Children's Bill Watch

We support statewide legislation that helps ensure a level playing field for all children. We focus our efforts on bills that increase children’s access to health coverage, reduce child poverty, promote equity in public education and ensure justice for youth.

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This year, we are supporting a wide spectrum of legislation that will help children and youth access the health care, education, and resources that they need to succeed. Click on the headers below to learn more about our 2016 legislative priorities, and check back for updates.

AB 1469

Assembly Bill 1469, by Assemblymember Grayson, would help close the school achievement gap and increase opportunity for California’s poorest youth by providing free transportation to K-12 students who attend Title I schools.

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SB 395

Senate Bill 395, by Senator Ricardo Lara, 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.

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SB 250

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AB 992

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Priority Support Legislation
BillAuthorDescriptionPosition
SB 395 Lara Requires youth consult with legal counsel before waiving their Miranda rights Co-Sponsor
AB 1469 Grayson Guarantees low-income children have access to free transportation to school Co-Sponsor
AB 992 Arambula Offers early home visiting services to help CalWORKs families succeed Co-Sponsor
SB 250 Hertzberg Protects children from punishment for unpaid school meal fees Co-Sponsor
SB 607 Skinner Ends suspensions and expulsions for "willful defiance" and "disruption" for students in grades K-12 High Priority
AB 15 Maienshein Improves access to dental care for children High Priority
SB 439 Mitchell Prevents criminal prosecution of children under age 12 High Priority
AB 225 Caballero Expands the California Earned Income Tax Credit to more working poor families High Priority
SB 394 Lara Eliminates life without the possibility of parole sentences for youth High Priority