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JCRC Legislative Wrap-Up 2017

November 2, 2017
Posted by: JCRC Staff

Sunday, October 15, was the last day for California Governor Jerry Brown to sign or veto bills that passed the state legislature in 2017. Since March, JCRC has worked with community members, advocates and policymakers to advance bills addressing the concerns of our community. Below is a list of the bills, budget items, and resolutions which we supported during this legislative session.

To all who helped make this year’s priorities a reality: Thank You! JCRC will continue to advocate, often in coalition with other communities, for a just society and for security for all minority groups.

Signed Into Law

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 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.

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 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.

SB 54 prohibits 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.

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.

Resolution Addressing Anti-Semitism

We are proud to have worked closely with the office of Senator Scott Wiener on SR 58, a resolution condemning acts of anti-Semitism and other hate and discrimination.

Success in the Budget Process

Legal Services for Immigrants: The budget which passed included $30 million for the next three years in order to augment existing funding, bringing the total to $45 million for 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20. Determinations on specific allocations, including aid to public defenders, are under the discretion of the Department of Social Services.

Non-Profit Security Grants: The California Non-profit Security Grant was funded for $2 million dollars in the 2017-18 state budget.

Vetoed by the Governor

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.

Held Over in Legislative Committee

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.