Legislation and Policy Priorities

2018-2019 Legislative Priorities


  • AB 9 (Reyes, Friedman, Waldron) – Extends the filing period with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing for complaints of unlawful employment practices to three years buts prohibits the revival of lapsed claims.
  • AB 24 (Burke) – Enacts the Targeted Child Tax Credit which would provide increased support for California Families living in poverty 
  • AB 31 (Garcia) – Repeals the sales tax on menstrual products until January 1, 2025
  • AB 196 (Gonzalez) – Ensures workers utilizing the States’s Paid Family Leave (PFL) program can receive 100 percent wage replacement during the period of their leave.
  • AB 577 (Eggman) – Would extend the duration of Medi-Cal eligibility for postpartum care for an individual who is diagnosed with a maternal mental health condition from 60 days, instead, up to one year beginning on the last day of pregnancy. 
  • AB 931 (Boerner Horvath) – Would require state and local boards and commissions to have a specific minimum number of women board members or commissioners
  • SB 24 (Leyva) – Would require CSU and UC health centers to provide medication abortion services
  • SB 135 (Jackson) – Would prohibit an employer with 5 or more employees to refuse to grant an employee a request to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for family care and medical leave if the employee had 180 days of services with the employer. Also expands the definition of family to include grandparent, grandchild, sibling, etc.
  • SB 171 (Jackson) – Would require large employers to report pay and job title information broken down by gender, race,and ethnicity to the Department of Fair Employment and Housing on an annual basis.
  • SB 464 (Mitchell) – Recognizes and addresses clear inequities in pregnancy and birth outcomes for black women and children by requiring implicit bias training for all perinatal providers in hospitals and birthing clinics: also requires data collection by the Department of Public Health
  • SB 493 (Jackson) – Would codify federal Title lX protections in California state statute
  • SB 611 (Caballero) – Calls on the Governor’s Office to establish the Master Plan for Aging Housing Task Force to assess the housing issues affecting California’s aging population.
  • SCR 15 (Chang) – Designates April 7-13, 2019 as Women and Girls in STEM Week


  • SB 673 (Morrell) – Would require an “opt-in” instead of current law, “opt-out”, for sexual health education and HIV prevention education for pupis in the 7th grade and lower

2017-2018 Legislative Priorities

SB 1150 (Jackson) – Gender Discrimination.

2016-2017 Legislative Priorities

  • AB 9 (Garcia) – Would end the tax on feminine hygiene products in California.
  • AB 10 (Garcia) – Would provide menstrual products, free of charge, in Title 1 schools.
  • AB 46 (Cooper) – Expands California’s pay equity laws for women and minorities to encompass all employees in both the public and private sectors.
  • AB 60 (Santiago and Gonzalez-Fletcher) – This bill deals with the eligibility periods for subsidized child care and development services.
  • AB 168 (Eggman) – This bill will prohibit employers from seeking a job candidates’ salary history and require that employers provide a salary range to a job applicant, upon reasonable request.
  • AB 273 (Aguiar-Curry) – This bill would clarify that English as a Second Language (ESLO and High School Equivalency (HSE) educational programs are acceptable types of training courses for families to qualify for state-subsidized child care and preschool.
  • AB 480 (Gonzalez-Fletcher) – This bill would clarify that diapers for infants and toddlers are reimbursable ancillary expenses for CalWORKs participants with young children in the Welfare to Work program.
  • AB 557 (Rubio) – implementation of this bill would support domestic violence survivors who are applicants or recipients of CalWORKs by requiring counties to waive certain program requirements for families at risk of escaping a violent environment.
  • AB 569 (Gonzalez-Fletcher) – This bill would protect an employee’s right to make very personal and private reproductive choices without interference from, or retaliation by, and employer.
  • AB 1209 (Gonzalez-Fletcher) – This bill will require that employers with more than 500 employees to file a Statement of Information with the Secretary of State to report specific information regarding pay gaps between men and women.
  • AB 1312 (Gonzalez-Fletcher and Berman) – This bill would ensure that rape kits are not destroyed prematurely, that survivors of sexual assault are aware of their rights and the resources available to them, and codify important additional rights for survivors such as free post-assault contraception.
  • AB 1386 (Waldron) – The purpose of this bill is to launch a breast and ovarian cancer screening and awareness short-term program to promote and encourage genetic testing and screening among individuals newly diagnosed with breast and ovarian cancer.
  • SB 63 (Jackson) – This bill would provide up to 12 weeks of job-protected maternity and paternity leave for more California employees. Specifically, this bill would allow employees who work for a company with 20 or more employees, within a 75 mile radius, to take up to 12 weeks of job-protected leave to care for a new child.
  • SB 169 (Jackson) – This bill would codify the standards articulated in the 2011 OCR Dear Colleague letter and ensure strong state level enforcement.
  • SB 500 (Leyva) – This bill would clarify that extortion includes coercion involving sexual acts and sexually explicit images. It also clarifies that accessing and, without permission, using any date, including sexually explicit recordings or images of another, is a public offense.