Legislation & Policy Priorities Archive

Supported & Opposed Legislative Priorities

Legislation and policy supported and opposed by the Commission from 2017 to 2023.

2022-2023 Legislative Priorities

  • SB 702 (Limon) This bill requires the office of the Governor to publish a report containing the demographic information of individuals who have applied to or been appointed to a state board or commission. Additionally, the bill creates a working group to discuss and provide recommendations on ways to diversity state boards and commissions. VETOED
  • AB 273 (Ramos) This proposal seeks to build on past efforts by requiring notification to family members, court appointed counsel, tribes and tribal representatives, and the court of jurisdiction when a child or non-minor dependent is missing and requiring collaborative efforts and due diligence by county social workers/probation officers, courts and other supportive adults to locate, place and stabilize children and youth when they return, with a particular focus on the inclusion of tribes and tribal representatives to address the crisis of missing indigenous youth. VETOED
  • AB 933 (Aguiar-Curry) This bill would include among those privileged communications a communication made by a complainant, without malice, regarding a complaint of sexual assault, harassment, or discrimination and would specify the attorney’s fees and damages available to a prevailing defendant in any defamation action brought against that defendant for making that communication. SIGNED, Chapter 670, Statues of 2023
  • AB 1 (McKinnor) This bill provides employees of the Legislature the right to form, join, and participate in the activities of employee organizations of their own choosing for the purpose of representation on all matters of employer-employee relations. SIGNED, Chapter 313, Statutes of 2023
  • AB 524 (Wicks) This bill would prohibit employment discrimination on account of family caregiver status, as defined, and would recognize the opportunity to seek, obtain, and hold employment without discrimination because of family caregiver status as a civil right. VETOED
  • AB 521 (Bauer-Kahan) This bill requires the standard board to consider regulations to require at least one women’s restroom at construction jobsites. SIGNED, Chapter 529, Statutes of 2023
  • AB 1356 (Haney) This bill will ensure workers have fair notice in the event of a mass layoff. This bill increases the notice requirement from 60 to 90 days, decouples severance negotiations from meeting WARN Act obligations, and expressly includes client employers, third-party agencies, and labor contractors in the definition of “covered employers” to ensure contract workers directly impacted by a mass layoff receive the same protections as direct employees. VETOED
  • SB 525 (Durazo) This bill would increase the state’s minimum wage to $25 for health care workers. SIGNED, Chapter 890, Statues of 2023
  • SB 616 (Gonzalez) This bill will expand the state’s paid sick leave from 3 days to 5. SIGNED, Chapter 309, Statues of 2023
  • SB 686 (Durazo) This bill would make community based organizations responsible for developing and consulting with the Division of Occupational Safety and Health regarding the core education and outreach materials regarding health and safety standards, retaliation, and the division’s workplace safety complaint and retaliation process, including specific issues that affect the domestic work industry differently. VETOED
  • ACA 5 (Low) is a constitutional amendment to protect marriage equality for LGBTQ+ couples and remove Proposition 8 from the state’s constitution. SIGNED, Chapter 125, Statues of 2023
  • AB 957 (Wilson) This bill will update California law to clarify that affirming a child’s gender identity is in the best interests of the child for purposes of legal name change and child custody decisions. VETOED
  • SB 407 (Wiener) This bill will strengthen protections in existing law to ensure that LGBTQ+ foster youth in California are placed in homes that are affirming of LGBTQ+ identities. SIGNED, Chapter 226, Statues of 2023
  • AB 904 (Calderon) This bill would require a health care service plan or health insurer to develop a maternal and infant health equity program that addresses racial health disparities in maternal and infant health outcomes through the use of doulas. SIGNED, Chapter 349, Statues of 2023
  • AB 1015 (Calderon) This bill would create a statewide diaper and wipe distribution program under the Department of Social Services. VETOED
  • AB 1203 (Bains) This bill will provide a sales tax exemption for breast pumps, breast pump collection and storage supplies, breast pump kits and breast pads. SIGNED
  • AB 230 (Reyes) This bill would require public schools maintaining any combination of classes from grades 3 to 12 to provide menstrual products for free. SIGNED, Chapter 421, Statues of 2023
  • AB 254 (Bauer-Kahan) Adds CMIA/HIPAA protections for data collected by menstrual, fertility, and sexual health apps and websites. SIGNED, Chapter 254, Statues of 2023
  • AB 352 (Bauer-Kahan) Enhances privacy protections for medical records related to abortion, pregnancy loss, and other sensitive services through electronic health record sharing and health information exchanges. SIGNED, Chapter 255, Statues of 2023
  • AB 571 (Petrie-Norris) Ensures that medical malpractice insurance includes coverage for comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care. SIGNED, Chapter 256, Statues of 2023
  • AB 576 (Weber) Aligns Medi-Cal coverage of medication abortion with evidence-based clinical guidelines. VETOED
  • AB 1194 (Carrillo) Ensures that California Privacy Rights Act protections always extend to accessing, procuring, or searching for services regarding contraception, pregnancy care, and perinatal care, including abortion services. SIGNED, Chapter 567, Statues of 2023
  • AB 1432 (Carrillo) Requires every health insurance policy or certificate that is issued, or delivered to a resident of California, regardless of the situs of the contract, to comply with California laws that require coverage of abortion services and gender-affirming care. VETOED
  • AB 1481 (Boerner-Horvath) Clarifies Presumptive Eligibility for Pregnant Individuals (currently called PE4PW) coverage policies and ensures PE4PW patients can access abortion services regardless of other health coverage. SIGNED, Chapter 372, Statues of 2023
  • AB 1646 (Nguyen) Expands access to abortion and gender-affirming care by allowing out-of-state medical school graduates to practice in California for up 90 days. SIGNED, Chapter 257, Statues of 2023
  • AB 1707 (Pacheco) Prohibits a healing arts board from disciplining, or a health care facility from denying staff privileges to, a licensed health care professional as a result of an action in another state that is based on the application of a law in that state that interferes with a person’s right to receive sensitive services lawful in California. SIGNED, Chapter 258, Statues of 2023
  • SB 345 (Skinner) Provides legal protections for medication abortions and gender-affirming care. SIGNED, Chapter 260, Statues of 2023
  • SB 385 (Atkins) Seeks to extend many of the updated training rules from SB 1375 last year to additional providers (i.e. physician assistants, etc.) SIGNED, Chapter 178, Statues of 2023
  • SB 487 (Atkins) Provides additional safeguards for California abortion providers and other entities and individuals that serve and support abortion patients that reside in states with hostile abortion laws. SIGNED, Chapter 261, Statues of 2023

