Capitol & Culture Update – July 6, 2015

Legislative Update

Two important bills need your attention this morning!

AB 775 – Abortion Fallacy Act (Chui)

Your voice in opposition to this bill is critical to prevent pregnancy care centers from being forced to advertise abortions.

AB 755 will force all licensed pregnancy care centers to “advertise” that women may qualify for government paid abortions. This law violates the First Amendment Free Speech rights of the operators of these centers and is meant to silence pro-life pregnancy care centers and to run them out of business.

This bill will be heard on the Senate floor as early as this morning.

Please contact your Senator and urge them to vote “NO” on AB 775.

SB 128 – Physician Assisted Suicide (Wolk)

SB 128 would legalize physician assisted suicide and would create a new, standard treatment for medical care in California. The law would allow a physician to prescribe life ending medication to be self-administered by a patient who has been diagnosed with a terminal illness that has been determined will result in the death within six months.

The most vulnerable in our society – the sick, disabled, and poor – will potentially be exposed to abuse by a cost conscience health care system and weary care givers should this bill become law.

This bill will be heard in the Assembly Health Committee at 1:30 pm tomorrow 7/7/2015 in Room 4202. We urge you to contact the Assembly Health Committee members below and ask them to vote “NO” on SB 128. Also, please attend the hearing if you are able to show your opposition and to voice your opinion with many other who will be attending the hearing from all over the state. Seating is limited so arrive early.

Assembly Health Committee Members

Member Phone
Bonilla, Susan 916 319 2014
Bonta, Rob (Chair) 916 319 2018
Burke, Autumn 916 319 2062
Chávez, Rocky 916 319 2076
Chiu, David 916 319 2017
Gomez, Jimmy 916 319 2051
Gonzalez, Lorena 916 319 2080
Hernández, Roger 916 319 2048
Lackey, Tom 916 319 2036
Maienschein, Brian (Vice-Chair) 916 319 2077
Nazarian, Adrin 916 319 2046
Patterson, Jim 916 319 2023
Ridley-Thomas, Sebastian 916 319 2054
Rodriguez, Freddie 916 319 2052
Santiago, Miguel 916 319 2053
Steinorth, Marc 916 319 2040
Thurmond, Tony 916 319 2015
Waldron, Marie 916 319 2075
Wood, Jim 916 319 2002

Bill of the Week: AB 202 Cheerleaders Are Employees

The governor signed a bill into law this week that will require cheerleaders to be classified as employees and not as independent contractors. AB 202 was prompted by a class action lawsuit initiated by an Oakland Raiders cheerleader who claimed her contract pay of $125 per game worked out to be $5.00 per hour. Many cheerleaders do the job for the love of the sport and for the exposure, not as a career, and many did not support the Raiderette’s decision to sue the team. The class action suit only included 90 plaintiffs.

Another bill moving through the legislature, AB 949, will require the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) to classify competition cheer as an interscholastic sport. The Interscholastic Federation is in support of the bill.

Calling All High School Students!

The City on the Hill Youth Leadership Conference application deadline has been extended! The postmark deadline is now Tuesday July 8, 2015 so finish up those applications and get them in the mail.

We have a great week planned and, as staff, we are looking forward to all of the new and returning students coming to City on the Hill with all of their creativity and ingenuity to experience life as a Legislator!

The conference is July 21st-26th at William Jessup University in Rocklin, CA. Print an application here.