CCSWG Legislative Agenda

The California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls advocates for public policy and resource allocation that centers the economic needs of women and girls. This legislative agenda meaningfully addresses the role of poverty in women’s overall circumstances and advances the broader interests of women and girls as central to the vitality of California.

 

2022 Bills Signed!

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

COERCED DEBT
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.

INCLUSIVE LANGUAGE
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.

GENDER 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.

HOUSING JUSTICE
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.

ACCESS TO CARE
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.

CONSUMER PROTECTIONS
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.

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Advocacy Archives

 

Click below to find policy and legislation efforts supported and/or sponsored by the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls from 2017 – 2021. Learn more here

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ERA Coalition 

The CCSWG is a proud member of the ERA Coalition, comprised of 200 national and local organizations representing millions of advocates working for the equality. On February 13th, 2020 the House of Representatives voted to dissolve the time limit written in the amendment’s introduction. While it wasn’t taken up in the Senate last year, we’re hopeful it will pass both houses of Congress this year, since its 2021 bipartisan and bicameral introduction!

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Policy In a Pandemic

The California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls (CCSWG) has worked to construct the first California Blueprint for Women’s Pandemic Economic Recovery (Blueprint). The Blueprint describes the collective trajectories of groups of women who entered the pandemic already in economic difficulty and explores opportunities to chart new paths. These policy recommendations focus on potential solutions to pre-existing challenges that were exacerbated by the pandemic and are designed to generate ongoing discussions and debate among California’s leaders, advocates, and the public.

The report and policy items will be available here on November 1, 2022.

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California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls Advocacy

Established as a state agency with 17 appointed commissioners in 1965, the Commission regularly assesses gender equity in a variety of public policy areas, including: health and health access, safety, employment, education, equal representation in the military and the media, and issues relative to the workforce and the economy.