California Family Resource Association

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:

Health 4 All

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.]

Would have, under the School-based Early Mental Health Intervention and Prevention Services for Children Act of 199, expanded the definition of an eligible pupil to include a pupil who attends a preschool program at a publicly funded elementary school and a pupil who is in transitional kindergarten. AB 1644 details.

AB 2410 (Bonta) - Early learning: Local Control School Readiness Act of 2016. [Held in Asm. Appropriations.]

Would have required the State Department of Education to develop prekindergarten learning development guidelines, focused on preparing 4- and 5-year-old children for kindergarten, based on current science that reflects how publicly funded programs can close the school readiness gap. AB 2410 details.

AB 2660 (McCarty) - Early education: three-year plan. [Held in Asm. Appropriations.]

Would have required the State Department of Education, in consultation with the State Board of Education and the State Advisory Council on Early Learning and Care, to submit a 3-year plan for providing access to income eligible children to high-quality prekindergarten programs for a minimum of one year before enrollment in kindergarten and a 3-year plan for ensuring that publicly funded prekindergarten programs focus on certain areas. AB 2660 details.

Sexual Abuse

AB 1675 (Stone) - Juveniles: prostitution. [Held in Sen. Appropriations.]

Current law makes it a misdemeanor for a person to solicit or engage in any act of prostitution or to loiter with the intent to commit prostitution. This bill would have specified that a minor who commits those crimes is not subject to the delinquency jurisdiction of the juvenile court, but they may be adjudged a dependent child of the juvenile court. AB 1675 details.

AB 1883 (Cooley) - Child sexual abuse: prevention pilot program. [Held in Sen. Appropriations.]

Would have established the Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Program as a pilot program in no more than 3 counties to provide child sexual abuse prevention and intervention 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 the above provisions inapplicable to a child under 18 years of age who is alleged to have engaged in conduct 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 be eligible for the California EITC. AB 1847 details.

Social Services

AB 2448 (Burke) -  CalWORKs: welfare-to-work: education. [Vetoed by the Governor 9/29/16. Read the AB 1448 veto message.]

Would 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 program in lieu of participating in a job search or job club, and would have prohibited the county from requiring the recipient to participate in an assessment before the recipient may engage in a high school equivalency program in satisfaction of welfare-to-work requirements. AB 2448 details.

AB 2631 (Santiago) - CalWORKs: housing assistance. [Held in Asm. Appropriations.]

Would have increased the duration of homeless assistance benefits to 30 days and would have deleted the limitation on the number of times a recipient may receive homeless assistance or permanent housing assistance benefits. The bill would also have deleted the authority for the county to require a homelessness 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 telephone or electronic means. SB 947 details.

Mental Health

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.]

Would have required the State Department of Health Care Services, in partnership with the State Department of Social Services, to convene a stakeholder workgroup to revise and update the existing definition of "medically necessary" to be applied specifically with respect to children, youth, and their families for purposes of access to mental health services provided under the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment Program (EPSDT). The bill would have required the workgroup to convene by February 2017, and to include representatives of specified organizations, foster youth, and legislative staff. SB 1466 details.

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