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2019 Legislative Agenda

Endorsed Bills


Public University Student Health Centers: Abortion by Medication Techniques

SB 24 (Leyva)

This bill would require access to abortion by medication techniques at on-campus student health centers at public postsecondary educational institutions in the state. This bill is intended to provide University of California and California State University students access to treatment which might otherwise be unavailable to them on campus or nearby in the local community. A similar bill was passed by the Legislature in the 2017-18 session but was vetoed by Governor Brown.

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Status: In Assembly


Paid Family Leave

SB 135 (Jackson)

This bill expands current laws related to both unpaid and Paid Family Leave. It ensures that the majority of Californians who pay into the Paid Family Leave Program can use it without losing their jobs, as current law does not protect the jobs of people who use the PFL program. It also increases the number of employers who must provide 12 weeks of unpaid family leave by extending it to employers of five or more people (existing law states 20 or 50 employees); this will allow more newborns to receive individual care for their first six months of life, an essential time for early brain development. The law also ensures that California’s leave laws reflect the state’s diverse, multigenerational families and caregiving needs.

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Status: In Committee


Employers: Annual Report: Pay Data

SB 171 (Jackson)

This bill would require, on or before March 31, 2021, and annually thereafter, a private employer that has 100 or more employees and who is required to file an annual Employer Information Report under federal law, to submit a pay data report to the Department of Fair Employment and Housing that contains specified wage information. The bill would require the department to make the reports available to the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement upon request. The purpose of the bill is to enable California to effectively enforce the state’s pay equity laws, as wage data is no longer included in mandated employer reporting by the current federal administration.

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Status: In Assembly


California Dignity in Pregnancy and Childbirth Act

SB 464 (Mitchell)

This bill would make legislative findings relating to implicit bias and racial disparities in maternal mortality rates, and would require hospitals, alternative birth centers, and primary clinics that provide services as an alternative birth center, to implement an evidence-based implicit bias program for all providers involved in perinatal care of patients within those facilities. The bill would require the health care provider to complete initial basic training through the program and a refresher course at least every two years thereafter. This bill is in response to data showing significantly higher levels of maternal mortality among women of color, especially African American women, and treatment responses that may reflect bias and discrimination, which the bill seeks to remedy.

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Status: In Assembly


Education: Sex Equity

SB 493 (Jackson)

This bill would require an institution of higher education that receives state funds, including funds for student financial assistance, to comply with requirements relating to the protection of students from sexual harassment (including sexual battery, sexual violence, and sexual exploitation). It also provides students with procedural protections relating to complaints of sexual harassment; those include the adoption of grievance procedures providing for the prompt and equitable resolution of sexual harassment complaints, and appropriate training for staff involved in handling reports of sexual harassment. This legislation provides for state enforcement of gender equity laws in all higher education institutions in California that receive any state funding, whether or not the federal government actively enforces similar Title IX protections.

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Status: In Assembly


Sales and Use Taxes: Exemption: Sanitary Napkins: Tampons: Menstrual Sponges and Menstrual Cups

AB 31 (Garcia)

This bill would exempt from sales tax menstrual products that would be treated as necessities. The bill recognizes that women have no choice but to purchase these products and should not be required to pay sales tax that is normally exempted from necessities. As is common with other state sales tax exemptions, the state would not reimburse local agencies for lost tax revenues. A similar bill was passed by the Legislature in the 2017-18 session but was vetoed by Governor Brown.

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Status: In committee. Hearing postponed.


Competitions on State Property: Prize Compensation: Gender Equity

AB 467 (Boerner Horvath)

This bill applies to state entities which are responsible for leasing or permitting competition events on state lands. When the event in question is a competition with gendered categories, the bill requires the permitting entity to ensure equal prize compensation for both sexes in the lease or permit requirements. Recently, the California Coastal Commission included this equity requirement for a surfing competition it permitted; this bill would make such provisions mandatory with all permitting entities, if the completion includes gendered categories.

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Status: In Committee


Health Care Coverage: Infertility

AB 767 (Wicks)

While current laws relating to state regulation of health insurance require insurers to cover treatment of infertility, they do not include in vitro fertilization in that coverage requirement. This bill would require all health care service plan contracts that cover medical, hospital or surgical costs on a group basis to provide coverage for in vitro fertilization as a treatment of infertility, and mature oocyte cryopreservation. The bill also deletes the exemption for religiously affiliated employers, health care service plans, and health insurance policies from the requirements relating to coverage for the treatment of infertility, making them subject to the coverage requirement.

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Status: In Senate


State and Local Boards and Commissions: Representation: Appointments

AB 931 (Boerner Horvath)

This bill would require the composition of each state and local board and commission with appointed members to have a specified minimum number of women board members or commissioners based on the total number of board members or commissioners on that board by January 1, 2025. The bill also requires the office of the Governor, with respect to those boards and commissions, to collect and release annual aggregated demographic data on state and local board and commission applicants, nominees, and appointees. This bill would include findings that the changes proposed by this bill address a matter of statewide concern rather than a municipal affair and, therefore, apply to all cities and counties, including charter cities and counties.

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Status: In Committee

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