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17th Annual Immigrant Day & Spring Legislative Update

Today is the 17th Annual Immigrant Day, and hundreds of immigrants and allies will converge upon the California State Capitol to lobby the Immigrant Day Policy Platform.

Additionally, this week we will learn the fate of hundreds of bills that are currently on suspense in their respective Appropriations Committee. Please see below for the full list of bills which affect immigrant communities that CIPC is tracking as part of the 2013 Legislative Session.

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CIPC Sponsored Bills

AB 4 (Ammiano) - THE TRUST ACT - CO-SPONSOR WITH THE ASIAN LAW CAUCUS, THE NATIONAL DAY LABORER ORGANIZING NETWORK, THE ACLU OF CA, AND MALDEF: This bill would limit unfair, costly detentions of immigrants in local jails for deportation purposes if they are otherwise eligible for release.

Status: This bill has passed the Assembly Floor, and is in Senate Rules Committee awaiting referral to its policy committee.

AB 1195 (Eggman) - ACCESS TO CRIME REPORTS FOR VICTIMS OF CRIME – This bill ensures that any victim of crime has access to their crime report, regardless of their legal status. Further, this bill seeks to clarify that a state or local law enforcement agency cannot deny a victim of a crime their crime report due to their residency status in the United States of America.

Status: This bill is set for a hearing in Senate Public Safety on June 4th.

Health and Human Services

ABx1 1 (Perez) / SBx1 1 (Steinberg/Hernandez) – Medi-Cal ELIGIBILITY – SUPPORT: These bills 1would expand Medi-Cal eligibility to 1.4 million newly eligible low-income, childless adults and simplify Medi-Cal eligibility rules as required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Status: Both of these bills have passed out of their house of origin and have been referred to the Assembly and Senate Health Committees.

ABx1 2 (Pan) / SBx1 2 (Hernandez) – INDIVIDUAL MARKET REFORM – This bill implements individual market reforms preventing insurers from denying or discriminating for pre-existing conditions, and otherwise conforming and phasing-in new insurance market rules for individuals who purchase insurance on their own, while limiting different premiums based on age to 3:1.

Status: Both of these bills were signed by the Governor on May 9, 2013.


SBx1 3 (Hernandez) – BRIDGE PLANS – SUPPORT: This bill allows a designated health plan within Covered California to provide coverage to low-income Californians transitioning between Medi-Cal and Exchange coverage for increased affordability and continuity of care. Health Access supports amendments to ensure increased affordability and that the Bridge Plan will utilize existing safety net providers.

 Status: This bill has passed the Senate Floor and has been referred to Assembly Health Committee.


AB 174 (Bonta) – MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR STUDENTS IMPACTED BY TRAUMA IN SCHOOL BASED HEALTH CENTERS – SUPPORT: This bill promotes the health, academic achievement, and overall well-being of CaLifornia’s young people by creating a grant program to fund school-based mental health and related services for students who have been impacted by trauma.

Status: This bill is currently on “suspense” in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.


AB 197 (Stone) – CalWORKs VEHICLE ASSET TEST – SUPPORT: This bill would repeal the vehicle asset limit for one car for CalWORKs applicants and recipients, reducing a significant barrier to work and administrative inefficiencies.

Status: This bill is currently on “suspense” in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.


AB 271 (Mitchell) – CalWORKs ELIGIBILITY – SUPPORT: This bill will protect newborns’ health and safety while prohibiting the state from inserting itself into the private reproductive and medical decisions of poor families by repealing the Maximum Family Grant (MFG) rule in the California Work Opportunities and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program.

Status: This bill is currently on “suspense” in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

AB 361 (Mitchell) – REDUCING COSTS & HEALTH DISPARITIES AMONG HIGH -COST MEDI -CAL BENEFICIARIES – SUPPORT: would tap into an Affordable Care Act option offering 90% federal funding for “health home services” —comprehensive case management, hospital discharge planning, connection to social services—proven to reduce high-cost care among the most vulnerable Californians.

