2019 Legislation

SB 144 CRIMINAL ADMINISTRATIVE FEES: “Families Over Fees” is a criminal justice reform bill that seeks to reduce recidivism and eliminate barriers to success for individuals in the crosshatches of the justice system by eliminating criminal administrative fees. 

SB 188 HAIR: the “CROWN Act” (Creating a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural hair) is a jobs bill that amends the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) by clarifying that hairstyles are an inherent characteristic of race, thereby eliminating unfair and racist workplace practices. 

SB 321 CHILD CARE: a “Strong Start for CalWORKs Families” is a child care/jobs bill that removes unnecessary barriers to participation in CalWORKs Stage 1 child care, including expanding eligibility from 6 to 12 months and granting full time eligibility. 

SB 329 HOUSING VOUCHERS: the “Housing Opportunities Act” addresses housing insecurity for housing voucher holders by adding housing vouchers to the protected income class in FEHA. 

SB 639 MEDICAL CREDIT CARDS: curtails predatory lending practices in doctor’s offices by reforming various aspects of medical credit cards including deferred interest. 

SB 555 JAIL FEES: the “Fair Access and Connection to Support” (FACTS) Act reduces the cost of phone calls and commissary items purchased by incarcerated people in county jails and their families and ensures that the inmate welfare fund is used solely for the benefit of inmates. 

SB 716 COURT SCHOOLS: this bill is “Building the Juvenile Hall to Career Pipeline” by requiring court schools to establish post-secondary education and/or vocational training programming for all youth in custody who have graduated or tested out of high school. 

SB 740 LIFE INSURANCE: the “Unclaimed Life Insurance and Annuities Act” codifies the settlement agreement for over 30 life insurance companies by mandating use of the social security death master file for locating life insurance beneficiaries and annuitants. 

SB 464 MATERNAL WELLNESS: the “Dignity in Pregnancy and Childbirth Act” intends to address the inequities of maternal care for black mothers and infants by requiring implicit bias training for perinatal providers involved in services at hospitals and birth centers; requires DPH to track and publish data on maternal mortality rates and pregnancy related conditions. 

SB 361 HEALTH HOMES PROGRAM: aligns California’s 2014 law with the realities of a 2018/19 rollout of the law, which includes a more stable state budget and the current crisis of homelessness and mental health. 

SB 647 TOXIC JEWELRY: “the California Safe Jewelry Act” improves consumer protection by conforming California law to current national and international standards for lead and cadmium in jewelry.