Jewish Community Relations Councilof San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin, Sonoma, Alameda and Contra Costa Counties


JCRC Legislative Wrap-Up

October 23, 2015
Posted by: JCRC Staff

In its role as the public affairs arm of the Bay Area organized Jewish community, JCRC supported ten bills this California legislative cycle. Five of the bills were signed into law, three were vetoed by the governor, and the other two were moved to the inactive file for this session.

Five bills were passed:

AB 622 – “Employment: E-Verify system: unlawful business practices,” which prohibits an employer (or any other person or entity) from using E-Verify in a manner not required by a specified federal law.

AB 775 – “Reproductive FACT (Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care, and Transparency) Act,” which requires dissemination of information about California public programs that provide comprehensive family planning services for eligible women. Also requires an unlicensed covered facility to declare themselves as such.

SB 4 – “Healthcare for All,” which extends eligibility for full-scope Medi-Cal benefits to individuals under 19 years of age who do not have, or are unable to establish, satisfactory immigration status on January 31, 2016.

SB 342 – “California Workforce Investment Board: responsibilities,” which require the California Workforce Investment Board to assist the Governor in helping individuals with barriers to employment achieve economic security and upward mobility by implementing policies that encourage the attainment of marketable skills relevant to current labor market trends.

SB 358 – “California Fair Pay Act,” which says bosses cannot pay employees less than those of the opposite sex for “substantially similar work,” even if their titles are different or they work at different sites. (See the L.A. Times article about this “major step forward”.)

Three were vetoed:

AB 35 – “Income taxes: credits: low-income housing: allocation increase,” which would have increased the aggregate housing credit dollar amount that may be allocated among low-income housing.

AB 47 – “Preschool for All,” which would have required all eligible children who are not enrolled in transitional kindergarten to have access to the state preschool program.

AB 1354 – “Discrimination: equal pay: state contracting,” which would have enacted the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act of 2015.

Two may be taken up again next year:

AB 1014 – “Our Children’s Success–The Early Intervention Attendance Pilot Grant Program,” an anti-truancy program.

SB 23 – “CalWorks: eligibility,” which would repeal certain exclusions for purposes of determining a family’s maximum aid payment under the CalWorks program.

In addition, we worked with JPAC on a bill that was signed into law, AB 1321, which establishes a Nutrition Incentive Matching Grant (NIMG) to encourage consumption of fresh fruits, nuts and vegetables by increasing the amount available to underserved communities and schools in the state.

JCRC strives to promote an agenda that fulfills the Jewish values of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) and Tzedek, Tzedek Tirdorf (the obligation to actively pursue justice). We believe the bills we supported this session further these values. If you’d like to get involved in our legislative advocacy activities, sign up for our mailing list and be sure to select “Public Affairs” as your area of interest.