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  AB 46 (Rivas, Luz D)   California Youth Empowerment Act.
  Current Text: Amended: 4/26/2021   html   pdf
  Location: 5/5/2021-A. APPR. SUSPENSE FILE
  Summary: Would create the California Youth Empowerment Act to address, among other issues, the growing need to engage youth directly with policymakers. The bill would establish the California Youth Empowerment Commission in state government consisting of 25 voting commissioners between 14 and 25 years of age and meeting specified requirements, with 21 members appointed by the Governor, 2 at-large members appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules, and 2 at-large members appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly, along with several ex officio, nonvoting members from various geographic regions of the state. The bill would establish the commission to be advisory in nature, for the main purpose of providing meaningful opportunities for civic engagement to improve the quality of life for California’s disconnected and disadvantaged youth.
  Position Letters:
AB 46 Asm Approps 4.26.21
AB 46 (L. Rivas) AA&R 3.25.21
      Position         
      Support         
 
  AB 71 (Rivas, Luz D)   Homelessness funding: Bring California Home Act.
  Current Text: Amended: 5/4/2021   html   pdf
  Location: 5/12/2021-A. APPR. SUSPENSE FILE
  Summary: The Personal Income Tax Law, in conformity with federal income tax law, generally defines gross income as income from whatever source derived, except as specifically excluded, and provides various exclusions from gross income. Current federal law, for purposes of determining a taxpayer’s gross income for federal income taxation, requires that a person who is a United States shareholder of any controlled foreign corporation to include in their gross income the global intangible low-taxed income for that taxable year, as provided. This bill, for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2022, would include a taxpayer’s global intangible low-taxed income in their gross income for purposes of the Personal Income Tax Law, in modified conformity with the above-described federal provisions.
  Position Letters:
AB 71 (L. Rivas) ARexTax 3.25.21
      Position         
      Support         
 
  AB 99 (Irwin D)   Statewide longitudinal data system: California Cradle-to-Career Data System: governance and support.
  Current Text: Amended: 4/27/2021   html   pdf
  Location: 5/12/2021-A. APPR. SUSPENSE FILE
  Summary: Current law establishes the California Cradle-to-Career Data System Workgroup to assess, recommend, and advise about statewide data infrastructure that integrates data from state entities responsible for elementary and secondary education data, entities responsible for early learning data, segments of public higher education, private colleges and universities, state entities responsible for student financial aid, childcare providers, state labor and workforce development agencies, and state departments administering health and human services programs. Current law requires the Office of Planning and Research to contract with entities with expertise in managing data for specified purposes relating to the workgroup’s activities. Current law requires those contracted entities to submit reports to the Department of Finance and the Legislature concerning the establishment of the California Cradle-to-Career Data System, as specified. This bill would express the intent of the Legislature in enacting the bill is to codify certain recommendations in the California Cradle-to-Career Data System Legislative Report published in December 2020, which describes the planning process and recommendations for phase one of the Cradle-to-Career Data System.
  Position Letters:
AB 99 (Irwin) Asm Approps 4.26.21
      Position         
      Support         
 
  AB 104 (Gonzalez, Lorena D)   Pupil instruction: retention, grade changes, and exemptions.
  Current Text: Amended: 4/8/2021   html   pdf
  Location: 5/12/2021-S. ED.
  Summary: Curren tlaw requires the governing board of a school district and a county superintendent of schools to adopt policies regarding pupil promotion and retention, and requires a pupil to be promoted or retained only as provided for in those policies. For the 2021–22 academic year, this bill would require a school district, county office of education, or charter school to implement an interim policy regarding the retention of pupils who, in the 2020–21 academic year, had enrolled in any grade or who were entering kindergarten. The bill would require, on or before , June 15, 2021, the school district, county office of education, or charter school to notify those pupils’ parents of their authority to request the pupil be retained in the pupil’s 2020–21 grade level for the 2021–22 academic year, as specified.
      Position         
      Support         
 
