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JCRC 2017 Legislative Agenda

August 30, 2017
Posted by: JCRC Staff

The Jewish Community Relations Council of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin, Sonoma, Alameda and Contra Costa Counties has a large, diverse constituency and a several legislative jurisdictions to cover. So, we have developed a careful and deliberate process for selecting the scope of our annual legislative agendas.

Even before our Public Policy Committee debates the bills that we will support there is an extensive process with high-level input from representatives of our member organizations via which JCRC builds consensus on matters of concern to our community. As well as promoting the Jewish values, bills we select must be in line with this consensus, as well as with our longstanding commitment to democracy and religious freedom.

This California legislative cycle we are taking up issues related to our consensus policy statements on gun control, immigration and reproductive rights, and also taking special action -- as supported by the Board of Directors -- to safeguard critical freedoms from the threat of bigotry and xenophobia.

Gun Violence Prevention

  • AB 424 removes the authority of a school district superintendent, his or her designee, or equivalent school authority to provide written permission for a person to possess a firearm within a school zone.

Immigration Issues

  • AB 291 provides a set of legal protections for tenants against unscrupulous landlords who might otherwise try to use immigration status as a way of intimidating tenants who have exercised, or who are about to exercise, their housing rights.
  • AB 450 enacts a set of restrictions on California employers to ensure that the assistance they give to federal immigration enforcement activity in the workplace goes no further than what is required by law and that workers have sufficient notice and opportunity to correct any inaccuracies in their employment eligibility records before employers take adverse action against them in connection with immigration enforcement audits.
  • SB 54 would prohibit state and local law enforcement agencies and school police and security departments from using resources to investigate, interrogate, detain, detect, or arrest persons for immigration enforcement purposes.

Reproductive Rights

  • AB 569 prohibits California private sector employers from: (1) taking any adverse employment action against an employee based on his or her reproductive health care decisions; and (2) forcing an employee to sign a code of conduct or similar document that purports to deny any employee the right to make his or her own reproductive health care decisions.
  • SB 309 requires the Department of Health Care Services to apply to the Department of Motor Vehicles to sponsor a reproductive freedom license plate program.  Fees from these specialized  license plates would go into the California Reproductive Freedom Fund in the State Treasury and would be made available for appropriation for the Family Planning, Access, Care, and Treatment Program (Family PACT) administered by DHCS.

Safeguarding Freedom

  • SB 179 modifies the procedures for individuals to change their name and gender marker to reflect their gender identity on documents including their birth certificate issued by the State Registrar and driver’s license or identification card issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles.
  • SB 31 prohibits the state from cooperating with any religion-based registry or watch list. This bill, an urgency measure, prohibits public agencies and public employees from sharing specified information with federal authorities for the purpose of compiling a registry or database of individuals based on religion, national origin, or ethnicity, or otherwise assisting or participating in the creation, implementation, or enforcement of such a registry or database.

In addition to working with legislators and allies to pass these important bills, JCRC will continue to work as an ally to Muslims, Christians, communities of color, LGBT organizations, immigrants' rights groups, human rights and gender equality advocates, and people of all economic classes who stand united against hate. Together we seek a world in which characteristics of identity, heritage, political beliefs, ability, immigration status or faith are never used to discriminate or divide.