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  Women represent only 26% of the CA State Legislature.

Highlights: Legislation Championed by Female Legislators in California

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billWomen, particularly progressive women, have led on environmental, budget, public works, education and many other issues.
Here are some highlights from 2014-2008 and 2002.
Please check this page often as we will update it.

2014

[Working Women]
AB 1522 -Paid Sick Leave

With this bill, California becomes the first state in the country to mandate paid sick leave for all private-sector employees in every industry.
Author: Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez 

[Sexual Assault]

SB 967 -Affirmative Consent 
To address the prevalence of sexual assault on college campuses, this bill requires colleges and universities that accept state financial aid money to adopt an unambiguous affirmative consent standard for disciplinary hearings. The bill defines consent in sexual activity as “affirmative, conscious, and voluntary agreement.”
Author: Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson

[Public Safety]

AB 1014-Gun Violence Restraining Orders 
AB 1014 provides for the temporary seizure of guns from people determined by the courts to be a threat to themselves or others. It allows law enforcement officers or family members to ask a court for a restraining order against a person believed to be a threat, barring that person’s possession of firearms for 21 days.
Author: Assemblymember Nancy Skinner

[Working Women]

AB 1443-Workplace Sexual Harassment  
The bill explicitly protects unpaid interns from workplace discrimination and sexual harassment. Assemblywoman Skinner introduced the bill in response to a 2013 federal district court ruling in New York, which declared that Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act does not apply to unpaid interns because they are technically not employees. According to Assemblywoman Skinner, “No one should give up their basic civil rights just because they are willing to forgo pay for experience.”
Author: Assemblymember Nancy Skinner

[Rape Kit]

AB1517 -Rape Kit Backlog  
Alarmed by the high number of rape kits that go untested across the state, Assemblywoman Skinner sponsored this bill to “ensure that criminal evidence contained in rape kits is tested promptly and that more rapists are caught and convicted.” An audit conducted by Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley in 2011 found scores of untested rape kits all over the state, including more than 1,900 in Alameda County. To reduce the backlog, the bill establishes deadlines for law enforcement agencies to send rape kits to crime labs and for crime labs to test them.
Author: Assemblymember Nancy Skinner

[Contraception]

SB 1053-Contraceptive Coverage Equity 
This bill requires health insurance carriers to provide all FDA-approved contraceptive methods without co-pays or restrictions such as step therapy or prior authorization. The bill augments the Affordable Care Act, which required health insurers to offer contraception but still allowed them to apply “reasonable management techniques,” which prevented some women from accessing their preferred method of contraception.
Author: Senator Holly J. Mitchell

[Title IX]

SB 1349-Title IX Transparency 
Although Title IX requires that girls have equal opportunity to play sports, current data suggests that girls receive only 3/5 of the athletic opportunities as boys. This bill helps ensure Title IX compliance by requiring high schools to post the number of girls’ and boys’ sport teams on their website, along with the total number of girls and boys playing sports. With easy access to this information, girls (and their families) will be able to ask for the resources and opportunities in the case of inequity.
Author: Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson

[Education]

AB 2350-Pregnancy Discrimination
In order to keep female graduate students enrolled in STEM programs, this bill prohibits schools from demanding that pregnant graduate students take a leave of absence. Further, the bill requires schools to make reasonable accommodations for pregnant graduate students who do want to take a leave of absence; the school must hold their place, provide extensions for preliminary and qualifying exams, and allow them an extra year to complete their degree if they so choose.
Author: Assemblymember Susan A. Bonilla

[Public Safety]

AB 48 – Firearms: Large-Capacity Magazines
Makes it illegal to sell or purchase ammunition conversion kits used to build large-capacity magazines that allow guns to shoot more than 10 rounds of ammunition before being reloaded.
Author: Assemblymember Nancy Skinner

2013

[working women]

SB 770 – Paid Family Leave for Additional Close Family Members
Extends the definition of “family member” under California’s Paid Family Leave Act to include seriously ill siblings, grandparents, grandchildren and parents-in-law
Author: Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson

[working women]

SB 292 – Sexual Harassment
Clarifies existing law to state that sexually harassing conduct need not be motivated by sexual desire in a sexual harassment lawsuit. More info.
Author: Senator Ellen Corbett

[sexual assault]

SB 107 – Sexual Assault Evidentiary Examination Reimbursement
Eliminates the sunset date on authorization to use federal grant funds to reimburse local law enforcement agencies for the cost of forensic exams for victims of sexual assault.
Author: Senator Ellen Corbett

2012

 

[education]

AB 1246 – Instructional Materials
Requires a school district, in order to be eligible for certain funds, to ensure that each student in each school has sufficient textbooks and materials aligned with the adopted content standards. Authorizes the State Board of Education to adopt instructional materials and evaluation criteria for math in grades 1-8 that are aligned with content standards.
Author: Assemblymember Julia Brownley

