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. View our priority legislation from previous years.
SB 607: Keeping Kids in School with a Positive School Climate
The California Education Code permits school districts to suspend and expel students based on 24 different categories, including a minor misbehavior known as defiance/disruption. Studies have shown that students who receive just one suspension are five times more likely to drop out of school -- and three times more likely to be involved in the juvenile justice system within one year when compared to similar students. SB 607, by Senator Nancy Skinner, will drastically improve the school environment by eliminating defiance/disruption as grounds for suspension and expulsion, and encouraging schools and districts to utilize alternatives to suspension, expulsion, and other classroom removals.
SB 439 - Setting a Minimum Age for Juvenile Court Prosecution
Senate Bill 439, by Sen. Mitchell, would exclude those 11 years of age or younger from prosecution in juvenile court in order to protect young children from the negative impacts of justice system involvement, and promote their rights, health and well-being through more effective alternatives to court involvement.
Current Status: SB 439 is a two-year bill and will be considered by the Legislature in 2018.
AB 992 - CalWORKs Baby Wellness and Family Support Home Visiting Program
AB 992, by Assemblymember Arambula, would create the CalWORKs Baby Wellness and Family Support Home Visiting Program to provide CalWORKs recipients who are pregnant or parenting a child under age 2 with voluntary home visiting services from trained professionals. The program would strengthen health outcomes for pregnant women and infants, improve educational and economic opportunities, and increase the opportunities for families to move out of poverty.
Current Status: AB 992 is a two-year bill and will be considered by the Legislature in 2018.