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

4 March – Legislations & Libations

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It is fair to say that the JLSD ladies are the best and brightest, but do we all know how our government works?

JLSD’s State Public Affairs Delegates understand your pain, and are here to train our ladies to talk politics. Join “Legislation and Libations” on Saturday, March 4th from 10:00am – 2:00pm, at the JLSD house to train yourself to be politically savvy. Get a California Government 101 run-through, learn more about SPAC-authored (written) bills, and analyze a bill all over mimosas, just like the pros in DC do it!

Assemblyman Todd Gloria will be the keynote speaker. Training credit will be given to attendees. Sign up on the JLSD training website here.

 

 

JLSD Human Trafficking Awareness Rally

2017-ht-rally-digital-banners_jlsdwebsiteThe Human Trafficking epidemic in America is stealing both our children’s innocence, and the livelihood of adults, and we cannot back down. The FBI estimates that over 100,000 children and young women are trafficked in America today. They range in age from nine to 19, with the average being age 11. Many victims are not just runaways or abandoned, but are from “good” families who are coerced by clever traffickers.

Junior League of San Diego believes that awareness of and training to confront and stop human and labor trafficking is key to an improved outcome in San Diego County. Via the Rally, audience participants will learn from San Diego community subject matter experts and gain the knowledge and resources available to help those who may be at risk in our community. Register today: bit.ly/JLSDRally2017

Featured Speakers:

Congresswoman Susan Davis, US House of Representatives – 53rd District

Senator Toni Atkins, California State Senate – 39th District

Summer Stephan, Chief Deputy District Attorney, San Diego County

Michelle Shoemaker, Director, Churches Against Trafficking

Dr. Jennifer Prager, Director, Victims Counseling Services

Bettina Hausmann, President and CEO, United Nations Association San Diego

Christina Marzocca, Women’s Equity Council

Anne Hoiberg, San Diego Trafficking Advisory Council

Susan Muncey, Director, Generate Hope

Ruby Chacon, US Immigration and Custom Enforcement Victim Specialist

Marisa Ogarte, Outreach Coordinator, Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition

JLSD Impact Forum 17 November – Human Trafficking: Advocacy to Action

More than 300,000 girls between the ages of 11 and 17 are lured into the US sex industry annually according to the US Department of Justice.

In San Diego, thousands of young girls are transported into our area from across the border, via our airport and also in events that bring large crowds to our city.

Join the Junior League of San Diego for an informative evening at the 2016 Impact Forum on Human Trafficking: Advocacy to Action on November 17th, 6 – 9 pm, at The Ida and Cecil Green Faculty Club on the UC San Diego campus.  Sign up at bit.ly/impactforum2016.

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October Volunteers of the Month

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Nicole Reyes, SPAC: Senior, Community Outreach Council

Nicole Reyes has become a familiar name to San Diego civic leaders and legislators. Her commitment to CAL SPAC and the League requires her to travel across the state, speaking on behalf of JLSD, California residents and our local community, often spending time away from her family.

Nicole builds relationships with policy leaders across the state and keeps well versed on current on bills and legislation that affect each of us. She is detail oriented, incredibly smart and hard working. A great motto for Nicole: A women’s place is in the House…and Senate. Congrats Nicole and thank you for your commitment to the League.

Voting Options: Past the Ballot Box

Voting Options: Past the Ballot Box

Did you know?  You may drop off your “voted mail-in ballot” in ADVANCE of election day at locations throughout San Diego County?

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Ballot drop-off will be from October 31st to November 8th, but hours of operation may differ from site to site, so be sure to visit YOUR favorite location’s website for hours of operation.

Remember:
On Election Day, Tuesday, November 8, hours for dropping off voted mail ballots will be 7 am to 8 pm at all locations.

Be sure to check out the Ballot Drop Location Map to find the most convenient location for YOU!  Tell us: which location do you plan to use?

“There Ought to be a Law”

“There Ought to be a Law”

As a member of the Junior League of California State Public Affairs Committee (CalSPAC), the Junior League of San Diego (JLSD) joins seventeen other Junior Leagues in California in advocating for specific legislation related to member league issues during the Legislative Session.


CalSPAC sponsors and supports laws that improve the lives of California women, children, and families. As a new two-year legislative cycle commences in January 2017, CalSPAC is seeking ideas for laws that would improve services or close gaps for the California communities that we serve.

This consideration is a great opportunity for our JLSD members to be directly involved in the legislative process. Whether big or small, these ideas help the Junior League of San Diego, as well as other Leagues across the state, fulfill its mission of building better communities.

 

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If you have an idea that you’d like to share that falls under the categories of Health, Education, Violence Prevention, Human Trafficking or Family Support, please email the JLSD CalSPAC Delegates, Nicole Reyes and Dominique Coulon, at spac@jlsd.org (or by filling out and submitting the form, below) no later than November 6, 2016.