Legislation & Policy Priorities

Supported & Opposed Legislative Priorities

Check out past supported and opposed bills targeting our legislative priorities from 2017 to 2021.

2020-2021 Legislative Priorities

The California State Legislature session ended on September 10th with a total of 694 measures that awaited the Governor’s signature. By the October 10th deadline, Eight of the nine Commission’s supported measures that made it to the Governor’s desk received his signature! This was in addition to the 2021-22 State Budget that funded many of the Commission’s priorities including maintaining MediCal telehealth through the end of 2022, waiving child care family fees through 2022, 9-8-8 mental health crisis hotline funding, free school meals and Medi-Cal coverage regardless of immigration status. Below are summaries of this year’s achievements that will have great impact the lives of low income women and girls, especially of color, pregnant people and survivors of abuse


Health Access

Mental Health

Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Prevention & Support

Reproductive Justice


2019-2020 Legislative Priorities


  • ACA 5 (Weber, Gipson, Santiago, and Gonzalez. (Coauthors: Assembly Members, Burke, Cooper, Holden, Jones-Sawyer, and Kamlager, McCarty, and Mark Stone) (Coauthors: Senators Bradford, Mitchell and Hueso) – A resolution to propose to the people of the State of California an amendment to the Constitution of the State, by repealing Section 31 of Article I thereof, relating to government preferences.
  • 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


2020 Legislation and Policy Priorities
The California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls voted unanimously on August 3, 2020 to support the following legislation:

SB493 (Jackson): This bill requires, by January 1, 2021, a post-secondary institution that receives state funds to comply with various requirements pertaining to student sexual harassment protections and to provide students with procedural protections relating claims of sexual harassment.

SB 1399 (Durazo): For the purpose of wage claim enforcement in the garment industry, expands the definition of garment manufacturing to include brand guarantors, eliminates piece rate pay, provides for joint and several liability among manufacturers, brand guarantors, and contractors, and creates a rebut-table presumption of the identity of a brand guarantor by the provision of a brand’s label.

AB 1927 (Boerner Horvath): This bill makes the testimony of a victim or witness in a felony prosecution for specified sex crimes that the victim or witness, at or around the time of crime, unlawfully possessed or used a controlled substance or alcohol inadmissible in a separate prosecution of that victim or witness to prove illegal possession or use of that controlled substance or alcohol.

SB 1237 (Dodd, Burke, Mitchell): This bill removes the requirement for physician and surgeon supervision for a certified nurse midwife (CNM) to practice midwifery; revises the provisions defining the practice of midwifery; authorizes a CNM to attend cases out of a hospital setting; authorizes a CNM to furnish or order drugs or devices in accordance with standardized protocols; and, requires a CNM to provide specified disclosures to a patient.

SB 973 (Jackson): Requires private employers with 100 or more employees to submit a report annually to the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) with pay data for specified job categories broken down by race, ethnicity, and sex.

SB 1383 (Jackson): Expands the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) to allow employees to use unpaid job protected leave to care for a domestic partner, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, or parent-in-law who has a serious health condition.


2017-2018 Legislative Priorities

SB 1150 (Jackson) – Gender Discrimination.