  AB 124 (Kamlager D)   Criminal procedure.
  Current Text: Amended: 4/15/2021   html   pdf
  Location: 5/5/2021-A. APPR. SUSPENSE FILE
  Summary: Current law, in a criminal trial, allows evidence of mental disease, mental defect, or mental disorder solely for the issue of whether or not the accused actually formed a required specific intent, premeditated, deliberated, or harbored malice aforethought, when a specific intent crime is charged. This bill would instead allow that evidence for the issue of whether or not the accused actually formed the required mental state for the crime that is charged, including whether or not the accused committed a willful act, premeditated, deliberated, harbored malice aforethought, acted knowingly, acted maliciously, or acted with conscious disregard for human life.
  Position Letters:
Support Letter - APS
      Position         
      Support         
 
  AB 260 (Stone D)   Guardianships.
  Current Text: Introduced: 1/15/2021   html   pdf
  Location: 5/13/2021-S. RLS.
  Summary: Current law establishes the jurisdiction of the juvenile court, under which a minor may be adjudged to be a dependent of the court if the minor has been abused or neglected, as specified. Other existing law, the Guardianship-Conservatorship Law, authorizes a probate court, upon hearing of a petition by a parent, relative, or other person, to appoint a guardian of a minor in accordance with specified provisions of law governing the custody of a minor child. Current law authorizes a court hearing a guardianship petition, if the proposed ward is or may be abused or neglected, to refer the matter to the local child welfare services agency to initiate an investigation to determine whether proceedings in juvenile court should be commenced. This bill would require the court to have good cause to waive the investigation and would prohibit the guardianship proceedings from being completed until the investigation is completed and a report is provided to the juvenile court.
  Position Letters:
Support Letter - Approps
Support Letter - AJud
Support Letter - AHS
      Position         
      Sponsored         
 
  AB 339 (Lee D)   Local government: open and public meetings.
  Current Text: Amended: 5/4/2021   html   pdf
  Location: 4/28/2021-A. APPR.
  Summary: Would, until December 31, 2023, require all open and public meetings of a city council or a county board of supervisors that governs a jurisdiction containing least 250,000 people to include an opportunity for members of the public to attend via a telephonic option or an internet-based service option. The bill would require all open and public meetings to include an in-person public comment opportunity, except in specified circumstances during a declared state or local emergency. The bill would require all meetings to provide the public with an opportunity to comment on proposed legislation in person and remotely via a telephonic or an internet-based service option, as provided.
  Position Letters:
AB 339 (Lim) - Asm LocalGov
      Position         
      Support         
 
  AB 366 (Rubio, Blanca D)   Foster youth.
  Current Text: Amended: 3/29/2021   html   pdf
  Location: 4/28/2021-A. APPR. SUSPENSE FILE
  Summary: Would require a county social worker or probation officer to include in certain reports to the juvenile court a factual discussion of whether the youth or nonminor dependent has received comprehensive sexual health education and whether the youth or nonminor dependent has been informed of the topics relating to reproductive and sexual health care. The bill would require a county social worker or probation officer to include in certain reports to the juvenile court the identity of the person or persons responsible for assisting the child or nonminor dependent with applications for postsecondary education and related financial aid, as specified. The bill would require the juvenile court to make a determination regarding whether the social worker has performed those duties.
      Position         
      Sponsored         
 
  AB 413 (Ting D)   Foster youth: housing.
  Current Text: Amended: 3/17/2021   html   pdf
  Location: 4/21/2021-A. APPR. SUSPENSE FILE
  Summary: Current law, subject to an annual appropriation in the annual Budget Act, requires the Department of Housing and Community Development to provide funding to counties for allocation to child welfare services agencies to help young adults who are 18 to 24 years of age secure and maintain housing, with priority given to young adults formerly in the state’s foster care or probation systems. Current law suspends this program on December 31, 2021, unless the Department of Finance makes a specified finding. This bill would delete the provisions conditionally suspending that program and subjecting the requirements of the program to an annual appropriation in the Budget Act.
  Position Letters:
AB 413 AHumSrvs
      Position         
      Support         
 
  AB 531 (Quirk-Silva D)   Education finance: local control funding formula: supplemental and concentration grants.
  Current Text: Introduced: 2/10/2021   html   pdf
  Location: 4/30/2021-A. 2 YEAR
  Summary: Would require each school district, county office of education, and charter school to identify unspent supplemental and concentration grant funds by annually reconciling and reporting to the State Department of Education its estimated and actual spending of those moneys. The bill would require unspent funds identified pursuant to these provisions to continue to be required to be expended to increase and improve services for unduplicated pupils, and would require each local educational agency to report the amounts of unspent funds identified in its local control and accountability plan.
      Position         
      Support         
 