Status: This bill is currently on “suspense” in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.


AB 411 (Pan) – Medi-Cal PERFORMAN MEASURES – SUPPORT: This bill requires Medi-Cal managed care plans to analyze and report Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) measures by race, ethnicity, and primary language to identify health disparities and develop strategies to reduce them.

Status: This bill has passed the Assembly Floor, and is in Senate Rules Committee awaiting referral to its policy committee.

AB 505 (Nazarian) – Medi-Cal MANAGED CARE LANGUAGE ASSISTANCE SERVICES – SUPPORT: This bill strengthens consumer protections for Medi-Cal managed care enrollees who do not speak English very well by codifying current language assistance requirements.

Status: This bill has passed the Assembly Floor, and is in the Senate Rules Committee awaiting referral to its policy committee.

AB 760 (Dickinson) – REINSTATING CALIFORNIA’S EARLY MENTAL HEALTH INITIATIVE – SUPPORT: would help children who suffer from mild to moderate mental illness by reinstituting a proven school-based prevention and early intervention program through a modest tax on ammunition purchased in or for use in California.

Status: This bill is currently awaiting a hearing in the Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation.

AB 900 (Alejo) and SB 640 (Lara) – Medi-Cal Reimbursement Rate – SUPPORT: This bill requires Medi-Cal payments to fee for service (FFS)  providers that would otherwise have been reduced by 10% on June 1, 2011, and Medi-Cal payments to skilled nursing facilities to be determined without the Medi-Cal rate reductions and rate roll-back required under existing law.

Status: AB 900 (Alejo) and SB 640 (Lara) are both on “suspense” in their respective Appropriations Committees.

SB 189 (Monning) – HEALTH AND WELLNESS PROGRAMS – SUPPORT: This bill establishes additional consumer protections for wellness programs offered by group health care plans or insurers.  Additionally, wellness programs would need to be reasonably designed to promote health and prevent disease, and ensure fairness to all individuals who voluntarily participate. Moreover, it would prohibit wellness program incentives that are linked to premiums, cost sharing or conditioned on meeting specific health status outcomes.  The bill would sunset on January 1, 2020.

Status: This bill is scheduled to have a hearing in the Senate Appropriations Committee on May 20.

SB 283 (Hancock) – SUCCESFUL RE-ENTRY AND ACCESS TO JOBS – SUPPORT: This bill provides individuals who meet all other eligibility and asset rules and are successfully complying with the conditions of probation or parole, or have successfully completed their probation or parole would be considered eligible for California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) and CalFresh programs.

Status: This bill is currently on “suspense” in the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Language Access and Education

AB 123 (Bonta) – SCHOOL INSTRUCTION ON FILIPINO AMERICANS’ ROLE IN FARM WORKER MOVEMENT – SUPPORT: This bill requires school districts, in providing study in the social sciences for grades 7 through 12, to include instruction on the contributions of Filipino Americans to the farm workers movement of California.

Status: This bill is currently on “suspense” in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

AB 275 (Alejo) – MIGRANT EDUCATION PROGRAM – SUPPORT: This bill will address the concerns raised in the Migrant Education Program federal assessment and state audit, particularly in its requirements to augment data collection and enhance the program’s assessment component. The bill calls for the collection of individual and aggregate data for migrant pupils in order to increase accountability for migrant student achievement and facilitate program evaluation.

Status: This bill is currently on “suspense” in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.


AB 1127 (Chau) – CALIOFORNIA LANGUAGE ACCESS TASK FORCE – SUPPORT: This bil would provide Californians with an explicitly recognized right to equal access to the courts without regard to language proficiency by creating a comprehensive language access plan.

Status: This bill is currently on “suspense” in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

AB 1263 (Perez) – CommuniCal – SUPPORT: This bill would require the department to establish the Medi-Cal Patient-Centered Communication program (CommuniCal), to be administered by a 3rd-party administrator, commencing July 1, 2014, to provide and reimburse for medical interpretation services to Medi-Cal beneficiaries who are limited English proficient (LEP).

