California Legislation 2017
The California Work and Family Coalition is currently working closely with Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) on a priority bill:
SB 63 - The New Parent Leave Act
This bill extends job protection under the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) to more new parents taking bonding leave. Currently, CFRA only covers workers in businesses with 50 or more employees, SB 63 would extend job protection to new parents in businesses with 20 or more employees. All new parents should have access to bonding leave for the health and well-being of children.
5/30 Update: We are excited that SB 63 has passed out of the Senate! It has now moved onto the Assembly.
6/30/17 Update: SB 63 has passed out of Assembly Labor and Judiciary Committee - the latter with bipartisan support! It has now moved to Assembly Appropriations Committee.
The Coalition also supports legislation that aligns with our values and strategic policy priorities:
AB 60 - The Child Care Protections for Working Families Act (Asm. Santiago & Gonzalez Fletcher)
June 27, 2017 - AB 60 was approved by Governor Jerry Brown! Congratulations to Parent Voices, Child Care Law Center, and other advocates who pushed for this bill! Learn more at parentvoices.org.
Show Your Support
Write Support Letters
Legislators often consider the organizations and individuals who support or oppose a bill to help them decide how to vote. The Coalition is working with a number of organizations to send support letters before each Committee hearing and floor vote to make sure that legislators sees who is supporting these bills.
1. Use the templates to draft your support letter. It is especially helpful to include personal anecdotes about how you or someone you know may have been affected by the problems that this bill tries to address, and/or how this bill aligns with your values.
2. Email the letter to the office where the letter is addressed and cc firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can keep track of who and how many have submitted letters.
Visit Your Representatives
The Coalition is working with member organizations to meet with legislators and talk to them about why these bills are important for low-income working parents and families in California. Legislators especially value speaking with their constituents.
If you would like to join a district visit, please email us at email@example.com with your zip code, the representatives you would like to visit, and the bills you want to speak about.
Call Your Representatives
If you cannot attend a district visit or the visit has already happened, you can still help! Call your legislators today and tell them why you support helping low-income working families thrive.