  AB 533 (Quirk-Silva D)   Education finance: local control funding formula: supplemental and concentration grants.
  Current Text: Introduced: 2/10/2021   html   pdf
  Location: 4/30/2021-A. 2 YEAR
  Summary: Would require the State Department of Education to develop, on or before January 1, 2022, a tracking mechanism for school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools to use to report the types of services on which they spend their supplemental and concentration grant funds. The bill would require each local educational agency, commencing July 1, 2022, to annually report to the department the types of services on which it spends its supplemental and concentration grant funds using the tracking mechanism developed by the department.
      Position         
      Support         
 
  AB 546 (Maienschein D)   Dependent children: documents: housing.
  Current Text: Amended: 3/18/2021   html   pdf
  Location: 5/6/2021-S. RLS.
  Summary: Would, at the last regularly scheduled review hearing held before a dependent child attains 18 years of age and at a hearing that would terminate dependency jurisdiction over a nonminor dependent who has attained 18 years of age, additionally require the county welfare department to include in its report whether housing referrals or assistance have been successful at securing housing, the permanency of the housing, if known, whether the referrals or assistance have been successful at securing housing, and, if not, what different or additional services the department has provided that are intended to prevent the minor or nonminor from becoming homeless if jurisdiction is terminated.
  Position Letters:
Support Letter - AHS
      Position         
      Support         
 
  AB 549 (Gipson D)   Nonminor dependents.
  Current Text: Amended: 4/8/2021   html   pdf
  Location: 5/5/2021-A. APPR. SUSPENSE FILE
  Summary: Current law requires, for youth who were found to be within the jurisdiction of the juvenile court prior to attaining 18 years of age and who were continuously detained, but who attained 18 years of age prior to the juvenile court holding a dispositional hearing, the court to hold a dispositional hearing if the youth provides informed consent. Current law requires, for certain youth subject to these provisions who choose not to remain in foster care, the court to set a hearing to terminate jurisdiction. This bill would make youth eligible for a dispositional hearing pursuant to these provisions if, instead of being continuously detained, the youth was continuously subject to a detention order.
  Position Letters:
AB 549 (Gipson) AHumSrvs 3.29.21
      Position         
      Sponsored         
 
  AB 568 (Rivas, Robert  D)   Early learning and care.
  Current Text: Amended: 4/29/2021   html   pdf
  Location: 4/28/2021-A. APPR.
  Summary: Would express the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that, through greater data transparency and accountability, addresses the suspension and expulsion of African American and Hispanic children in early learning and care settings at disproportionate rates and inequitable access to high-quality early learning and care.
  Position Letters:
AB 568 (R. Rivas) AHumSrvs 3.25.21
      Position         
      Support         
 
  AB 592 (Friedman D)   Foster youth: transitional housing.
  Current Text: Introduced: 2/11/2021   html   pdf
  Location: 5/5/2021-A. APPR. SUSPENSE FILE
  Summary: Under current law, a transitional housing placement provider is an organization licensed by the department to provide transitional housing to foster children at least 16 years of age and not more than 18 years of age and to nonminor dependents to promote their transition to adulthood. Current law requires a transitional housing unit to include, among other things, a host family certified by a transitional housing placement provider. Under existing law, a violation of the act is a misdemeanor. This bill would additionally authorize a resource family, a licensed foster family home, a certified foster home, an approved relative caregiver, or a nonrelative extended family member of a participant to operate as a host family. The bill would require the transitional housing unit to include supervised transitional housing services provided by a licensed transitional housing placement provider. Because a violation of the act is a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
      Position         
      Sponsored         
 
  AB 640 (Cooley D)   Extended foster care: eligibility redetermination.
  Current Text: Amended: 4/12/2021   html   pdf
  Location: 5/12/2021-A. APPR. SUSPENSE FILE
  Summary: Would require the State Department of Social Services, by July 1, 2022, or upon receipt of any necessary federal approval, to develop and disseminate guidance to county child welfare, probation, and tribal placing agencies on recommended procedures to follow in order to transition a youth to the extended foster care program in a manner that enables the county to redetermine the youth’s eligibility for federal financial participation. The bill would require the Director of Social Services to seek any federal approvals necessary to implement these provisions by July 1, 2022.
  Position Letters:
Support Letter - AHS
      Position         
      Support         
 
