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CA Voting Changes, Census Topics of Phone-In “Town Hall”

By   /  February 13, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Sacramento, CA — Anyone can talk to California Secretary of State Alex Padilla on Thursday by calling into a “tele-town hall” meeting on two topics: the upcoming census and the Voter’s Choice Act and its effects on the primary election. AARP California is hosting the call-in event, which starts at 7 p.m. The outreach is partly to […]

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Senator Brian Jones Joint Authors Measure To Exempt Interpreters & Translators From AB 5

By   /  February 10, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Arbitrary legislation last year undermines entire industry that helps people with hearing, language challenges Sacramento, CA – State Senator Brian Jones (R-Santee) announced today he is joint-authoring Senate Bill 875 along with Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield).  SB 875 will exempt interpreters and translators from Assembly Bill 5, which went into effect on January […]

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CA Gets A ‘C-Minus’ for Child Well-Being in New Report

By   /  January 30, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Oakland, CA–California may be a leader in many areas, but overall child well-being is not one of them, according to a new report. The latest Children’s Report Card from the nonprofit Children Now gives California a grade of “C-minus” overall. The only “A” grade in the 16th semiannual analysis is for kids’ health coverage, as only […]

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California’s Mistake, Destroying Careers of Freelancers

By   /  January 23, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Sacramento, CA — The problems of the gig economy are real …  the first attempts at addressing these concerns have been an unmitigated disaster in California …  Meanwhile, people who don’t need protecting-professional freelancers, are seeing their livelihoods upended and destroyed.  … …  Meanwhile, Democrats across the country now are playing copycat to a law […]

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Senate Committee Rejects Senator Bates’ Effort to Fix Flaws in Recent Criminal Justice Reforms

By   /  January 16, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Sacramento, CA–– The Senate Public Safety Committee today rejected Senate Bill 710 (“Keeping California Safe Act”) authored by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) that would have alleviated the unintended and dangerous consequences of recent criminal justice reforms enacted in California. “The Legislature passed on a golden opportunity to fix the flaws in well-meaning criminal justice reforms enacted […]

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Senator Jones & Assemblyman Kiley Announce Audit Request of Homelessness Spending

By   /  January 16, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Sacramento, CA — Senator Brian Jones (R-Santee) and Assemblyman Kevin Kiley (R-Rocklin) announced today that they have requested a statewide audit of homelessness spending in California. Joining them as coauthors on the request are Assemblymembers Phillip Chen, Steven Choi, James Gallagher, Tom Lackey, and Jay Obernolte. The Joint Legislative Audit Committee will consider the request […]

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Senate Health Committee Blocks Bill To End Referral Payments for Recovering Addicts

By   /  January 15, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Sacramento, CA — – The Senate Health Committee today blocked Senate Bill 486 by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) that would have prohibited commercially-operated substance abuse recovery residences (also known as sober living homes) from engaging in patient brokering. “It’s sad that today’s decision means that patient brokering for sober living homes will continue for the foreseeable […]

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Democrats Vote Down Election Integrity Measure

By   /  January 10, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Sacramento, CA — Senate Democrats killed Senate Bill 57 in the Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee. SB 57 would have helped to fix the Democrats’ failed Motor Voter program. Authored by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and co-authored by members of the California Senate Republican Caucus, SB 57 would have made voter registration optional at the DMV. Since […]

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Gov. Newson – Budget Investments At Critical Crossroads

By   /  January 9, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Gov. Newsom’s Budget Investments in Behavioral Health and Homelessness Come at a Critical Crossroads for California Sacramento, CA – The announcement by the Newsom Administration about a series of key investments in funding the behavioral health needs of vulnerable Californians was welcomed by the directors of California’s county behavioral health programs. “California desperately needs an infusion […]

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Medi-Cal Expanding for Qualifying Undocumented Young Adults

