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IMMIGRANT DAY 2014
ONE CALIFORNIA POLICY PLATFORM
 

Today, the California Immigrant Policy Center, dozens of our partner organizations, and hundreds of immigrants from across the state will celebrate California’s 18th annual Immigrant Day. This comes on the heels of last year’s historic victories, that ushered in a new era of inclusion in California. But 2013 was just the beginning…

Even with all of last year’s great victories, there is still much more work to do. This year immigrant rights organizations will gather in Sacramento to fight for health care for all Californians, ensure people in detention can access affordable communication to reach their families or their lawyer, restorations of funding to the Naturalization Services Program, and many other important policy priorities.

Our state has shown that when immigrant communities stand up and stand together, we can make progress for everyone. We look forward to collaborating with state legislators to advance the following policies, which will ensure that all Californians can thrive in our Golden State.
We will be sending out a comprehensive list of all the bills that CIPC is tracking in early June. For now, please see below for bills that the Immigrant Day planning committee has prioritized.

 
PRIORITY ISSUES

SB 1005 (Lara) – HEALTH FOR ALL recognizes that California is stronger when everyone has access to care. The Health for All Act would authorize enrollment in the Medi-Cal program, or in insurance offered through an alternative exchange identical to Covered California, to individuals who would otherwise qualify for enrollment in those programs but are denied based on their immigration status.

Status: This bill will have a hearing in the Senate Appropriations Committee today, May 19, 2014.

AB 1876 (Quirk) – COUNTY JAIL PHONE CALL AFFORDABILITY will apply to local jails the same common-sense standards California has already set for state correctional facilities, ensuring that all people in detention have an affordable means to communicate with their families and lawyers. For many Californians in local detention facilities, phone calls are the only way to stay connected with their loved ones and attorneys but astronomical phone rates risk cutting off this vital lifeline.

Status: This bill is on Third Reading in the Assembly, and is eligible for a floor vote.

STATE BUDGET – BRING BACK THE NATURALIZATION SERVICES PROGRAM
California leads the nation with a population over 2.48 million legal permanent residents eligible to naturalize. If we restore the Naturalization Services Program, we can also lead the nation in naturalization. California also has 2.6 million undocumented immigrant residents. Re-funding NSP will also put a vital infrastructure in place that can assist undocumented residents in case of an administrative fix or federal reform. We ask that funding for the Naturalization Services Program be restored at a minimum of $10 million budget for FY 2014-2015.
 
ADDITIONAL BILLS  

AB 503 (Wieckowski & Bonta) – HEALTH FACILITIES: COMMUNITY BENEFITS would declare the necessity of establishing uniform standards for reporting the amount of charity care and community benefits a facility provides to ensure that private nonprofit hospitals and nonprofit multispecialty clinics actually meet the social obligations for which they receive favorable tax treatment, among other findings and declarations.

Status: This bill has been referred to the Senate Health Committee. 

AB 1522 (Gonzalez) – EARNED SICK DAYS workers in California would accrue one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked and employers would have the option of capping an employee’s paid sick leave at 24 hours, or 3 days.

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

AB 1657 (Gomez) – COURTS: INTERPRETERS will clarify the ability of courts to provide foreign language interpreters in all cases, regardless of the income of the parties involved.  

Status: This bill is currently in the Assembly, and is on consent.  

AB 1750 (Alejo) – ETHNIC STUDIES requires the State Department of Education to commission a report to identify model programs, standards, and curricula pertaining to ethnic studies at the high school level.  

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

AB 1805 (Skinner) – MEDI-CAL REIMBURSEMENT RATES will bolster provider participation in California’s Medicaid (Medi-Cal) program as the state implements the rollout of healthcare reform. AB 1805 will restore the 10 percent cut to Medi-Cal provider reimbursement rates that were enacted as part of the 2011 State Budget Act.

Status: This bill is currently in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

AB 1887 (Campos) – HUMAN TRAFFICKING would provide that a woman convicted of prostitution is found to be a victim of human trafficking, her conviction would be sealed under court order under this bill.

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

AB 1892 (Bocanegra) – LEA AND ENGLISH LEARNING encourages districts to think proactively about mainstreaming their English Learners. It enables LEAs to receive supplemental and concentration grant funding for RFEP pupils for two fiscal years after the pupil has been reclassified. It also specifies that as a condition of receiving these funds, LEAs must delineate the services and programs they will provide to RFEP students.

