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2017 Legislative Priorities

JPAC lobbied our state representatives on the following issues/bills:

  1. Immigration Bill Package:
    AB 3 (Bonta) will create Regional Centers and Statewide Resource Centers for public defenders to gain immigration expertise
    AB 291 (Chiu) will prohibit landlords from threatening to report tenants to immigration authorities, whether in retaliation for engaging in legally-protected activities or to influence them to vacate.
    AB 699 (O’Donnell) will safeguard against immigration enforcement activities on school campuses and promote a safe and equitable learning environment for all students.
    SB 6 (Hueso) will provide access to qualified legal counsel to immigrants in deportation or removal proceedings
    SB 29 (Lara) will prevent local governments from contracting with private companies to detain immigrants for profit
    SB 31 (Lara) will prevent public agencies and their employees from assisting with or providing personal information for any federal registry based on an individual’s religious, ethnic or national origin
    SB 54 (de Leon) prohibit state and local law enforcement agencies, including school police and security departments, from engaging in immigration enforcement.
  2. AB 1520 (Burke):  Lifting Children and Families out of Poverty Act:  This bill establishes a permanent framework through the state budget process, which requires the Legislature to invest in programs that have been proven to significantly reduce child poverty. The goal of this bill is to reduce child poverty by 50% over the 20-year period starting in fiscal year 2018-19 and to use the framework proposed by this bill as recommendations for enacting future legislation to fund programs or services and future innovations to reduce child poverty.  In addition, the Legislature will be required to hold hearings on California’s progress to reduce child poverty every two years.  This bill passed by a unanimous (14-0) vote of the Assembly Appropriations Committee on the bill on May 26th, 2017.  It passed the Assembly Floor without any opposition.
  3. Budget Ask:  $2 million for the California Nonprofit Security Grant: SUCCESS!
    The State of California has a demonstrated need for a state grant program (similar to the federal Nonprofit Security Grant Program administered by the Department of Homeland Security in cooperation with the California Office of Emergency Services) to support target hardening and other physical security enhancements for nonprofit organizations that are at risk of a violent attack. Such funding would enable eligible nonprofit organizations to obtain physical security enhancements (e.g., reinforced doors and gates, high-intensity lighting systems, alarms) and security training that would help them to prevent, mitigate, and respond to acts of terrorism and hate-motivated violence. Similar to the federal program, criteria for determining eligible applicants could include factors such as prior attacks or threats against the organization or similar organizations, findings from risk assessments, the symbolic value of the organization or site, and the role of the organization in responding to or recovering from an attack.  This budget item was approved by Governor Brown

We are actively supporting the following bills during the 2017 legislative session:

SB 2 (Atkins) Building Homes and Jobs Act
SB 3 (Beall) Affordable Housing Bond Act of 2018
AB 158 (Chu) Hate crime reporting standards
AB 800 (Chiu) Hate crimes: hotline
AB 1161 (Ting) Hate crimes
AB 796  (Kalra) Public social services: SSI/SSP
AB 164 (Arambula) Food Assistance
AB 60 (Santiago & Gonzalez) Subsidized child care and development services: eligibility periods
B 569 (Gonzalez Fletcher) Discrimination: reproductive health
AB 900 (Gonzalez) Compensation for Victims of Human Trafficking

2016 Legislative Priorities

JPAC lobbied our state representatives on the following issues/bills:

  1. AB 2844 (Bloom) Public Contracts: Discrimination – Governor Brown signed AB 2844 (Bloom) on September 24th.  AB 2844 passed both Houses of the Legislature in August by overwhelming majorities despite strong opposition from anti-Israel groups.
  2. SB 1053 (Leno) The Housing Opportunities Act – This bill ensured that landlords could not deny rental applicants housing opportunities simply because they receive rental subsidies, such as Section 8 vouchers. Unfortunately, the bill died on the Senate Appropriation Suspense File.
  3. Social Services Budget items:
    1. Requested that the Senate Leadership Proposal, the No Place Like Home Initiative, would maintain critical funding for current mental health services
    2. Requested $5.4 million increase in General Fund support for senior nutrition programs, in which we received a $2 million increase.