  AB 656 (Carrillo D)   Child welfare system: racial disparities.
  Current Text: Amended: 4/6/2021   html   pdf
  Location: 4/30/2021-A. 2 YEAR
  Summary: Would, subject to an appropriation in the annual Budget Act, require the State Department of Social Services to establish a 3-year pilot program for the purpose of addressing racial disparities in the child welfare system in at least 5 counties, which shall be selected to participate on a voluntary basis in the pilot program according to criteria developed by the department. The bill would require a program that receives funding pursuant to these provisions to utilize a blind removal strategy when deciding whether a child should be removed from their parents’ home, as specified. The bill would require the department to submit to the Legislature an evaluation of the pilot programs and their impact and effectiveness, including, but not be limited to, monitoring the program’s effect on the rate of Black, Native American, and Latinx children who were removed.
      Position         
      Support         
 
  AB 670 (Calderon D)   Child abuse or neglect: minor and nonminor dependent parents.
  Current Text: Amended: 4/13/2021   html   pdf
  Location: 5/12/2021-A. APPR. SUSPENSE FILE
  Summary: The Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act establishes procedures for the reporting and investigation of suspected child abuse or neglect. The act requires certain professionals, including specified health practitioners and social workers, known as “mandated reporters,” to report known or suspected child abuse or neglect to a local law enforcement agency or a county welfare or probation department, as specified. Current law requires, in certain circumstances, a copy of a report made pursuant to these provisions to be sent to the attorney who represents the child who is the subject of the report in dependency court. This bill would require, when one of those agencies receives a report alleging abuse or neglect of the child of a minor dependent parent or a nonminor dependent parent, the agency to notify the attorney who represents the minor parent or nonminor dependent in dependency court within 36 hours of receiving the report.
  Position Letters:
Support Letter - AJUD
Support Letter - AHS
      Position         
      Support         
 
  AB 674 (Bennett D)   Dependent children: documents.
  Current Text: Amended: 3/25/2021   html   pdf
  Location: 5/6/2021-S. RLS.
  Summary: Current law establishes the jurisdiction of the juvenile court, which is permitted to adjudge children who have suffered abuse or neglect to be dependents of the court under certain circumstances, and prescribes various hearings and other procedures for these purposes. Current law requires the county welfare department to submit reports at the first regularly scheduled review hearing after a dependent child has attained 16 years of age and at the last regularly scheduled review hearing before a dependent child attains 18 years of age, and at every regularly scheduled review hearing thereafter, verifying that the county has provided certain information, documents, and services to the child or nonminor. This bill would also require the county welfare department to document in the report submitted at the last regularly scheduled review hearing before a dependent child attains 18 years of age that the minor or nonminor has been provided written information notifying the minor or nonminor that they may be eligible to receive CalFresh and where they can apply for CalFresh benefits.
  Position Letters:
Support Letter - AHS
      Position         
      Support         
 
  AB 740 (McCarty D)   Foster youth: suspension and expulsion.
  Current Text: Amended: 4/8/2021   html   pdf
  Location: 4/30/2021-A. 2 YEAR
  Summary: Current law requires the governing board of each high school or unified school district that assigns pupils to continuation schools to adopt rules and regulations governing procedures for the involuntary transfer of pupils to continuation schools. Current law requires these rules and regulations to provide that written notice be given to the pupil and the pupil’s parent or guardian informing them of the opportunity to request a meeting with a designee of the district superintendent of schools before the transfer. At the meeting, existing law requires the pupil or the pupil’s parent or guardian to be informed of the specific facts and reasons for the proposed transfer and to have the opportunity to inspect all documents relied upon, question any evidence and witnesses presented, and present evidence on the pupil’s behalf. This bill would require those rules and regulations, for the involuntary transfer of pupils to continuation schools, to provide written notice of the opportunity to request a meeting with a designee of the district superintendent of schools before the transfer, if the pupil is a foster child, to the foster child’s attorney and county social worker.
      Position         
      Support         
 
