Policy Priorities

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California Legislation for Children and Youth

Children's Defense Fund-California supports state legislation that helps ensure a level playing field for all children, particularly bills that increase children's access to health coverage, dismantle the "school to prison pipeline," and improve the treatment of children in the juvenile justice systems in California. The table below details our 2014 legislative priorities.

Bill Description Position Status
 

Co-Sponsored Legislation

   
AB 2382
(Bradford)
CalWORKs Truancy Double Penalty. Ends the truancy double penalty for poor school children and their families that are receiving CalWORKs benefits. Learn more and take action »
 
Co-Sponsor In Assembly Human Services Committee 
SB 970
(Yee)
Juveniles: Solitary Confinement. Sets standards for the use of solitary confinement at state and county juvenile correctional facilities.
 
Co-Sponsor In Senate Rules Committee
 

Child Poverty

   
AB 1654
(Bonilla)
CalWORKs: assignment of child support. Increases child support disregard from $50 a month to $100 a month for a family with one child and $200 or more, if allowed by federal law, for families with more than 1 child.
 
Support In Assembly Judiciary Committee Committee
SB 899
(Mitchell)
CalWORKs Maximum Family Grant. Repeals the Maximum Family Grant rule of the CalWORKs program and prohibits the state from inserting itself into the private reproductive and medical decisions of poor families seeking basic needs assistance for their newborn children.
 
Support In Senate Human Services Committee
SB 1029
(Hancock)
CalWORKS & CalFresh: eligibility. Permits individuals previously convicted of a drug felony who meet all other eligibility rules to receive basic needs services, employment training and work supports through the CalWORKs and CalFresh programs.
 
Support In Senate Human Services Committee
SB 935
(Leno)
Minimum wage: annual adjustment. Increases the minimum wage to $13 an hour by 2017 and tie it to cost of living increases annually.
 
Support In Senate Appropriations Committee
AB 1654
(Bonilla)
CalWORKs: assignment of child support. Increases child support disregard from $50 a month to $100 a month for a family with one child and $200 or more for families with more than 1 child.
 
Support In Assembly Judiciary Committee
 

Child Health

   
SB 1055
(Liu)
Public School Health Center Support Program. Changes the amount of the sustainability grants that are available pursuant to the Public School Health Center Support Program and makes those grants available on a one-time basis.
 
Support In Senate Health Committee
AB 2706
(Hernandez)
Schools: health care coverage. Reduces the number of uninsured children by requiring parents or legal guardians upon first enrollment of a child into kindergarten to disclose whether the child has health care coverage.
 
Support In Assembly Health Committee
SB 1002
(DeLeon)
Medi-Cal: redetermination. Requires County Human Services Agencies to align certification periods for Medi-Cal when applicants and recipients for CalFresh are eligible for both programs.
 
Support In Senate Human Services Committee
 

Juvenile Justice

   
SB 1038
(Leno)
Juveniles: dismissal of petition. Deletes the restriction that the petition be dismissed before the minor reaches 21 years of age.
 
Support In Senate Public Safety Committee
SB 1054
(Steinberg)
Mentally ill offender crime reduction grants. Requires the Board of State and Community Corrections to award mentally ill offender crime reduction grants on a competitive basis to counties that expand or establish responses to reduce crime and criminal justice costs related to mentally ill offenders. This bill would appropriate $50,000,000 for the mentally ill offender crime reduction grant program, and require that half of that amount be used for juvenile offenders.
 
Support In Senate Public Safety Committee
SB 1391
(Hancock)
Community colleges: inmate education programs: computation of apportionments.Requires the open course provisions in statute or regulations of the board of governors to be waived for any governing board of a community college district that provides those classes for inmates, including inmates of state correctional facilities, and would authorize the board of governors to include the units of full-time equivalent students generated in those classes for purposes of state apportionments.
 
Support In Senate Education Committee
SB 1198
(Hancock)
Criminal statistics: countywide statistics: Internet Web site. Expands data collection requirements for DOJ on transfers to adult court and direct files.
 
Support In Senate Public Safety Committee
SB 1296
(Leno)
Juveniles: contemptuous habitual truants. Prohibits a court from imprisoning, or otherwise taking into custody persistently or habitually truant minors for contempt of court if the contempt consists of the minor’s failure to comply with a court order to attend school.
 
Support In Senate Public Safety Committee
AB 1756 (Skinner) Court records: sealing and destruction. Removes the filing fee for juveniles attempting to seal their records.
 
Support In Assembly Appropriations Committee
SB 1310
(Lara)
Misdemeanors: maximum sentence. Reduces the maximum possible misdemeanor sentence from 365 days to 364 days to keep families together.
 
Support On Senate Second Reading
 

School Discipline

   
AB 2384
(Bradford)
School plans: schoolsite councils. Maximize community engagement in the school site council process by increasing school site council representation, promoting transparency, and ensuring alignment with LCFF priorities.
 
Support In Assembly Education Committee
AB 420
(Dickinson)
Pupil discipline: suspensions: willful defiance. Limits the grounds on which a superintendent or a principal can suspend students for "willful defiance.”
 
Support Senate Inactive File

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