The 2023 Legislative session has now ended.
These important bills were signed into law by the governor:
SB 4 - Senate Bill 4 provides a streamlined process for religious organizations and nonprofit colleges to develop 100% affordable housing on their property.
AB 1104 - Co-sponsored by FCLCA. This bill states that the deprivation of liberty satisfies all requirements for punishment, and that the purpose of incarceration is rehabilitation for the purpose of successful re-entry. It also lifts up the importance of community-based organizations in providing programming.
SB 261 - requires corporations, financial institutions, and insurers to disclose their climate-related financial risks.
SB 253 - the Corporate Accountability Act, requires corporations with annual revenues totaling $1 billion or more that do business in California, to disclose their carbon footprint in a manner that is easily understood by the public.
AB 418 - California has become the first state in the nation to ban four toxic chemicals added to food.
SB 616 - Increases the amount of paid sick leave from 3 days to 5 days
SB 567 - The Homelessness Prevention Act strengthens protections for renters facing evictions for renovations or landlord move-ins
SB 555 - the Stable Affordable Housing Act of 2023 directs the Office of Housing and community development to complete a California Social Housing Study consisting of a comprehensive analysis of the opportunities, resources, obstacles, and recommendations for the creation of housing that is affordable and social housing at scale.
These bills advocated for by FCLCA were vetoed by the governor:
AB 1085 - to provide a Medi-Cal benefit of housing support services to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
AB 1536 - to expand the CAPI program, which provides cash assistance to blind, elderly and disabled immigrants to those immigrants who are undocumented.
AB 608 - expands the year-long perinatal services available under Medi-Cal
AB 524 - which would have prohibited employment discrimination based on a worker's status as a family caregiver
These bills became two-year bills and may be taken up next year, the second year of a two-year session. With your help, we will continue to advocate for them.
SB 227 - to provide a program of unemployment benefits for undocumented workers.
AB 4 - to provide Covered California health insurance benefits to undocumented immigrants.
SB 94 - creates a process for persons sentenced to life without parole to petition a court to take a second look at the prisoner’s sentence, with an eye towards mitigating circumstances now contained in law and the prisoner’s behavior while incarcerated, provided that the prisoners has served at least 25-years and the offense occurred before June 5, 1990.
AB 280 - the California Mandela Act creates a clear definition of solitary confinement, prohibits its use for vulnerable persons, and limits its application for all others to 15 consecutive days and no more than 45 days in a 180-day period.