  AB 775 (Berman D)   Public postsecondary education: basic needs of students.
  Current Text: Amended: 4/13/2021   html   pdf
  Location: 4/28/2021-A. APPR. SUSPENSE FILE
  Summary: Current law establishes community college districts throughout the state, and authorizes them to provide instruction to students at community college campuses. Current law requests campuses of the California Community Colleges to give priority for certain student housing to current and former homeless youth, as specified, and requests those campuses to develop a plan to ensure that current and former homeless youth can access housing resources during and between academic terms, including during academic and campus breaks. Current law defines homeless youth for these purposes.This bill would express legislative findings and declarations about the impact of basic needs insecurity on college students.
  Position Letters:
AB 775 (Berman) AHigherEd 3.29.21
      Position         
      Support         
 
  AB 788 (Calderon D)   Juveniles: reunification.
  Current Text: Amended: 3/30/2021   html   pdf
  Location: 5/12/2021-S. HUM. S.
  Summary: Current law establishes the grounds for removal of a dependent child from the custody of the child’s parents or guardian and generally requires the court to order the social worker to provide designated child welfare services, including family reunification services, to the removed child and the child’s mother and statutorily presumed father or guardians. Under existing law, reunification services do not need to be provided if the court finds, by clear and convincing evidence, that, among other things, the parent or guardian of the child has a history of extensive, abusive, and chronic use of drugs or alcohol and has resisted prior court-ordered treatment, as specified.This bill would specify that, for purposes of that provision, “resisted” does not include passive resistance.
  Position Letters:
Support Letter - AHS
      Position         
      Support         
 
  AB 829 (Levine D)   Foster children: immigration counsel.
  Current Text: Amended: 4/5/2021   html   pdf
  Location: 4/28/2021-A. APPR. SUSPENSE FILE
  Summary: Would require a county to make its best efforts to provide an undocumented minor or nonminor dependent in foster care under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court with access to immigration legal services. The bill would require a county, on or before June 1, 2022, to develop a process to track the number of undocumented minor and nonminor dependents in foster care under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court and whether those documented minor and nonminor dependents have been provided access to immigration legal services. The bill would require a county, on or before January 1, 2023, and annually thereafter, to report the deidentified data collected to the department and would require the department, on or before July 1, 2023, and annually thereafter, to publish a report on its internet website containing the information submitted by the counties.
  Position Letters:
Support Letter - As Amended 4/5/2021
      Position         
      Support         
 
  AB 873 (Ramos D)   Child welfare services: Indian tribes.
  Current Text: Introduced: 2/17/2021   html   pdf
  Location: 5/12/2021-A. CONSENT CALENDAR
  Summary: Current law authorizes the State Department of Social Services to enter into an agreement with a tribe, consortium of tribes, or tribal organization regarding the care and custody of Indian children and jurisdiction over Indian child custody proceedings, under specified circumstances. Current law requires an agreement entered into under these provisions, when the agreement is concerning the provision of child welfare services, to ensure that a tribe, consortium of tribes, or tribal organization meets current service delivery standards and provides for a specified tribal matching share of costs. This bill would prohibit an agreement that is entered into pursuant to those provisions, when the agreement is concerning the administrative costs for legal representation in all stages of dependency-related legal proceedings for children in foster care, from requiring a matching share of administrative costs if legal representation is provided by tribal, tribal consortium, or tribal organization attorneys.
  Position Letters:
AB 873 (Ramos) Asm Approps 4.26.21
      Position         
      Support         
 
  AB 967 (Frazier D)   Special education: COVID-19 Special Education Fund.
  Current Text: Amended: 4/14/2021   html   pdf
  Location: 5/5/2021-A. APPR. SUSPENSE FILE
  Summary: Would establish in the State Treasury the COVID-19 Special Education Fund and would require moneys in the fund to be used by the State Department of Education, upon appropriation, for purposes of providing matching funds, on a one-to-one basis, to support local educational agencies in conducting activities to prevent and intervene early in conflicts, conduct voluntary alternative dispute resolution, and provide services to pupils with disabilities relating to individually determined impacts to learning associated with COVID-19 pandemic school disruptions, as provided. The bill would require a local educational agency to submit an application for funding to their special education local plan area to be eligible for these funds.
  Position Letters:
AB 967 (Frazier) AEd 3.24.21
      Position         
      Sponsored         
 
