2016 Priority Legislation
As a member of the family strengthening
community, a citizen, and a constituent, your involvement in policy advocacy is
imperative. The following are 2016 bills that CFRA supports on behalf of the family strengthening field:
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SB 10 (Lara) - Health care coverage: immigration status. [Chaptered 6/10/2016]
Requires the state to apply for a federal waiver that allows undocumented immigrants and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients to buy coverage through our state marketplace using their own money. SB 10 details.
AB 1644 (Bonta) - School-based early mental health intervention and prevention services.
[Held in Sen. Appropriations.]
under the School-based Early Mental Health Intervention and Prevention Services
Children Act of 199, expanded the definition of an eligible pupil to include a
pupil who attends a
program at a publicly funded elementary school and a pupil who is in
kindergarten. AB 1644 details.
2410 (Bonta) - Early learning: Local Control School Readiness Act of 2016. [Held in Asm. Appropriations.]
Would have required
Department of Education to develop prekindergarten learning development
preparing 4- and 5-year-old children for kindergarten, based on current science
that reflects how
funded programs can close the school readiness gap.
AB 2410 details.
AB 2660 (McCarty) - Early education: three-year plan.
[Held in Asm. Appropriations.]
have required the State Department of Education, in consultation with the State Board
and the State Advisory Council on Early Learning and Care, to
submit a 3-year
access to income eligible children to high-quality prekindergarten programs for
a minimum of
year before enrollment in kindergarten and a 3-year plan for ensuring that
programs focus on certain areas. AB 2660 details.
AB 1675 (Stone) - Juveniles: prostitution. [Held in Sen. Appropriations.]
law makes it a misdemeanor for a person to solicit or engage in any act of
or to loiter with the intent to commit prostitution. This bill would have specified that a minor
who commits those
is not subject to the delinquency jurisdiction of the juvenile court, but they may be
a dependent child of the juvenile court. AB 1675 details.
AB 1883 (Cooley) - Child sexual abuse: prevention pilot program. [Held in Sen. Appropriations.]
have established the Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Program as a pilot program in no
3 counties to provide child sexual abuse
services through public or private nonprofits. AB 1883 details.
SB 1322 (Mitchell) - Commercial sex acts: minors. [Chaptered 9/26/16]
Previous law made it a crime to solicit or engage in prostitution or to loiter with the intent to commit
prostitution. This bill makes
above provisions inapplicable to a child under 18 years of age who is alleged
to have engaged in
that would, if committed by an adult, violate the above provisions. SB 1322 details.
AB 1847 (Stone) - Earned Income Tax Credit Information Act: California Earned Income Tax Credit. [Chaptered 9/12/16]
This bill requires employers currently required to notify
employees they may
be eligible for the federal earned income tax credit (EITC) to also notify these
employees that they may
eligible for the California EITC. AB 1847 details.
AB 2448 (Burke) - CalWORKs: welfare-to-work: education. [Vetoed by the Governor 9/29/16. Read the AB 1448 veto message.]
have provided that if a CalWORKs recipient had not
received their high school diploma or its equivalent, the recipient may participate in a
high school equivalency
of participating in a job search or job club, and would have prohibited the county
from requiring the
to participate in an assessment before the recipient may engage in a high
in satisfaction of welfare-to-work requirements. AB 2448 details.
AB 2631 (Santiago) - CalWORKs: housing assistance. [Held in Asm. Appropriations.]
have increased the duration of homeless assistance benefits to 30 days and would
limitation on the number of times a recipient may receive homeless assistance
assistance benefits. The bill would also have deleted the authority for the county to
avoidance case plan as a condition of eligibility for homeless assistance
benefits. AB 2631 details.
SB 947 (Pan) - Public assistance: personal interviews. [Chaptered 9/29/16.]
Previous law prohibited an applicant from being granted public assistance under CalWORKs
until they are personally interviewed by the county human services agency or
state hospital staff.
This bill authorizes
the county human services agency to conduct this interview via
electronic means. SB 947 details.
SB 1466 (Mitchell) - Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment Program: trauma screening. [Vetoed by the Governor 9/28/16. Read the SB 1466 veto message.]
have required the State Department of Health Care Services, in partnership with the
of Social Services, to convene a stakeholder workgroup to revise and update the
of "medically necessary" to be
applied specifically with respect to
youth, and their families for purposes of access to mental health services
provided under the
and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment Program (EPSDT). The bill
would have required the
to convene by February 2017, and to include representatives of specified
youth, and legislative staff. SB 1466 details.
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