Policy Watch





The bills listed below have each been placed on the Policy Watch as top 2018 priorities by organizations who are part of our TCM community. If your organization has top priority bills you are currently actively working on that you would like to have added please let us know at editor@tcmfresno.org.

LOCAL



STATE


NEW ACR1 Assembly Concurrent Resolution Concurrent (as introduced, Bonta).
Immigration: public charges.This measure would condemn regulations proposed by the Department of Homeland Security to prescribe how a determination of an alien’s inadmissability is made based on the likelihood that the alien will become a public charge. This measure would also urge the federal government to reconsider and roll back the proposed regulations. Follow via LegInfo


NEW AB6  Early Childhood Education
This bill would establish in the department the Office of Early Childhood Education in order to ensure a holistic implementation of early childhood education programs and universal preschool. The bill would require the office to have specified responsibilities, including the responsibility of coordinating services with the State Department of Social Services and the California Health and Human Services Agency, to ensure that social and health services are provided to children in early childhood education programs and to identify families eligible for early childhood education financial assistance. Follow via LegInfo


NEW AB22 Housing: Safe and Clean Shelter for Children
This bill would declare that it is the policy of the state that every child has the right to safe and clean shelter and that no child should be without safe and clean shelter by 2025. The bill would require the agency, the department, and every other state agency, to consider this policy when establishing, adopting, or revising any policy, regulation, or grant criterion pertinent to safe and clean shelter for children. Follow via LegInfo


NEW AB24  Targeted Child Tax Credit 
The Personal Income Tax Law allows various credits against taxes imposed by that law.This bill would declare the Legislature’s intent to enact legislation that would establish a Targeted Child Tax Credit as recommended by the task force. Follow via LegInfo


AB30 Community Colleges: College and Career Access Pathways Partnerships
In 2015, California’s Legislature and Governor removed barriers to dual enrollment access by adopting the College and Career Access Pathways Act, (AB 288) by Assemblymember Holden, which has increased opportunities for underserved students to attend college.
 
On Monday, December 3rd, Assemblymember Chris Holden introduced Assembly Bill 30 (AB 30) which ensures that access to early college opportunities remain available to all California students by preventing key statutes from sunsetting. AB 30 recognizes the importance of enabling innovative partnerships between K-12 districts and community colleges so that college access is ubiquitous and not exclusive. More importantly, AB 30 is a step towards eliminating opportunity gaps for students underrepresented in higher education.  Follow via LegInfo


NEW AB123 Early Childhood Education: State Preschool Program (transitional kindergarten, access, standards)  
This bill would make various findings and declarations regarding early childhood education and would provide that it is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would do certain things relating to early childhood education, including expanding the state preschool program and enabling local educational agencies to blend the program with transitional kindergarten. Follow via LegInfo


NEW AB124 Preschool Facilities Bond Act of 2020
This bill would enact the Preschool Facilities Bond Act of 2020 which, if approved by the voters, would authorize the 
issuance of bonds in the amount of $500,000,000 pursuant to the State General Obligation Bond Law to finance a preschool facility grant program. Follow via LegInfo


NEW AB125 Early Childhood Education: Reimbursement Rates
This bill would provide that it is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would establish a single regionalized state reimbursement rate system for childcare, preschool, and early learning services that would achieve specified objectives. Follow via LegInfo


NEW SB12 Mental Health Services: Youth  
This bill would declare the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would authorize the state and local governments to establish a series of at least 100 centers statewide to address the mental health needs of California youth. The bill would declare the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to allocate or encourage the allocation of funding for that purpose, as specified. The bill would make related findings and declarations. Follow via LegInfo


NEW SB26 Personal Income Taxes: Working Families Child Care Tax Credit 
This bill, for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2020, and before January 1, 2025, for a taxpayer with an allowable credit in excess of tax liability, would allow a payment to the taxpayer in excess of that credit amount, subject to the annual Budget Act or a bill providing for appropriations related to the Budget Act, as provided, not to exceed a specified amount. Follow via LegInfo

NEW SB35 Human Trafficking
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to establish a task force to combat human trafficking that would collect and organize data on the nature and prevalence of trafficking in persons in California and organize collaborative efforts between local and state governments and nongovernmental organizations for protecting victims of trafficking, among other, related duties. Follow via LegInfo

NEW SB48 Homelessness: Right to Shelter 
This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that creates a right to shelter for unhoused residents throughout the state, which would be required to include the navigation center model. The bill would state the purposes of this legislation, including ensuring that every person living on California’s streets has the ability to promptly secure shelter that is safe and supportive. The bill would specify certain elements that this right to shelter would include. The bill would specify that the right to shelter is not intended to be in lieu of prioritizing permanent housing for people who lack housing. Follow via LegInfo
 

FEDERAL

S.3363 The Maternal Care Access and Reducing Emergencies (CARE)
Act (S.3363) looks to create two new grant programs - one for implicit bias training and another for pregnancy medical home (PMH) programs which will help deliver health care services to pregnant women and new moms. 

Action Alert: August 22, 2018 Referred to Committee on Finance
 
S.3392 The Modernizing Obstetric Medicine Standards (MOMS)
Act (S. 3392) would provide new funding to hospitals with obstetrics and gynecology practices that want to improve their response to pregnancy-related and pregnancy-associated complications by implementing standardized best practices that could save lives.”  

Action Alert: August 28, 2018 Referred to Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions

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