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Raise Your Voice to Push Stronger California Legislation Over the Finish Line

September 21, 2017 | by

As the California legislature adjourns for the 2017 cycle, we are proud to report that nine (yes, nine!) priority bills of the Stronger California Advocates Network have passed both houses of the legislature, and now await signature by the governor.

Taken together, these bills represent a comprehensive approach to ensuring the economic security of women and families across the state. These policies ensure fair pay and job opportunities, expand access to quality and affordable child care, support family-friendly workplaces, and address poverty.

Learn more about our 2017 priority bills awaiting signature – and send an email to Governor Brown showing your support for each policy.

Ensure Fair Pay and Job Opportunities

  • Pay Data Transparency Bill (AB 1209)
    We can’t fix what we can’t see. This bill would require large employers to publicly report their pay data by gender, because evidence has shown that greater pay data transparency is essential to identifying and closing gender pay gaps. Send an email in support of AB 1209 to the governor. 

  • The Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act (AB 569)
    No woman should lose her job because of her private health choices. AB 569 combats the growing invasion of women’s privacy by making it illegal for employers to fire women for her reproductive health choices, such as conceiving a child through fertility treatments, becoming pregnant without being married, or for simply using birth control. Send an email in support of AB 569 to the governor. 

  • Salary Information (AB 168)
    Past salary history shouldn’t prevent a woman from being paid her value today. This bill prohibits an employer from asking a job applicant about his or her salary history, and would require an employer to provide the pay scale for a position to an applicant. Basing current pay on prior salary can perpetuate past wage discrimination, and legislation like AB 168 is an important step to closing the gender wage gap. Send an email in support of AB 168 to the governor.

Expand Access to Affordable, Quality Early Childhood Care and Education

  • Unlocking Opportunities for Families Bill (AB 273)
    Having an education is part of the American dream and every parent should be able to increase their educational level while also supporting their child’s development. AB 273 would allow parents enrolled in English as a Second Language or High School Equivalency Certificate courses to qualify for childcare assistance. Send an email in support of AB 273 to the governor.

Support Family-Friendly Workplaces

  • New Parent Leave Act (SB 63)
    The first 12 weeks bonding between a new parent and their new baby are critical for a baby’s healthy development. Currently, only businesses with 50 or more employees are required to provide parental leave. SB 63 provides the right to job-protected parental leave to more workers in California by requiring employers with 20 or more employees to provide up to 12 weeks of job-protected bonding leave. Send an email in support of SB 63 to the governor.  

Build Economic Security by Addressing Poverty

  • Protections for Domestic Violence Survivors on CalWORKS (AB 55)
    No woman or family should be placed in danger while accessing government services. AB 55 would waive CalWORKS requirements when they place the family at risk of harm or make it more difficult for the family to escape abuse. Send an email in support of AB 55 to the governor. 

  • Access to Menstrual Hygiene Products in Shelters, Schools & Universities (AB 10)
    Not having access to menstrual hygiene products shouldn’t keep young women at home from school but right now that’s exactly what’s happening. AB 10 requires that school bathrooms offer an adequate supply of free menstrual hygiene supplies. Send an email in support of AB 10 to the governor.  

  • The California Values Act (SB 54)
    All families make our state great. The California Values Act will ensure that California does not use state and local resources to fuel mass deportations and separate families. Send an email in support of SB 54 to the governor. 

  • CalWORKS: Welfare-to-Work: Necessary Supportive Services (AB 480)
    AB 480 provides financial assistance to CalWORKS recipients to purchase diapers for children under 3 years old.

Learn more about the Stronger California agenda for women’s economic security at strongercalifornia.org.

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