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September 6, 2017
Several of our priority state bills to level the playing field for California's children are just two steps away from becoming law. Last week, a bill to ensure that students are not shamed or denied a meal for their parent's unpaid school meal debt passed the a key fiscal committee with bipartisan support. Bills to reduce school suspensions, eliminate life without parole sentences for youth, and strengthen Miranda rights for children are awaiting final passage from the state Assembly before headed to the Governor for his signature or veto.
Here are the priority bills that we are watching in this final month of the legislative session – please visit the links to learn more about each bill and take action to urge your legislators to vote YES on these bills to support our children.
Senate Bill 250, authored by Senator Robert Hertzberg, will ensure that school officials do not delay or deny food to punish students whose parents have unpaid school meal fees. SB 250 has passed the state Senate and is now on the Assembly floor.
Senate Bill 395, by Senators Ricardo Lara and Holly Mitchell, will help to preserve youth's constitutional rights and protect the integrity of our criminal justice system by requiring youth under the age of 18 to consult with legal counsel before they waive their Miranda rights. SB 395 has passed the state Senate and is now on the Assembly floor.
Senate Bill 607, by Senator Nancy Skinner, will end suspensions and expulsions for "willful defiance" and "disruption" for students in grades K-12. SB 607 has passed the state Senate and is now on the Assembly floor.
Senate Bill 394, by Senators Ricardo Lara and Holly Mitchell, will eliminate life without the possibility of parole sentences for youth. SB 394 has passed the state Senate and is now on the Assembly floor.