Priority Legislation

2021 Latino Caucus Priority Legislation: 


Health Care Access

AB 4 (Arambula) & SB 56 (Durazo) Health for All: These bills expand health care access by ensuring that all low income adults/seniors, irrespective of immigration status, are eligible for full scope Medi-Cal coverage.  Health Care for Undocumented Seniors 50+ Approved in AB 133 (budget) Chapter 143

           

Worker Rights/Workplace Safety

AB 73 (R. Rivas) Farmworker Wildfire Smoke Protection Act: This bill protects farmworkers and other agricultural workers from wildfire smoke by providing resources for specialized Cal/OSHA strike teams, bilingual educational materials and stockpiles of protective masks. Chapter 322, Statutes of 2021

AB 1074 (Gonzalez) Rehire and Retention Rights for Laid-off Hospitality Workers: This bill protects jobs and supports economic recovery by ensuring employees in the hospitality industry, specifically those laid-off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, are rehired to their previous jobs when their employer reopens.  Vetoed by Governor.  However, Recall Rights Approved in SB 93 (Budget) Chapter 16

SB 321 (Durazo) Domestic Worker Health & Safety:  This bill extends basic labor protections, particularly those in California’s Occupational Safety and Health Act, to privately paid “household domestic service” employees.  Chapter 332, Statutes of 2021

 

Environment/Infrastructure

AB 1 (C. Garcia) DTSC Reform: This bill seeks to make the Department of Toxic Substance Control more transparent and accountable by instituting reforms proposed by an Independent Review Panel.  Held in Sen. Environmental Quality Committee

AB 1500 (E. Garcia) Safe Drinking Water, Wildfire Prevention, Drought Preparation, Flood Protection, Extreme Heat Mitigation, and Workforce Development Bond Act of 2022: This bill proposes a $6.7 billion bond to respond to the impacts of climate change. Disadvantaged and vulnerable communities are prioritized for bond investments.  Held in Asm. Rules

AB 14 (Aguiar-Curry) & SB 4 (Gonzalez) Broadband Access: These bills help bridge the digital divide by expediting access to reliable broadband service and addressing the diverse connectivity needs of all Californians. Chapter 658 & Chapter 671, Statutes of 2021

 

Economic Equity/Tax Reform

AB 221 (Santiago) Emergency Food Assistance for All: This bill provides emergency food assistance to low-income families, regardless of immigration status, and requires the Department of Social Services to recommend ways to establish a permanent food assistance program for all food-insecure Californians.  Held in Sen. Appropriations Committee

SB 691 (Rubio) CalEITC Expansion: Low Wage Workers and Unpaid Caregivers: This bill permanently increases the California Earning Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) for workers excluded from the federal EITC and extends eligibility for the Young Child Tax Credit.  Held in Sen. Appropriations Committee

 

Education

AB 101 (Medina) Ethnic Studies: This bill requires high schools to provide ethnic studies starting in academic year 2025-26 and requires students graduating in 2029-30 and thereafter to take one semester of ethnic studies.  Chapter 661, Statutes of 2021

AB 469 (Reyes) FAFSA and Dream Act Completion: This bill improves student access to college financial aid resources by requiring local education agencies to ensure all high schools seniors complete the FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application forms before graduating. Chapter 560, Statutes of 2021

AB 1554 (Ramos) California Indian Education Act:  This bill requires the grade school History-Social Science curriculum be revised to include instruction on the culture, history, and contributions of California’s Indian tribes.  Held in Asm. Education Committee

 

New American/Immigrant Rights

AB 937 (Carrillo) VISION Act: This bill protects individuals deemed eligible for release from jails and prisons from facing additional punishment in the immigration detention system by prohibiting transfers to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) without a federal warrant.  Held on Sen. Floor

AB 1096 (L. Rivas) Replace Alien with Non-Citizen in State Statutes: This bill combats negative stereotypes and racial animus by replacing all references of “alien” in state statute with “non-citizen.”   Chapter 296, Statutes of 2021

SB 714 (Caballero) County Central Committees: Undocumented Delegates: This bill allows DREAMers and other aspiring citizens to be appointed and/or elected to a delegate position with a county central committee.   Chapter 299, Statutes of 2021

 

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