BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL WOMEN OF NEVADA COUNTY POSITIONS ON LAWS AND LEGISLATION – 2018 (As of August 31, 2018)
AB 2601 (Weber) Comprehensive sex education in charter schools
Co-sponsors: ACLU, Black Women for Wellness
The bill would require that comprehensive sex education be provided in California charter schools, while providing significantly more flexibility than for the state’s public schools, e.g., for curriculum and grades of instruction. Public schools must provide comprehensive sexual health and HIV prevention instruction to all students in grades 7 to 12, at least once in middle school and once in high school.
POSITION: Board approved to support in March.
President Zeff sent support letter to the author March 18. Letter of support sent to Sen. Appropriations Committee in early August. Zeff sent support letter urging the Governor to sign the bill on August 30.
Introduced February 15, 2018. Passed in the Assembly Committee on Education on March 22. Passed out of Appropriations Committee on May 25. Passed out of the Assembly on a 54-18 vote, with 6 abstentions, on May 30.
In the Senate, passed as amended in the Education Committee June 20, 7-0. Passed in Appropriations Committee, 5-2, on August 16, 2018. Passed on floor, 27-10, on August 21 (Gaines voting No.) Assembly concurred in Senate amendments, 57-16, on August 27 (No by Dahle).
To be sent to Governor for final action.
SB 320 (Leyva) College Student Right to Access: providing medication abortion
Co-sponsors: Women’s Foundation of California, ACCESS Women’s Health Justice and ACT for Women and Girls
Would require California public university on-campus student health centers to provide medication abortion. It applies to University of California and California State University campuses. The requirements are phased in, becoming fully applicable by January 1, 2022. Presently, most public colleges and universities do not offer on-campus medication abortion services. (Medication abortion is effective up to 10 weeks of pregnancy.) Would establish a medication abortion fund, to be administered by the state Treasurer and an advisory council whose members s/he appoints, to allow for private money grants to on-campus student health centers at public and private colleges and universities, with priority given to public universities. Implementation is contingent on the sufficiency of private funding to cover all costs, for which universities have no obligation to provide General Fund or student fee funding. (An earlier version of the bill also covered community colleges.)
POSITION: Board approved to support on April 5, 2017.
Letter of support sent to Health Comte Chair Ed Hernandez in April, 2017. In coordination with JustCARE (and its California student delegation), Lynn Wenzel and Elaine Sierra voiced their support at the Assembly Higher Education Committee hearing of June 26th, calling several members beforehand. Sent letter of support to Appropriations Committee in late July. Co-President Zeff sent letter urging the Governor to sign the bill on August 30.
Introduced February 13, 2017. In the Senate, passed in the Health Committee on April 24, 6-2. Amended in the Education Committee April 25; pending there at end of session, so it will be a two-year bill, with further action into 2018. It is strongly supported by a campaign spearheaded by The Women’s Foundation of California, and by JUSTCare. Passed in the Education Committee, 4-2 on January 10, 2018. Passed in the Appropriations Committee on January 18. Passed in the Senate, 25-13, on January 29, 2018.
In the Assembly, passed in the Health Committee on June 12th, 10-4. Passed in the Higher Education Committee on June 26th, 8-3. Passed as amended in the Appropriations Committee, 12-5, on August 16. Passed on the floor, 52-25, on August 29 (No by Dahle). Senate concurred in Assembly amendments, 26-13, on August 30 (No by Gaines).
To be sent to Governor for final action.
SB 1190 (Sen. Skinner and Beall, Asm. Limon) Eugenics Sterlilization Compensation Program
Co-Sponsors: California Latinas for Reproductive Justice and Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund
Bill would compensate survivors of state-coerced sterilization under CA eugenic laws of 1909-1979. Most of the 20,000 people sterilized under the state eugenics laws were women and Latina/os. All were classified as having disabilities and lived in state mental institutions, although some were institutionalized only because they were poor or sexually active. Their reproductive capacity was taken away from them without proper consent because they were deemed by the state as “unfit to reproduce.” The bill would provide funding and procedures for payment.
May 18, sent support letter to Senate Appropriations Chair Ricardo Lara. Signed on to floor alert on May 24. Sent support letter to chair of Senate Public Safety Committee on June 21. Letter of support to Asm. Appropriations Committee to be sent by August 1.
Introduced February 15, 2018. In Senate, passed in Committee on Public Safety on April 17, 7-0. Passed unanimously, as amended, in the Appropriations Committee on May 25, 7-0. Passed on Senate floor on May 30, 37-0.
In the Assembly, passed unanimously in the Public Safety Committee on June 26. On August 16, held under submission, as amended on August 8, in the Appropriations Committee. No further action expected in this legislative session.
CA BUDGET ISSUES for FY 2018-19 (Budget Act of 2018: AB 1806, SB 839)
Introduced in Assembly and Senate on January 10, 2018. Referred to respective Budget
Committees later in January.
STD prevention: Request for budget increase of $10 million annually
Lead advocate: Essential Access Health
After hitting a record high for the third year in a row, California now ranks first in the country for the most cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. Nearly half a million Californians were infected with these in 2016. This is no longer an epidemic. It’s a crisis, impacting the most vulnerable populations in our state: young people under the age of 30, men who have sex with men (MSM) populations and communities of color. A significant investment is required to have a long-term public health impact. To address alarmingly high STD rates across California, STD prevention advocates are urging the legislature to allocate an additional $10 million in the state budget to the STD Control Branch for STD prevention activities and outreach and education efforts. Funding would be prioritized to support activities targeting communities disproportionately impacted by STDs in partnership with local organizations.
Signed onto a CCRF coalition letter in May, which was sent to legislative leaders and budget committee chairs on May 21, 2018.
The Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services voted to increase funding for STD prevention programs, but the Senate Budget Subcommittee did not include the funding increase in their budget bill. The budget conference committee settled on $2 million, the amount included in the final budget bill, which was signed by the governor in late June, 2018. (Also, $5 million in funding for HIV/AIDS prevention was included in the budget.)
Title X regulatory changes (Title X is the ONLY federal program dedicated solely to family planning)
The US Department of Health and Human Services proposes changes that would drastically alter program eligibility and the nature of family planning services. The changes would undermine the intended purpose of Title X, i.e., providing funding for quality, affordable family planning to low-income individuals.
Opponents of the rule change cite the following reasons:
- The proposed rule would reduce low-income individuals’ access to the full range of contraceptive methods and services
- The proposed rule would impose onerous separation requirements on Title X providers, upending the Title X network and leaving low-income individuals without access to adequate care and services
- The proposed restrictions on abortion referrals and counseling would prevent patients from receiving full and accurate information about their pregnancy options
- The proposed rule would deter minors from seeking needed services, putting their health and wellbeing at risk
- The proposed definition of “low-income family” is contrary to the text and purpose of Title X
POSITION: Oppose proposed regulatory changes to Title X.
Comments, drafted by Elaine Sierra and Lynn Wenzel, were submitted online to HHS on July 30, before the 7/31/18 due date.
The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) was published in the Federal Register on June 1, 2018. Comments were due by July 31. HHS’s response is expected to take many months.