s legal system is plagued by racial disparities and discrimination in arrest, trial and sentencing. Currently we have no feasible path forward for people who wish to pursue justice in the face of discriminatory treatment during the criminal legal process.
Status: Passed out of the Senate Public Safety committee on a 4-2 vote. Awaiting a hearing in the Senate Appropriations committee.
AB 3052 will establish the Forced Sterilization Compensation Program to compensate survivors who were forcibly sterilized pursuant to California’s eugenics law from 1909–1979 or who were subjected to coerced or involuntary sterilizations in women’s state prisons after 1979 and up until 2010. This bill offers financial reparation to victims of this state-sponsored abuse, including victims who were incarcerated, who have a disability or were targeted because of their race or immigration status. If this bill passes, it will make California the third state to compensate survivors of sterilization under the eugenics programs.
Status: Dead; held in the Assembly Appropriations Committee
AB 3216 is essential to protect the health, safety, and economic well-being of California’s working families during this public health crisis and beyond. AB 3216, as most recently amended, provides a right of recall and retention for workers who have been laid off in the heavily COVID-impacted industries of hotels, airport hospitality, event centers, and building services.
Status: Awaiting a hearing in the Senate Labor, Public Employment and Retirement committee.
SB 423 helps to guarantee that even amid a global pandemic, our democracy is not compromised and the November election is accessible to all Californians. SB 423 sets forth requirements for in-person voting locations, drop box locations, and early voting, thereby ensuring that Californians will be able to receive in-person assistance if they they never received a ballot, lost or damaged their ballot, need language assistance or assistance due to physical disability, are homeless, or need to register to vote or update their existing registration on election day.
Status: Chaptered; signed by the Governor.
SB 932 will strengthen data collection and reporting regarding the sexual orientation and gender identity of individuals with communicable diseases. Data collection for all communicable diseases is important and California has an acute focus on COVID-19 this year. According to a research brief published by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), those in the LGBTQ community are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of COVID-19.
Status: Passed out of Assembly Health committee on a 15-0 vote.
SB 977 will improve access to reproductive healthcare by requiring that healthcare systems obtain the Attorney General’s approval for acquisitions or affiliations based on proof that the change of control/acquisition will either increase care coordination and/or increase access and affordability of care to an underserved population. Since consolidation often leads to reorganization of service delivery, access is often also diminished. For example, in the recent proposed joint venture between Adventist Health and St. Joseph’s along the North Coast, the joint venture would have resulted in women in labor being forced to travel long distances in order to have a hospital delivery because the joint venture proposed to close some existing labor and delivery capacity. It is essential that all California communities have meaningful access to reproductive healthcare, a vision that SB 977 helps to achieve.
Status: Passed out of the Assembly Health committee on an 8-4 vote.