Status: This bill is currently on “suspense” in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

SB 141 (Correa) – RESTORING HIGHER EDUCATION ACCESS AND AFFORDABILITY – SUPPORT: This bill would close a loophole in AB 540, restoring access to California colleges, universities and scholarships, as specified, for children who are U.S. citizens, but are forced to live abroad as a result of their parent’s deportation.  

Status: This bill is scheduled to have a hearing in the Senate Appropriations Committee May 20.

SB 204 (Corbett) – PRESCRIPTION DRUG LABELING – SUPPORT: This bill requires pharmacies to use the standardized medication instructions that have been translated into non-English languages provided on the Board of Pharmacy’s website.

Status: This bill is currently on the Senate Floor on “Third Reading” and is eligible to be taken up for a vote.

SB 353 (Lieu) – PROHIBITING DECEPTIVE MARKETING PRACTICES UNDER THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT – SUPPORT: This bill would ensure that Californians have appropriate and accurate information they will need to enroll in health care coverage by strengthening consumer protections, closing gaps in current state laws and requiring fair and accurate marketing materials.

Status: This bill is currently on “suspense” in the Senate Appropriations Committee.


SB 597 (Lara) – IMPROVING LANGUAGE ACCESS IN COURTS – SUPPORT: This bill would establish a pilot project to provide court interpreters in all civil court proceeds for up to five selected courts. 

Status: This bill is currently on “suspense” in the Senate Appropriations Committee.

SB 654 (Leno) – BALLOT MEASURE PETITIONS TRANSLATION – This bill would ensure that English-ability does not hinder voters from participating in the ballot initiative process.

Status: This bill is currently on “suspense” in the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Immigrant Integration

AB 35 (Hernandez) - INTEGRATION OF YOUTH APPROVED FOR DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS (DACA) – SUPPORT: This bill seeks to: (1) enhance consumer protections for youth applying for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, (2) codify that DACA approved individuals are eligible for unemployment insurance benefits, and (3) further clarify existing law to specify that these individuals are eligible for a California ID.

Status: This bill is currently on the Assembly Floor on “Second Reading”.

AB 60 (Alejo) – DRIVER'S LICENSES – SUPPORT: This bill would provide access to a driver’s license for all California residents regardless of immigration status.

Status: This bill is currently on “suspense” in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.


AB 335 (Brown) – VEHICLE IMPOUNDMENTS – SUPPORT: This bill would permit a peace officer to allow a driver found operating a vehicle without a license or with a suspended or revoked license to legally park the vehicle, or it can be relinquished to a licensed driver.

Status: This bill is now a 2-year bill.


AB 817 (Bonta) – EXPAND POLL WORKER RECRUITMENT – SUPPORT: This bill expands the pool of available bilingual speakers to serve as county poll workers and volunteers by allowing counties to recruit up to five lawful permanent residents (LPRs) as poll workers per precinct, and appoint LPRs as volunteers to encourage voter registration.

Status: This bill is now on the Assembly Floor on “Third Reading”, and is eligible for a vote.

AB 1401 (Wieckowski) – JURY DUTY ELIGIBILITY – SUPPORT: provides that persons who 
are lawfully present immigrants and are not otherwise disqualified are eligible to be called as prospective trial jurors.

Status: This bill has passed the Assembly Floor and has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

SB 23 (Lara) – TASK FORCE ON IMMIGRANT INTEGRATION – SUPPORT: This bill requires the Governor to establish a Task Force on New American Integration to provide recommendations on immigrant integration, implementation of federal immigration reform, and establishment of an Office of New Americans. 

Status: This bill is currently on “suspense” in the Senate Appropriations Committee.