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

AB 2000 (Gomez) – BRIDGING THE GAP IN EDUCATIONAL ACCESS FOR EARLY GRADUATES would close the gap to ensure that students who graduate early from high school are not later penalized and ineligible for AB 540 benefits.  

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

AB 2288 (Hernandez) – CHILD LABOR PROTECTION ACT would strengthen current law to protect children from child labor law abuses. It would seek to toll the statute of limitations, protect children from retaliation, and strengthen civil penalties for our youngest workers.  

Status: This bill is currently in the Senate Rules Committee awaiting referral to a policy committee.

AB 2325 (Perez) – COMMUNICAL MEDICAL INTERPRETATION would require the DHCS to establish the Medi-Cal Patient-Centered Communication program (CommuniCal), to be administered by a 3rd-party administrator, to, commencing July 1, 2015, provide and reimburse for medical interpretation services to Medi-Cal beneficiaries who are limited English proficient (LEP). The bill would also allow interpreter to join a union.  

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

AB 2345 (Gonzalez) – EXPANDING PUBLIC BENEFITS would expand access to the California Food Assistance Program (CFAP) and California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) to all otherwise eligible, lawfully present immigrants. California will ensure that these working families survive as they move toward self-sufficiency.  

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

AB 2416 (Stone) – WAGE THEFT PREVENTION ACT creates clear standards to prevent unscrupulous businesses from ducking responsibilities, for wage theft. Under current law, workers can pursue a wage claim through DLSE but often fail to recover any lost wages even if they win their cases. Under this law, a property owner can be subject to a lien for lost wages if: 1) the property owner is the employer, contracted or subcontracted for the services, or if the property owner and the employer are related parties, 2) if the worker was employed on the property in a sector at high risk for wage theft.  

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

SB 899 (Mitchell) – CALWORKS FAMILY GRANTS will repeal the Maximum Family Grant (MFG) rule in the California Work Opportunities and Responsibility to Children (CalWORKs) program in order to provide for the basic needs of a newborn. Under the MFG rule, some infants are denied basic needs assistance, which leads to poorer outcomes and ultimately increased costs to the state.

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

SB 935 (Leno) – MIN WAGE INCREASE will increase the minimum wage in California to $11 per hour beginning in January 2015, $12 per hour in 2016 and $13 per hour in 2017. Beginning in January 2018, the statewide minimum wage would be increased annually based on the rate of inflation.

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

SB 1029 (Hancock) – CALWORKS AND CALFRESH ELIGIBILITY allows individuals previously convicted of a nonviolent drug felony, who meet all other eligibility rules to receive basic needs services, employment training and work supports through the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) and CalFresh programs, provided that they are complying with the conditions of their release, or have successfully completed their probation or parole. It also allows for the Department of Social Services to seek authority to pre-enroll eligible Californians into CalFresh prior to release.

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

SB 1017 (Evans) – OIL SEVERANCE TAX seeks to reclaim our natural resources by enacting an oil extraction tax and reinvesting the revenue in our state. This legislation would impose a extraction tax of 9.5 percent on the extraction of oil from the earth or water within California’s jurisdiction to be distributed in a self-sustaining endowment to fund higher education, parks and health and human services.

Status: This bill will have a hearing in the Senate Appropriations Committee today, May 19, 2014.

SB 1159 (Lara) – PROFESSIONAL LICENSES clarifies the information required to be provided to and collected by licensing boards for issues professional licenses to authorize an applicant to provide a federal identification number in lieu of a social security number.

Status: This bill recently passed the Senate Floor, but is currently being held at the Assembly Desk.

SB 1210 (Lara) – ACCESS TO LOANS FOR AB 540 STUDENTS will establish the California Student Education Access Loan program (SEAL) to serve UC and CSU students who meet the AB 540/130/131 eligibility requirements but lack access to federal student loans.

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

SB 1273 (Lara) – EXPAND AFFORDABLE CAR INSURANCE will reform and enhance California’s Low Cost Auto Insurance (CLCA) program to provide income eligible drivers with affordable automobile liability insurance.

Status: This bill recently passed the Senate Floor, but is currently being held at the Assembly Desk.

SB 1322 (Hernandez) – MEDI-CAL REIMBURSEMENT RATES would require DHCS to reimburse Medi-Cal providers for, and would require Medi-Cal managed care plans to cover, preventive services provided by a health care practitioner not subject to professional licensure by the state, that have been recommended by a physician or other licensed practitioner of the healing arts within the scope of that physician’s or practitioner’s license.

Status: This bill recently passed the Senate Floor, but is currently being held at the Assembly Desk.


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