[education]

AB 1521 – Standardized Testing and Reporting Program
Authorizes the State Department of Education to make available a primary language assessment that allows schools to assess pupils engaged in a dual language immersion program.
Author: Assemblymember Julia Brownley

[low-income families]

AB 1640 – CalWorks Benefits: Pregnant Mothers
Allows pregnant teens aged 18 years and under to access CalWORKS benefits beginning during their first trimester. More info.
Author: Assemblymember Holly Mitchell

[reproductive health]

AB 2348 – Authorizes RNs to Dispense Contraceptives
Allows registered nurses (RN’s) to dispense birth control pills pursuant to a standardized procedure developed with a physician.
Author: Assemblymember Holly Mitchell

[education]

AB 2367 – School Gardens: Sale of Produce
Authorizes schools to sell produce grown in a school garden if the school complies with applicable federal, state and local health and safety requirements.
Author: Assemblymember Susan Bonilla

[reproductive health]

AB 2530 – Prohibits Shackling of Pregnant Inmates
Prohibits shackling of incarcerated pregnant women, requires that pregnant inmates are restrained in the least restrictive way possible when being transported to and from a state or local correctional facility.
Authors: Assemblymember Toni Atkins, Assemblymember Nancy Skinner & Assemblymember Holly Mitchell

[economic justice]

SB 825 – Residential Tenancies: Foreclosures
Extends requirement of a form cover sheet to renters whenever an eviction notice is served within one year after a foreclosure.
Author: Senator Ellen Corbett

[victim’s rights]

SB 1082 Protection of Victims: address confidentiality
Existing law authorizes victims of domestic violence or stalking and reproductive health care providers, employees, volunteers and patients to apply for program protecting the confidentiality of their identity and residence address.  SB 1082 extends these protections by allowing underage victims to renew their application as an adult. Bill would also authorize the office of the Secretary of State to refuse to handle or forward packages intended for program participants, as specified.
Author: Senator Ellen Corbett

2011

 

[education]

AB 250 – Education: Curriculum Support & Reform Act 
Mandates that California align curriculum with Common Core Standards in mathematics and English language arts. More info.
Author: Assemblymember Julia Brownley

[health/education]

AB 462 – School Bus Fuel Tank Replacement
Allows California’s Lower-Emission School Bus Program to fund up to $20,000 for fuel tank replacement in compressed natural gas buses.
Author: Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal

[reproductive health]

AB 499 – Minor’s Medical Care: Consent
Allows a minor age 12 and above to consent to medical care related to the treatment of a sexually transmitted disease.
Author: Assemblymember Toni Atkins

[low-income families]

AB 574 – Program of All-Inclusive Care for Elderly
Allows for long-term implementation of PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for Elderly) to provide comprehensive, long-term care services for elderly by increasing the limit of providers and streamlining prior legislation. More info.
Authors: Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal (with Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro)

[education]

AB 709 – Foster Children: School Placement: Immunization Records
Requires a school to immediately enroll a foster child even if he or she is unable to produce medical records, including proof of immunizations.
Author: Assemblymember Julia Brownley

[equality]

AB 887 – Gender
Includes “gender identity and expression” as a category of protection within California’s anti-discrimination laws. More info.
Author: Assemblymember Toni Atkins

[health care]

AB 969 – Medi-Cal: Clinical Laboratory and Laboratory Services
Prohibits consideration of donated or discounted laboratory tests, examinations and services to uninsured patients as a basis for reduction of Medi-Cal payments below federal reimbursement rates.
Author: Assemblymember Toni Atkins

[education]

AB 1199- School Bonds: Citizens’ Oversight Committee
Extends the tenure of members of citizens’ oversight committees from 2 consecutive terms to no more than 3 consecutive terms.
Author: Assemblymember Julia Brownley

[victims’ rights]

AB 1522- Family Law: Monetary Awards
Requires family court to consider a spouse’s criminal conviction for a violent sexual felony against a spouse in ordering spousal support. In such cases, provides that the injured spouse receive 100% of the community property interest in his or her retirement and pension benefits, requires the court to order payment of attorney’s fees and costs to be paid from community property, if warranted by economic circumstances, and not from the injured spouse’s separate property. Also allows the court to consider, at the request of the injured spouse, to set the date of legal separation as the date of the incident giving rise to the conviction (or earlier, if justice so requires) for community property purposes.
Author: Assemblymember Toni Atkins

[education]

AB 3870 – Pupils: Excused Absences: Military Deployment Activities
Expands the categories of students’ excused absences to include absences for spending time with an immediate family member who is active duty in the uniformed services and has been called to duty for, is on leave of duty from, or has recently returned from deployment to a combat zone or combat defense position.
Author: Assemblymember Susan Bonilla

[working families]

SB 222 – Maternity Coverage in Health Insurance
Will require health insurance companies to provide maternity coverage as part of their individual health insurance policies as of July 1, 2012.
Author: Senator Noreen Evans
Note: This bill had failed/was vetoed six times prior to passage.