By   /  January 4, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Sacramento, CA – All low-income Californians younger than age 26 who meet the income requirements will be able to sign up for health insurance under the Medi-Cal program, regardless of immigration status. The state estimates 138,000 young people will sign up – a small but significant chunk of the state’s uninsured population. Carolina Gamero, senior communications […]

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Assemblymember Waldron- 2020 Important Year For California

By   /  January 2, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Assemblymember Marie Waldron …The State Legislature returns January 6 to complete the 2019-2020 session. 80 Assemblymembers and 40 Senators will gather in the State Capitol to begin work on some of the most consequential issues that have ever faced California.  It’s likely that around 3,000 bills will be introduced over the next few weeks. All legislation […]

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California Ranks 37th in Nation for Child Well-Being

By   /  June 15, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

LOS ANGELES – California has made major strides in getting kids insured, but still ranks only 37th in the nation for overall child well-being due to persistent pockets of poverty, according to the latest KIDS COUNT Data Book, out today from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Researchers found across the country, unemployment is low – […]

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Rural California Suffers Most If Policymakers Slash Medi-Cal – Also In Spanish

By   /  June 8, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California’s rural areas have gained the most from the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act – and also have the most to lose if massive cuts are made to Medi-Cal – as it is known in the state. A new report from Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families said the […]

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Healthy Babies, Toddlers Must be Higher California Priority

By   /  March 9, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

  A new report recommends ways that California policymakers could improve outcomes for the state’s children and toddlers. (ulkare/istockphoto) SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Less than 10 percent of California toddlers and infants who are eligible for subsidized child care actually get it. That’s one statistic in a new report that spells out ways to improve the […]

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California Cuts Number of Uninsured Children by More than Half – Also Spanish Version

By   /  October 28, 2016  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California has made the biggest recent gains in the country in getting children signed up for health insurance, according to a new report. Researchers at the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families found the Golden State cut its number of uninsured children by 55 percent between 2013 and 2015, just after […]

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Kids’ Advocates Push Governor to Sign School Accountability Bill

By   /  September 11, 2016  /  State and National  /  No Comments

OAKLAND, Calif. – This week, more than 300 children’s advocacy groups signed a public letter urging Governor Jerry Brown to sign Assembly Bill 2548. The bill directs the state to adopt what the groups believe is a better grading system for schools, that focuses on closing the achievement gap between higher- and lower-income students. Two years ago, the […]

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California Supreme Court Decides California Teacher Tenure Law

By   /  August 23, 2016  /  State and National  /  No Comments

In a victory for teacher unions, the California Supreme Court has decided to let the state’s teacher tenure law stand. The high court said Monday it will not take up a lawsuit by a group of students who claimed that incompetent teachers were almost impossible to fire because of tenure laws and that schools in […]

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Double-Pay Holiday Bill Awaits Action by Senate

By   /  August 7, 2016  /  State and National  /  No Comments

A California Chamber of Commerce-opposed bill that unfairly targets two classifications of employers, increases their costs, and creates a competitive disadvantage by forcing them to recognize Thanksgiving as a “family holiday” and compensate all employees with double the regular rate of pay for work performed on that day awaits action by the Senate. Supporters of […]

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California School Students Information To Be Released

By   /  February 12, 2016  /  State and National  /  2 Comments

Guest Commentary… SAN DIEGO, Calif. – February 11, 2016 – The Identity Theft Resource Center and Privacy Rights Clearinghouse want to alert all parents of school-aged children throughout California about a pending deadline to Opt-Out on the release of their child’s sensitive personal identifying information.  The deadline for parents and adult students to object to the […]

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Senator Patricia Bates to Host San Diego County Open House Tomorrow

By   /  December 1, 2015  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO – Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) will host a public open house of her Encinitas district office for North San Diego County residents on December 2. Bates and her district staff will be joined by neighbors, community leaders and local elected officials for casual conversation. The open house is intended to help constituents learn about […]

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