  AB 1055 (Ramos D)   Foster youth: tribal pupils.
  Current Text: Amended: 4/26/2021   html   pdf
  Location: 5/12/2021-A. APPR. SUSPENSE FILE
  Summary: Current law requires funding for the public school financing system pursuant to the local control funding formula to include, in addition to a base grant, supplemental and concentration grant add-ons that are based on the percentage of pupils who are unduplicated pupils, which is defined to include English learners, foster youth, or pupils eligible for free or reduced-price meals, as specified, served by the local educational agency. Current law defines a foster youth for these purposes to include a dependent child of the court of an Indian tribe, consortium of tribes, or tribal organization who is the subject of a petition filed in the tribal court pursuant to the tribal court’s jurisdiction in accordance with the tribe’s law, if the child would also meet specified state law standards describing when a child may be adjudged a dependent child of a juvenile court. This bill would delete the requirement that a dependent tribal child also meet specified state law standards for purposes of the definition of foster youth for purposes of the local control funding formula.
      Position         
      Support         
 
  AB 1117 (Wicks D)   Pupil support services: Healthy Start: Toxic Stress and Trauma Resiliency for Children Program.
  Current Text: Introduced: 2/18/2021   html   pdf
  Location: 4/30/2021-A. 2 YEAR
  Summary: Would establish the Healthy Start: Toxic Stress and Trauma Resiliency for Children Program, under which the Superintendent would be required to award grants to qualifying entities, defined to include schools, local educational agencies, and other entities that meet specified criteria, to pay the costs of planning and operating programs that provide support services to pupils and their families, as prescribed. The bill would require grants to be awarded for no more than $500,000 each and to be matched by the grantee with $1 for each $2 awarded, as specified.
      Position         
      Support         
 
  AB 1140 (Rivas, Robert  D)   Foster care: rights.
  Current Text: Introduced: 2/18/2021   html   pdf
  Location: 5/12/2021-S. HUM. S.
  Summary: Current law provides for the licensing and regulation of community care facilities, including foster family homes and group homes, by the State Department of Social Services, and requires the department to ensure that licensed or certified foster care facilities and providers accord children and nonminor dependents in foster care their personal rights. Current law establishes the Office of the State Foster Care Ombudsperson to, among other things, investigate and attempt to resolve complaints made by or on behalf of children placed in foster care, related to their care, placement, or services. This bill would specify that these duties of the department and the Office of the State Foster Care Ombudsperson include children who are in state-licensed foster facilities and homes in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement of the federal Department of Health and Human Services.
      Position         
      Support         
 
  AB 1179 (Carrillo D)   Employer provided benefit: backup childcare.
  Current Text: Introduced: 2/18/2021   html   pdf
  Location: 5/5/2021-A. APPR. SUSPENSE FILE
  Summary: Would require an employer to provide an employee, on or after January 1, 2022, who works in California for the same employer for 30 or more days within a year from the commencement of employment, with up to 60 hours of paid backup childcare benefits, to be accrued and used as provided. The bill would define “backup childcare” as childcare provided by a qualified backup childcare provider to the employee’s child when the employee’s regular childcare provider cannot be utilized, and “paid backup childcare” as an employee benefit consisting of the employer paying for a qualified backup childcare provider to provide backup childcare for an employee’s child that is compensated at the state minimum wage or the federal minimum wage, whichever is higher.
  Position Letters:
AB 1179 (Carrillo) AL&E
      Position         
      Support         
 
  AB 1318 (Stone D)   Changes of name or gender: minors.
  Current Text: Amended: 3/11/2021   html   pdf
  Location: 5/12/2021-S. JUD.
  Summary: Current law authorizes a person to file a petition with the superior court seeking a judgment recognizing their change of gender. Current law requires all petitions to recognize a change of gender for a minor with a court-appointed guardian to be filed with the court that appointed the guardian. This bill would require a petition for a change of name or gender for a minor with a court-appointed guardian or a minor who is a ward of the juvenile court to be made in the court having jurisdiction over the minor. The bill would exempt an action for a change of name of a minor under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court from the requirement that the court issue an order to show cause.
  Position Letters:
Support Letter - AJud
      Position         
      Support         
 