[education]

SB 300 Pupil Instruction: Instructional Materials: Content Standards
Requires the State Board of Education to develop a new curriculum framework based on the new content standards for science.
Author: Senator Loni Hancock

[economic justice]

SB 695 – Medi-Cal: County Juvenile Detention Facilities
Provides for the continuation of Medi-Cal benefits for individuals awaiting adjudication at a juvenile detention facility who are eligible to receive Medi-Cal or are subsequently eligible to receive such benefits, provided that the County agrees to pay the State’s share of expenses and costs, through January 2014.
Author: Senator Loni Hancock

[working families]

SB 299 – Maternity Leave Coverage 
Ensures women do not lose their employer-provided health insurance coverage while on maternity leave.
Author: Senator Noreen Evans

[reproductive health]

2010

[education]

AB 185 – Education: Federal Funds
Provides federal funds for local educational facilities including community colleges, UCs and CSUs under School Improvement Grants and the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act.
Author: Assemblymember Joan Buchanan

[family law]

AB 1050 – Child Custody: Preferences of Child
Requires a family court to permit a child who is 14 years or older to address the court regarding custody or visitation, unless the court determines that doing so is not in the minor’s best interest. Requires the court to provide alternative means of obtaining input from a child of any age who is precluded from testifying as a witness.
Author: Assemblymember Fiona Ma

[working families]

AB 1814 – Discrimination in Employment 
Brings state law in line with federal law by clarifying that “bridge” retiree health benefits, which either cease or reduce when the retirees become eligible for Medicaid, are permissible under FEHA.
Author: Assemblymember Joan Buchanan

[children’s health]

AB 2084  – Child Day Care Facilities: Nutrition
Requires licensed day care facilities to adhere to nutritional requirements for beverages served to young children.
Author: Assemblymember Julia Brownley

[child welfare]

AB 2380 – Child Abuse Reporting: Reasonable Suspicion
Clarifies that “reasonable suspicion” that a child has been a victim of child abuse or neglect does not require certainty that child abuse or neglect has occurred, nor does it require a specific medical indication of child abuse or neglect.
Author: Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal

[education]

AB 2650 – Medical Marijuana
Prohibits the possession, cultivation or distribution of medical marijuana within 600-foot radius of a public or private school providing instruction in kindergarten or grades 1 through 12.
Author: Assemblymember Joan Buchanan

[health care]

SB 227 – Pre-existing Medical Condition; Temporary High Risk Pool
Establishes the California Major Risk Medical Insurance Program to provide major risk medical coverage to persons who have been rejected for coverage by at least one private health plan.
Author: Senator Elaine Alquist

[health care]

SB 900 – California Health Benefit Exchange
Establishes the California Health Benefit Exchange, an independent state agency charged with negotiating the best prices for consumers and providing information on health benefit products.
Author: Senator Elaine Alquist

[education]

SB 1143 – Community Colleges: Student Success & Completion
Requires the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges to adopt a plan for promoting and improving student success within the state’s community colleges, and to establish a taskforce to examine best practices for accomplishing student success.
Author: Senator Carol Liu

2009

 

[working families]

AB 154 – Federal Law: Adoption Assistance 
Implements provisions of federal law enhancing adoption incentive payments and increased eligibility of children and families for adoption assistance payments. More info.
Author: Senator Noreen Evans

[child welfare]

AB 1393 – Foster Youth
Requires campuses within the Cal State University system to give priority for housing to current and former foster youth; encourages University of California and community college campuses to give similar priority.
Author: Assemblymember Nancy Skinner

[environment]

SB 391 – California Transportation Plan
Requires the Department of Transportation to update the California Transportation Plan to update the plan every 5 years and to address how the state will achieve maximum feasible emissions reductions in order to attain statewide reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
Author: Senator Carol Liu

[victims’ rights]

SB 273 – Domestic Violence
Ensures continued funding for domestic violence shelters and provision of services to all victims of domestic violence regardless of gender. More info
Author: Senator Ellen Corbett

[children’s’ health]

SB 882 – Electronic Cigarettes
Makes it unlawful to furnish an electronic cigarette to a person under age 18.
Author: Senator Ellen Corbett

[children’s’ rights]