SB 619 (Yee) – CIVICS ORIENTATION – SUPPORT: This bill would require the State Department of Education to develop and make available online a state employee civics orientation on federal and state government by January 1, 2015.

Status: This bill is currently on “suspense” in the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Civil Rights and Equality

AB 496 (Gordon) – SEXUAL ORIENTATION, GENDER IDENTITY, AND GENDER EXPRESSION – SUPPORT: This bill clarifies that existing cultural competency training for doctors and dentists should include discussion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues.

Status: This bill is currently on “suspense” in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

AB 524 (Mullin) – EXTORTION BASED ON IMMIGRATION STATUS – SUPPORT: This bill will clarify that using threats to expose an individual’s perceived immigration status to gain something of value is extortion   

Status: This bill is currently on “suspense” in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

AB 663 (Gomez) - LGBT Cultural Competency Training for Administrators in Senior Care Facilities – SUPPORT: This bill ensures that administrators of residential care facilities have an additional five hours of training in cultural competency and sensitivity in aging lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues

Status: This bill is on the Assembly Floor on “Second Reading”.

AB 1121 (Atkins) – GENDER IDENTITY AND PETITIONS FOR NAME CHANGES – SUPPORT: This bill simplifies the process required for name changes and ensures that a transgender person’s gender identity is reflected accurately on all their identity documents.

Status: This bill has passed the Assembly Floor, and is in Senate Rules Committee awaiting referral to its policy committee.

SB 323 (Lara) – Youth Equality Act – SUPPORT: This bill clarifies that nonprofit youth organizations will only be rewarded with special tax exemptions if they comply with California’s existing nondiscrimination laws.

Status: This bill is now on the Senate Floor on “Third Reading”, and is eligible for a vote.

SB 716 (Lara) – SEXUAL ABUSE IN DETENTION ELIMINATION ACT OF 2013 – SUPPORT: This bill that would fully implement policies consistent with and are more protective than the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards in California.

Status: This bill is currently on “suspense” in the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Worker's Rights and Employment

AB 10 (Alejo) - ADJUSTING THE MINIMUM WAGE – SUPPORT: This bill will raise the current minimum wage by $.25 per hour in 2014, $.50 per hour in each of the following two years, and every year thereafter by an amount equal to inflation – providing a modest annual wage increase to millions of struggling Californians.

Status: This bill is currently on “suspense” in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

AB 241 (Ammiano) – DOMESTIC WORKERS BILL OF RIGHTS – SUPPORT: This bill seeks to remove the exclusion of domestic workers from rights provided to other California workers. Specifically, AB 241 seeks six provisions: Overtime Pay, Meal and Rest Breaks, Workers Compensation, Uninterrupted Sleep Provisions, Use of Kitchen Facilities, and Paid Days of Rest.

Status: This bill is currently on “suspense” in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.


AB 263 (Hernandez) – RETALIATION AGAINST IMMIGRANT WORKERS – SUPPORT: This bill addresses the retaliation of employers against immigrant employees who are vulnerable to workplace abuse due to their immigration status.

Status: This bill is currently on “suspense” in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

AB 1164 (Lowenthal) – FAIR PAYCHECK ACT – SUPPORT: This bill allows low-wage workers who have been denied wages to place a temporary hold on their employers’ property, or the property worked on, for the amount owed until they can prove their claims in court.  The bill ensures that when these workers win their wage claims, they can collect what they are owed.

Status: This bill has been referred to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

SB 292 (Corbett) – SEXUAL HARRASMENT – SUPPORT: This bill amends the Fair Employment and Housing Act to clarify that a sexual harassment claim does not bear upon the sexual orientation, sexual desire, or intent of the harasser. This bill also specifies that sexual harassment includes threats of sexual violence. 

Status: This bill has passed the Senate Floor and has been referred to the Assembly Judiciary Committee.