  SB 17 (Pan D)   Office of Racial Equity.
  Current Text: Amended: 4/15/2021   html   pdf
  Location: 5/3/2021-S. APPR. SUSPENSE FILE
  Summary: Would, until January 1, 2029, establish in state government an Office of Racial Equity, an independent public entity not affiliated with an agency or department, governed by a Racial Equity Advisory and Accountability Council. The bill would authorize the council to hire an executive director to organize, administer, and manage the operations of the office. The bill would task the office with coordinating, analyzing, developing, evaluating, and recommending strategies for advancing racial equity across state agencies, departments, and the office of the Governor. The bill would require the office to develop a statewide Racial Equity Framework providing guidelines for inclusive policies and practices that reduce racial inequities, promote racial equity, address individual, institutional, and structural racism, and establish goals and strategies to advance racial equity and address structural racism and racial inequities.
      Position         
      Support         
 
  SB 100 (Hurtado D)   Extended foster care program working group.
  Current Text: Amended: 3/25/2021   html   pdf
  Location: 4/20/2021-S. APPR. SUSPENSE FILE
  Summary: Would require the State Department of Social Services to convene a working group to examine the extended foster care program and make recommendations for improvements to the program. The bill would require the working group to submit a report to the Legislature with the recommendations on or before July 1, 2022. The bill would require the working group to include representatives from specified state agencies and stakeholders. The bill would require the working group to evaluate and provide recommendations on the overall functioning of the extended foster care system, and on other specified components of the foster care system, including higher education opportunities, job training, and employment opportunities for nonminor dependents, housing access, and access to health care and mental health services. The bill would require the recommendations to reflect a consensus of the working group, as specified.
  Position Letters:
SB 100 (Hurtado) SenHumSrvs Support
      Position         
      Support         
 
  SB 224 (Portantino D)   Pupil instruction: mental health education.
  Current Text: Amended: 3/17/2021   html   pdf
  Location: 4/5/2021-S. APPR. SUSPENSE FILE
  Summary: Would require each school district, county office of education, state special school, and charter school to ensure that all pupils in grades 1 to 12, inclusive, receive medically accurate, age-appropriate mental health education from instructors trained in the appropriate courses at least once in elementary school, at least once in junior high school or middle school, as applicable, and at least once in high school. The bill would require that instruction to include, among other things, reasonably designed instruction on the overarching themes and core principles of mental health. The bill would require that instruction and related materials to, among other things, be appropriate for use with pupils of all races, genders, sexual orientations, and ethnic and cultural backgrounds, pupils with disabilities, and English learners.
  Position Letters:
SB 224 (Portantino) SApprops 3.25.21
      Position         
      Support         
 
  SB 228 (Leyva D)   Public postsecondary education: support services for foster youth: Cooperating Agencies Foster Youth Educational Support Program.
  Current Text: Introduced: 1/15/2021   html   pdf
  Location: 4/5/2021-S. APPR. SUSPENSE FILE
  Summary: Current law requires the California State University and each community college district, and requests the University of California, with respect to each campus in their respective jurisdictions that administers a priority enrollment system, to grant priority in that system to certain foster youth or former foster youth whose dependency was established or continued by the court on or after the youth’s 16th birthday. This bill would extend this requirement and request for enrollment priority for certain foster youth or former foster youth to those whose dependency was established or continued by the court on or after the youth’s 13th birthday.
      Position         
      Support         
 
  SB 234 (Wiener D)   Transition Aged Youth Housing Program.
  Current Text: Amended: 4/26/2021   html   pdf
  Location: 5/3/2021-S. APPR. SUSPENSE FILE
  Summary: Would establish the Transition Aged Youth Housing Program for the purpose of creating housing for transition aged youth under 26 years of age, who have been removed from their homes, are experiencing homelessness unaccompanied by a parent or legal guardian, or are under the jurisdiction of a court, as specified, and would require the council to develop, implement, and administer the program.
      Position         
      Sponsored         
 
  SB 237 (Portantino D)   Special education: dyslexia risk screening.
  Current Text: Amended: 3/3/2021   html   pdf
  Location: 3/22/2021-S. APPR. SUSPENSE FILE
  Summary: Would require, on or before June 30, 2022, the State Board of Education to establish an approved list of culturally, linguistically, and developmentally appropriate screening instruments to be used by a local educational agency, as defined, to screen pupils for risk of dyslexia, as provided. The bill would require, beginning in the 2022–23 school year, and annually thereafter, a local educational agency serving pupils in any of the grades kindergarten to grade 2, inclusive, to screen each pupil in those grades for risk of dyslexia by using the screening instrument or instruments identified, as provided. The bill would require results from the screening, among other things, to be made available to a pupil’s parent or guardian in a timely manner, but no more than 45 calendar days from administering the screening.
      Position         
      Support         
 
