JLSD SPAC/Legislative Liaisons Summer Bill Support

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What we do: JLSD supports bills that relate to women and children, foster youth and anti-human trafficking.  To become law, each bill introduced by a legislative member must move through both houses – the Assembly and the Senate – and be voted to pass at each step (specific committees, fiscal committee, and the house floor).  If passed by both houses, the California Governor can then either sign the bill into law, or veto the bill.  JLSD’s Legislative Liaisons write letters of support to the author of the bill, as well as each committee that the bill passes through, asking for their vote of support.

We have a team of 16 JLSD members who volunteered to help us with support letters throughout the summer.  We are currently working to support the following 17 bills:

Bill Description
AB 9 Make our tax code gender neutral, end a longstanding tax on feminine hygiene products and join 8 other states in fixing this
AB 27 If an offender rapes someone who is not able to give consent, whether because of disability, intoxication, or unconsciousness, bill wants to classify as a violent felony (rather than the current serious felony)
AB 67 Defines Human Trafficking as a violent felony
AB 507 Specific annual training plan developed for parents with foster youth based on needs of youth
AB 766 Closes a gap in AB 12 payments for minor dependents in post secondary education
AB 900 Allows Human Trafficking victims to be eligible for compensation
AB 1227 Adds Human Trafficking to health education in school
AB 1375 Develops a database for placing foster youth in the most appropriate location
AB 1406 Gives matching grants for homeless programs
AB 1495 Allows victims and law enforcement to sue child rapists to curb the demand for exploitation
AB 1520 Aims to reduce child poverty by 50% over the next 20 years by adopting a framework for continued investment in programs and approaches that have been researched and proven to impact poverty in the most cost-effective ways.
AB 1567 Require County Welfare Departments to coordinate with California State Universities and community colleges to improve access that foster youth have to campus support programs and resources
SB 225 Revise its model human trafficking notice to include the option of texting to a hotline.
SB 230 Exception: personal character admissible to use for cases against commercial sexual offense
SB 245 Health education provided to foster youth through case plan
SB 270 Require a hotel or motel that provides lodging services in the state to train its employees who are likely to interact or come into contact with victims of human trafficking in recognizing the signs of human trafficking and how to report those signs to the appropriate law enforcement agency.
SB 597 Adds victims of human trafficking to the list of people eligible for the Safe at Home program. The Safe at Home program provides a free post office box and mail forwarding service to eligible people. Safe at Home program participants can use their confidential address for numerous services: petition for a confidential legal name change, confidential voter registration, confidential driver’s license and vehicle registration.

If you are interested in supporting any of these bills – check out their status by looking up the bill number on http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/ . If you are interested in personally supporting any of these pieces of legislation, please reach out to the JLSD Legislative Liaisons for more information on how to lend your personal support (outside of the league).

Shauna Sliwkanich and Brandi Cropper

JLSD 2017-2018 Legislative Liaisons

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