2015 Legislative Priorities

JPAC lobbied our state representatives on the following issues/bills:

  1. The Preschool for All Act of 2015: AB 47 (McCarty)
  2. Hunger/food insecurity bill package (AB 608, AB 1240, AB 1321)
  3. Reinvesting in Programs for Frail Older Adults
  4. The California non-profit Security Grant Program ($2 million)

2014 Legislative Priorities

JPAC advocates lobbied to prevent bullying and human trafficking and to increase funding for the social service safety net.  Bills we supported include:

  1. The social service budget: Restoration of the SSI/SSP COLA and $5 million for the State Emergency Food Assistance Program (SEFAP) program
  2. SB 840 (Lara):This bill would increase school safety by improving the handling of bullying and discrimination in public schools
  3. SB 1165 (Mitchell, Block): This bill would add sexual abuse and sex trafficking prevention education to the sexual health education for junior high and high school students
  4. SB 1388 (Lieu):This bill would increase penalties for sex buyers


JPAC supported a resolution authored by Senator Marty Block (SCR 121): Relative to the Memorandum of Understanding Between Israel and California.

2013 Legislative Priorities

Our 2013 priority list included gun safety, Israel/CA trade,  Community-Based Adult Services (CBAS), and Anti-Semitism on campus.

  1. The LIFE Act:  “Lifesaving Intelligent Firearms Enforcement: Senate Democrats unveiled eight legislative actions to curb gun violence in California which would close loopholes in the regulation, circulation and education relating to firearms and gun ownership. Termed the “LIFE Act,” it includes eight bills all backed by Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg.For more information about the LIFE Act, please click here.
  2. Assembly Bill 518 (Yamada and Blumenfield): Community-Based Adult Services: CBAS is an outpatient service that offers critical health and social services in an integrated manner to Medi-Cal eligible patients who are at risk of placement into nursing homes at much greater expense to the State.  Participants receive skilled nursing care, therapeutic activities, physical therapy, and a range of other services to assist people in avoiding costlier – and usually undesired – out-of-home placements.  A.B. 518 seeks to provide statewide standards that will help provide a more uniform and reliable system of care throughout the State.
  3. JPAC partnered with former State Assemblymember Bob Blumenfield and former Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg to circulate a letter to the University of California Regents thanking them for their stance against BDS.  Read the letter here.

Other bills JPAC supported include:

  • AB 978 (Blumenfield):Financial institutions: Iran sanctions
  • AB 1166 (Blumenfield):  International relations: trade and economic development: Israel
  • AB 156 (Holden): Human trafficking: interception of electronic communications.
  • AB 694 (Bloom): Admissibility of evidence: victims of human trafficking
  • SB 327 (Yee): Human trafficking: recall and resentencing
  • SB 516 (Steinberg): Human trafficking
  • SB 612 (Leno): Residential tenancy: victims of human trafficking and elder or dependent adult abuse
  • AB 276 (Hueso): CalFresh eligibility
  •  AB 309 (Mitchell): CalFresh: homeless youth
  • AB 191 (Bocanegra)  CalFresh: categorical eligibility
  • AB 216 (Stone and Maienschein): High school graduation requirements: pupils in foster care
  • SB 391 (DeSaulnier):  California Homes and Jobs Act of 2013
  • AB 16 (Perez):  Domestic violence: corporal injury
  • AB 65 (Achadjian, Lowenthal): Sex crimes
  • SB 400 (Jackson): Employment protections: victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking
  • AB 263 (Hernández, Roger) Employment: retaliation: immigration-related document practices
  •  SB 118 (Leiu) Unemployment Insurance


2012 Legislative Priorities

  1. AB 2160 (Blumenfield and Feuer): AB 2160 empowers the California Insurance Commissioner to disallow investments in Iran from assets that would otherwise contribute to the financial solvency of insurers as a condition for operating in California. AB 2160 would require a domestic insurer to treat any indirect investment in the Iranian energy sector as a “nonadmitted asset” on the financial statements of that insurer in filings with the California Insurance Commissioner. This bill was approved by the Governor on September 23, 2012. on AB 1260 can be found here
  2. SB 1193 (Steinberg): This bill would require specific businesses to post a list of resources to assist victims of human trafficking.  This bill was approved by Governor Brown on 9/24/12. on AB 1732 can be found here.
  3. AB 1732 (Campos): This bill would expand under the definition of bullying the following terms “electronic act” via a post on a social network Internet Web site “burn pages,” “credible impersonations,” and “false profiles.” This bill was approved by the Governor on July 23, 2012. on AB 1732 can be found here.
  4. Social Services Budget