  SB 354 (Skinner D)   Foster youth: relative placement.
  Current Text: Amended: 4/29/2021   html   pdf
  Location: 5/10/2021-S. APPR. SUSPENSE FILE
  Summary: Current law authorizes, in certain circumstances, a child who has been removed from their parent or guardian to be placed with a relative or nonrelative extended family member if the relative or nonrelative extended family member is either an approved resource family or has been assessed by a county social worker and, among other things, the relative or nonrelative extended family member has not been convicted of a crime for which a criminal records exemption cannot be granted, has been granted a criminal records exemption, or, in certain circumstances, a criminal records exemption is pending. This bill would, notwithstanding those provisions, authorize the court to order placement with a relative or nonrelative extended family member, regardless of the status of any criminal exemption or resource family approval, if the court finds that the placement does not pose a risk to the health and safety of the child, and the relative, nonrelative extended family member, or other adult living in the home has not been convicted of certain felonies within the last 5 years.
  Position Letters:
Sponsor Letter - Senate Approps
Sponsor/Support Letter - SJUD
Support Letter - SHS
      Position         
      Sponsored         
 
  SB 532 (Caballero D)   Pupil instruction: high school coursework and graduation requirements: exemptions.
  Current Text: Amended: 4/8/2021   html   pdf
  Location: 4/20/2021-S. APPR. SUSPENSE FILE
  Summary: Would require a local educational agency to inform a pupil in foster care or a pupil who is a homeless child or youth of the pupil’s right to remain in the pupil’s school of origin pursuant to federal law if the local educational agency determines the pupil is reasonably able to complete the local educational agency’s graduation requirements within the pupil’s 5th year of high school. For a pupil in foster care, a pupil who is a homeless child or youth, a former juvenile court school pupil, a pupil who is a child of a military family, or a pupil who is a migratory child, the bill would require the local educational agency to provide an option for the pupil to remain in school for a 5th year to complete the statewide course requirements in order to graduate from high school if the local educational agency determines that the pupil is reasonably able to complete these requirements, but is not reasonably able to complete the local graduation requirements, within the pupil’s 5th year of high school.
      Position         
      Support         
 
  SB 546 (Wilk R)   Communications: lifeline universal service.
  Current Text: Amended: 5/4/2021   html   pdf
  Location: 5/10/2021-S. APPR. SUSPENSE FILE
  Summary: Current law establishes the lifeline telephone service program to provide low-income households with access to affordable basic residential telephone service. Under current law, the Public Utilities Commission established a 2-year pilot program within the lifeline telephone service program that provides a smartphone and monthly prepaid mobile telephony service to certain current and former foster youth 13 to 26 years of age, inclusive, as specified. This bill would require the commission to continue this foster youth program as an element of the lifeline program to provide eligible foster youth with a smartphone and monthly prepaid mobile telephony service, including unlimited voice, text, and data service, except the bill would authorize the commission to establish a sunset date for the foster youth program. The bill would make eligible for the foster youth program current and former foster youth, 13 to 26 years of age, inclusive, residing in California.
  Position Letters:
Support Letter - Senate
      Position         
      Support         
 
  SB 739 (Cortese D)   California Universal Basic Income for Transition Age Youth pilot project.
  Current Text: Introduced: 2/19/2021   html   pdf
  Location: 5/10/2021-S. APPR. SUSPENSE FILE
  Summary: Existing law establishes the State Department of Social Services and requires the department to administer various public social services programs, including the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program, under which each county provides cash assistance and other benefits to qualified low-income families and individuals, and the CalFresh program, under which supplemental nutrition assistance benefits allocated to the state by the federal government are distributed to eligible individuals by each county. This bill would require the department, subject to an appropriation by the Legislature, to administer the California Universal Basic Income for Transition Age Youth pilot project, under which a California resident who is 21 years of age who exited foster care upon reaching 21 years of age would receive a universal basic income of $1,000 per month for 3 years.
  Position Letters:
Support Letter - SHS
      Position         
      Support         

Total Measures: 40

Total Tracking Forms: 40



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