2021-2022 Legislative Priorities

2022 Bills Signed!

Addressing Poverty
The cycle of poverty can persist for generations and the Commission’s supported policy seeks to eliminate compounding issues.

SIGNED INTO LAW: SB 975 (Min) – this bill creates a cause of action through which a debtor can enjoin a creditor from holding the debtor personally liable for a debt incurred in the name of a debtor through duress, intimidation, threat, force, fraud, or exploitation of the debtor’s resources or personal information for personal gain

Cultural Competence
Fostering inclusive environments is a priority of the Commission, modernizing California’s language is a key step in achieving this goal.

SIGNED INTO LAW: AB 2022 (Ramos) – this bill requires the removal of the s-word from all geographic features and place names in the State of California and would establish a process for the California Advisory Committee on Geographic Names to review and revise offensive names in the State of California.
SIGNED INTO LAW: SB 923 (Wiener) – this bill requires a health care service plan or health insurer to require all of its health plan or insurer staff who are in direct contact with enrollees or insureds in the delivery of care or enrollee or insured services, to complete evidence-based cultural competency training for the purpose of providing trans-inclusive health care for individuals who identify as transgender, gender diverse, or intersex, no later than January 1, 2024

Fair and Equitable Compensation
Significant gender and wage gaps continue to persist, policies co-sponsored by the Commission seek to eliminate these gaps and get closer to parity.

SIGNED INTO LAW: AB 1287 (Bauer-Kahan) – this bill prohibits businesses within California from charging different prices for any two consumer products that are substantially similar, if the price differential is based on the gender of the individuals for whom the goods are marketed or intended.
SIGNED INTO LAW: SB 1162 (Limon) – this bill expands state pay data reporting requirements to cover contracted employees and requires employers to make pay scale information for positions available to employees and included in job postings.

Housing for All
Access to housing in the United States is not an equal playing field, the Commission’s supported policies strive for inclusion of all Californians.

SIGNED INTO LAW: SB 914 (Rubio) – this bill requires cities, counties, and continuums of care that receive state funding on or after January 1, 2023 to take specific actions to address the needs of unaccompanied homeless women with emphasis on domestic violence survivors.
SIGNED INTO LAW: SB 1017 (Eggman) – this bill allows survivors of domestic violence and other violent acts, who are tenants, to maintain their current housing and avoid eviction, significantly increasing their safety and providing much-needed stability as they heal from trauma.

Reproductive Freedom
At a time when women’s rights are under attack, the Commission’s supported policies protect a women’s right to her own body.

SIGNED INTO LAW: AB 1666 (Bauer-Kahan) – this bill declares that a law of another state that authorizes a person to bring a civil action against a person or entity that receives or seeks, performs or induces, or aids or abets the performance of an abortion, or who attempts or intends to engage in those actions, is contrary to the public policy of this state.
SIGNED INTO LAW: AB 2134 (Weber) – this bill ensures that health care providers who provide abortions are fully compensated for their services.
SIGNED INTO LAW: AB 2185 (Weber) – this bill ensures domestic violence victims access to medical evidentiary exams, free of charge, by Local Sexual Assault Response Teams or other qualified medical evidentiary examiners.
SIGNED INTO LAW: AB 2482 (Calderon) – his bill would establish a pilot program requiring five California State Universities and five California Community Colleges to establish at least one wellness vending machine at their main campus, satellite campus, or both.
SIGNED INTO LAW: AB 2626 (Calderon) – this bill protects abortion providers by preventing professional boards from revoking or suspending a license for providing lawful abortion care in California or in other states.
SIGNED INTO LAW: AB 2586 (C. Garcia) – this bill would address the reproductive and sexual health disparities that Black, Indigenous and other communities of color face.
SIGNED INTO LAW: AB 2872 (Weber) – this bill makes a series of modifications to the Secretary of State’s Safe at Home address confidentiality program, including changes to applications, notice requirements, and bases for termination.
SIGNED INTO LAW: SB 1142 (Caballero) – this bill requires the California Health and Human Services Agency to establish an internet website where the public can access information on abortion services in the state, on or before July 1, 2023, to ensure people have accurate and comprehensive information when accessing abortion services in California. Establishes the Abortion Practical Support Fund to provide grants that increase patient access to abortion.

Supporting Service Members
Military families face unique and burdens, the Commission’s supported policy goes a long way to address these unseen burdens.

SIGNED INTO LAW: SB 1311 (Eggman) – this bill strengthens consumer protections related to military discounts, privacy protection, return of security deposits, auto sales contracts, borrower protections and deferral of interest, among other things.


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.