More Women Legislators = Progress: Nancy Skinner

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California’s women legislators are helping protect California communities from gun violence.

Example: Assemblymember Nancy Skinner wrote a law that closes loopholes regulating large-capacity magazine rounds that can transform guns into assault-style weapons. The law makes illegal the purchase or manufacture of large-capacity magazines and “conversion kits,” which enable users to adapt regular magazines into ones that can fire more than ten rounds of ammunition with reloading. As of January 1st, law enforcement officers will be better able to safeguard all Californians.

Wanted: More progressive women serving in office.

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More Women Legislators = Progress: Carol Liu

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California’s women legislators are helping California students succeed in community college.

Example: Senator Carol Liu, longtime educator and school administrator, co-authored a bill that focused the state’s community colleges on student success. Previously, only about one third of California’s community college students graduated or transferred to a four-year college within six years.

The legislation implemented measures to help students stay on track to graduate. Now, students can take advantage of better academic counseling and colleges are set on increasing completion rates. Indeed to receive student support service funds, community colleges must post a student success scorecard on how well the campus is doing to improve completion rates.

Wanted: More progressive women serving in office.

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More Women Legislators = Progress: Toni Atkins

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California’s women legislators are expanding access to reproductive services.

Example: California became the only state in 2013 to expand reproductive services when Governor Brown signed Assemblymember Toni Atkins’ bill to increase the number of medical professionals who can perform abortions.  This new law both addresses California’s shortage of reproductive health care professionals and reaffirms California’s leadership on women’s health issues.

Wanted: More progressive women serving in office.

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More Women Legislators = Progress: Hannah-Beth Jackson

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California’s women legislators are enabling families to take care of loved ones who are ill.

Example: Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson strengthened California’s Paid Family Leave Program by adding grandparents, grandchildren, parent-in-laws and siblings to the list of relatives for whom workers can receive partial pay while caring for them.  Today, this assistance program encompasses more family circumstances and better allows workers to tend to their ailing family members.

Wanted: More progressive women serving in office.

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More Women Legislators = Progress: Holly Mitchell

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California’s women legislators support California’s most vulnerable families.

Example: Senator Holly Mitchell devised the “Mitchell Plan” as an Assemblymember and successfully incorporated a 5% raise in CalWORKS cash grants into the budget. This boost to CalWORKS reversed a 5-year trend of annual cuts to the program.  Today, California families in poverty receive more help.

Wanted: More progressive women in the California Legislature.

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More Women Legislators = Progress: Fran Pavley

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California’s women legislators are national policy leaders.

Example:  Senator Fran Pavley’s California bill to limit greenhouse gas emissions from cars and trucks prompted Congress to raise the national standard. Today cars and trucks are cleaner and we can all breathe easier.

Wanted: More progressive women serving in office.

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