SB 400 (Jackson) – DOMESTIC VIOLENCE EMPLOYMENT PROTECTION – SUPPORT:  This bill (1)prevents employers from firing or otherwise discriminating against an employee because of their known status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking; (2)Requires employers to provide reasonable safety accommodations to victims (bill allows for employer to deny request if it will constitute an undue hardship); (3) Prohibits discrimination or retaliation against an employee for requesting an accommodation.

Status: This bill has passed the Senate Floor and is currently at the Assembly Desk.

SB 404 (Jackson) – FAMILIAL STATUS DISCRIMINATION – SUPPORT: This bill would clarify that an employer may not discriminate against an employee based on his or her family responsibilities by adding "familial status" to the list of characteristics (e.g., race, sexual  orientation, marital status, religion, etc.) that are prohibited bases of discrimination under the employment provisions of the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA).

Status: This bill is currently on “suspense” in the Senate Appropriations Committee.

SB 462 (Monning) – WAGE PROTECTION – SUPPORT: This bill will clarify that an employee may be liable for the employer’s attorneys fees only if the action is brought in bad faith, as workers should not be intimidated out of seeking unpaid wages by the fear of potentially ruinous liability for their employer’s attorney’s fees.
 
Status: This bill is currently on “suspense” in the Senate Appropriations Committee.

SB 666 (Steinberg) – EMPOWERING IMMIGRANTS TO EXERCISE RIGHTS UNDER THE LAW WITHOUT FEAR OF RETALIATION – SUPPORT: This bill empowers workers to exercise their rights under California law without fear that employers will retaliate by reporting their immigration status or that of their family members to government officials. The bill’s provisions will deter unscrupulous employers from violating the rights of undocumented workers laboring
in California and therefore lift the veil of silence in the workplace.

Status: This bill is scheduled for a hearing in Senate Appropriations on May 20.


Additional Bills

AJR 3 (Alejo) – IMMIGRATION REFORM RESOLUTION – SUPPORT: This measure urges the President of the United States and members of Congress to take a comprehensive and workable approach to improving the nation’s immigration system.

Status: This bill is has passed the Assembly, and is on “Third Reading” on the Senate Floor. It is eligible for a vote.

AB 880 (Gomez) – Medi-Cal PROGRAM COSTS AND LARGE EMPLOYER RESPONSIBILITY – SUPPORT: This bill will impose a penalty on large corporations that dump workers onto the Medi-Cal program, shifting the cost of health insurance onto taxpayers.

Status: This bill is currently on “suspense” in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

AB 192 (Hagman) – ZONING VIOLATIONS FOR HOTEL OPERATIONS – WATCH: This bill creates a misdemeanor for any person who violates a zoning ordinance that prohibits the operation of a hotel in an area zoned for residences with the goal of curbing birth tourism.

Status: This bill is now a 2-year bill.

SB 270 (Padilla) – ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS ON UNDERGROUND ECONOMY – WATCH: This bill would facilitate greater labor enforcement by requiring state agencies involved in the Joint Enforcement Strike Force and the Department of Industrial Relations’ Labor Enforcement Task Force to share information.

Status: This bill has passed the Senate Floor and has been referred to the Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment.

SB 346 (Beall) – SOCIAL SERVICES AND RECORDS – WATCH: This bill would allow county departments to talk with one another, sharing limited eligibility information in one direction only – from a human services department to a health department -- to facilitate enrollment in public health care programs.  Additionally, the changes would allow counties to take actions benefitting clients, such as using information from the General Assistance database to pro-actively enroll individuals in LIHP, eliminating the need for them to enroll later – and more quickly and easily access health care services.

Status: This bill has passed the Senate Floor, and has been referred to the Assembly Human Services Committee.

SB 653 (Knight) – CRIMINAL PROCEDURE AND PLEAS – OPPOSE: This bill would provide that a motion brought to set aside a guilty plea for failure to be advised of immigration consequences shall be brought before the expiration of the applicable time period for the destruction of court records correspond to the defendant's offense.

Status: This bill failed in committee and is now a 2-year bill.


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