Legislative Action Center

 

2017 Bills to Watch:

Senate Bill 18 – Unlimited Government Authority in Family Life
(Richard Pan)

SB 18, Senator Pan’s latest assault on parental rights, creates a Joint Legislative Committee, made up of members of the Senate and the Assembly, which will be tasked with developing “California’s Promise to its Children and Youth.” This is a “framework for the care and welfare of the state’s children and youth in various contexts, including, but not limited to, health care, nutrition, homeless assistance, education, and foster care…”

SB 18 directs the committee to work with medical organizations involved in child health care, educational organizations and institutions, organizations in child development and welfare, and applicable state agencies and commissions to develop a plan for implementation of the “framework” the committee is tasked with creating. But it mentions nothing about parents. This is an outright assault on parental rights and must be stopped.

Location: Senate Rules Committee

Hearing Date: This is a 2 year bill. It cannot be heard in committee until January 2018.

 

SCR 41 – Resolution to be Used in Crafting Framework for Children in California
(Richard Pan)

Companion to SB 18, SCR 41 has been titled the “Bill of Rights for the Children and Youth of California.” This resolution opens a Pandora ’s Box when it comes to the government exercising their judgement and exerting authority in what is best for your child. Remember, resolutions are non-binding, they cannot be enforced by law, but the committee formed is directed to use this resolution as a resource when crafting legislation regarding children in California.

The resolution speaks to education, health care, parent-child relationships, and parent-work relationships.
The irony is that the end of the resolution states “… the Legislature intends that nothing in this resolution be interpreted… to limit a parent’s rights under state or federal law…” The insertion of this is only a failed attempt to silence opposition who speak out against this resolution because of its attack on parental rights. With this as the guiding document for the committee tasked with developing the framework mentioned in SB 18, parents can expect their rights to be continually attacked, and their authority undermined.

Location: Senate Rules Committee

Hearing Date: No hearing dates scheduled

 

Senate Bill 179 – Birth Certificate Gender Changes
(Toni Atkins & Scott Wiener)

SB 179 weakens, essentially deletes, any requirements for an individual to change their gender on their birth certificate. A person must submit an application and an affidavit stating that they are submitting the change to conform their legal gender with their gender identity and not for a fraudulent purpose. An individual does not have to have undergone any treatment, be planning to undergo treatment, or provide a doctor’s note.

In addition, the application for an identification card from the DMV would include the gender choices of male, female, and non-binary. An applicant is not required to provide any information in addition to the application.

Imagine the many problems that will result for law enforcement officials from this free-for-all, self-identifying gender selection. Trying to identify an individual would become increasingly difficult if an individual’s sex does not match what’s listed on their identification.

Location: Senate Judiciary Committee

Hearing Date: TBD

 

Senate Bill 219 – Forced Co-ed Sleeping Quarters in Long Term Care Facilities
(Scott Wiener)

SB 219 would force biological female residents in long-term care facilities to share sleeping quarters with biological males, and vice versa. This bill grants preferential rights to LGBT residents and leaves others with little to no right to privacy. This bill is ripe for abuse as the requirement is simply to self-proclaim one’s gender identity. This bill could easily be used as a tool by perpetrators to prey upon unsuspecting, vulnerable victims.

The bill also demands that facilities, such as restrooms, open to persons of one gender must be available to those of the same gender identity. This becomes especially problematic when facilities, such as bathrooms, are multiple use.

This bill demands that facility staff use a person’s “preferred pronoun,” but how does staff know what the preferred pronoun is? Can this change during the resident’s time in the facility? The crux of the problem is that SB 219 does not protect the dignity and safety of all long-term care facility patients.

Location: Assembly Judiciary Committee

Hearing Date: 7/11/17

 

Senate Bill 320 – Mandatory Abortions on College Campuses
(Connie Leyva)

SB 320 mandates that in order to receive state funding for the purpose of operating on campus health centers for students, all UCs and CSUs offer abortion by medication on their campus. This is a prime example of the government trying to strong-arm UCs into doing what the government thinks is best for students.

Despite what those promoting this legislation might want to lead you to think, abortion by medication does not come without consequences, or risks. Are the student health centers equipped to handle these risks and consequences? Are they prepared to be available to a woman the days and nights following her abortion? Are they prepared to offer her the full range of care necessary should something go awry?
Aren’t universities supposed to be a place of empowerment? Abortion does not empower women. Instead of promoting abortion, the colleges should focus on the services they provide to pregnant women and mothers on campus. Universities are in a unique position in women’s lives to empower them to continue on in their education, even with an unplanned pregnancy.

Location: Senate Health Committee

Hearing Date: This is a 2 year bill. It cannot be heard in committee until January 2018.

 

Assembly Bill 569 – No Codes of Conduct Related to Abortion Allowed
(Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher)

AB 569 prohibits employers from including in an employee handbook, or code of conduct, anything related to reproductive health care decisions, including abortion. For example, a church or a Christian school could not make it against their code of conduct for women to obtain abortions during their employment, even though it is contrary to that school’s moral and deeply held religious beliefs. This bill is a violent assault on religious liberty, as well as massive government overreach.

Location: Senate Judiciary Committee

Hearing Date: TBD

 

SB 309  – Abortion-promoting License Plates
(Hannah-Beth Jackson)

SB 309 would require the State Department of Health Care Services to apply to the DMV to sponsor a reproductive freedom license plate program. The money generated from these license plates would be deposited into the California Reproductive Freedom Fund, and used for the Family Planning, Access, Care, and Treatment program (Family PACT). A simple search for providers on the Family PACT website turns up multiple abortion providers. This is another way for the state to funnel money for the cause of abortion.

Location: Assembly Appropriations

Hearing Date: TBD