SCR 20 – Children of Incarcerated Parents Bill of Rights
Creates of Bill of Rights for the children of inmates.  Encourages relevant departments to use the Bill of Rights in providing services for this population.
Author: Senator Carol Liu

2008

[education]

AB 994 – Associate Degree Nursing Scholarship Pilot Program
Extends the Associate Degree Nursing Scholarship Pilot Program until Jan. 1, 2009, to continue to provide scholarships to qualified students who agree to work in counties determined to have the most medical need.
Author: Assemblymember Nicole Parra

[low-income families]

AB 3015 – Foster children; school safety and violence prevention
Requires mandatory training for foster homes and foster families include current school safety and violence prevention policies.
Author: Assemblymember Julia Brownley

[low-income families]

AB 2096 – Foster children; extracurricular activities
Allows group foster home providers to use a prudent parent standard when deciding whether to give permission to a child in foster care to participate in extracurricular, enrichment or social activities.
Author: Assemblymember Karen Bass

[low-income families]

SB 1612 – Teen Parents, guardian ad litem
Permits minor parent of a child who is subject to dependency or family law proceedings to appear in court without a guardian ad litem.  Requires the court to appoint a guardian ad litem if the court finds that the minor parent is unable to understand the nature of the proceedings.
Author: Senator Sheila Kuehl

[low-income families]

AB 2483 – Foster Care; Teen Parents 
Ensures that teen parents who are juvenile court dependents consult with their attorneys prior to placing their child in a voluntary program of supervision.
Author: Assemblymember Karen Bass

[low-income families]

SB 1160 – Children’s Social Services Programs 
Simplifies CalWORKs reapplication process for relative caregivers of foster children when they move to a new county. Also extends the sunset date for Youth Pilot Program, which allows counties to blend various funding streams to provide integrated treatment for children at risk of entering the foster care system.
Author: Senator Elaine Alquist

[low-income families]

SB 1136 – Social Services Assistance; unreasonable fees
Creates a private right of action for an individual who has been charged unreasonable fees for assistance in obtaining public social services.
Author: Senator Elaine Alquist

[low-income families]

SB 483 – Medi-Cal; long-term care services
Exercises an option in the Federal Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 to extend Medi-Cal (Medicaid) eligibility for nursing home care and other long-term care services to individuals who have an equity interest in their home of $750,000 or less.
Author: Senator Sheila Kuehl

[reproductive health]

SB 1184 – Reproductive Technologies; HIV-infected donor 
Requires a physician providing insemination or advanced reproductive technologies to verify that an HIV-infected donor is being treated for the disease in a manner that will reduce the chance of transmission during the treatment.
Author: Senator Sheila Kuehl

[violence against women]

AB 1278 – Human Trafficking 
Invalidates contract provisions allowing a wage deduction to cover the cost of emigrating and transporting a person to the United States.  Establishes a procedure for allowing multiple human trafficking violations involving the same victim, but occurring in more than one county, to be tried together in a single county.
Author: Assemblymember Sally Lieber

[violence against women]

AB 2810 – Human Trafficking; citizenship of victim
Requires law enforcement to use due diligence to identify all victims of human trafficking regardless of a person’s citizenship.
Author: Assemblymember Julia Brownley

[violence against women]

AB 1771 – Criminal Domestic Violence; restraining orders
Specifies the information that a court in a criminal domestic violence case may consider in determining whether “good cause” exists to issue a protective order, to include the underlying nature of the offense charged as well as information provided to the court pursuant to a database history search.
Author: Assemblymember Fiona Ma

[violence against women]

AB 2306 – Intimate Partner Battering; writ of habeas corpus
Extends the sunset date of Penal Code Section 1473.5 until 2020, allowing domestic violence survivors convicted of violent felonies to petition the court for a retrial or a reduced sentence by filing habeas corpus petitions if expert testimony on intimate partner battering and its effects was not considered at the time the case was originally prosecuted.
Author: Assemblymember Betty Karnette

2002

 

[working families]

SB 1661 – Disability compensation: family temporary disability insurance
With this bill, CA became the first state to enact a comprehensive paid family leave program. It provides up to 6 weeks of wages to workers who take time off work to care for a seriously ill child, spouse, parent, domestic partner, or to bond with a new child.
Author: Senator Sheila Kuehl

[environment]

AB 1493 – Vehicular emissions: greenhouse gases
Requires the state board to adopt regulations by January 2005 on 2009 model year vehicles and beyond to achieve the maximum feasible reduction of greenhouse gases emitted by passenger vehicles and light-duty trucks.
Author: Senator Fran Pavley
Note: In 2010, when  the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalized limits on global warming pollution from new cars, the national standards — often referred to as the Pavley standards — were patterned after Pavley’s AB 1493.

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