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  AB 139 (Committee on Budget)   Human services.
  Current Text: Amended: 2/2/2022   html   pdf
  Location: 2/9/2022-S. BUDGET & F.R.
  Summary: Current law authorizes the removal of a child from the physical custody of the parent or guardian with whom the child resided at the time a dependency petition was initiated if the court finds by clear and convincing evidence that one of several circumstances is present. Current law requires the court, when a child is ordered removed from their parent or guardian and the child is not placed with their noncustodial parent, to order the care, custody, control, and conduct of the child to be under the supervision of the social worker, who may place the child in specified placements, including, among others, the approved home of a relative.This bill would also authorize the social worker to place the child in the home of a relative in which the juvenile court has authorized placement, regardless of the status of any criminal record exemption or resource family approval, if the court has found that the placement does not pose a risk to the health and safety of the child.
      Position         
      Support         
 
  AB 740 (McCarty D)   Foster youth: suspension and expulsion.
  Current Text: Amended: 5/17/2022   html   pdf
  Location: 5/17/2022-S. ED.
  Summary: Current law requires a petition for the establishment of a charter school to contain comprehensive descriptions of various matters and procedures, including procedures by which pupils can be suspended or expelled from the charter school for disciplinary reasons or otherwise involuntarily removed for any reason. Current law requires these procedures to contain a clear statement that no pupil shall be involuntarily removed by the charter school for any reason unless the parent or guardian of the pupil has been provided written notice of the intent to remove the pupil no less than 5 schooldays before the effective date of the action. Current law requires the written notice to inform the pupil, the pupil’s parent or guardian, or the pupil’s educational rights holder of the right to initiate a hearing adjudicated by a neutral officer before the pupil may be involuntarily removed by the charter school. This bill would require the written notice to be provided to and inform the foster child’s educational rights holder, attorney, and county social worker and, if applicable, the Indian child’s tribal social worker and, if applicable, county social worker of the right to initiate a hearing adjudicated by a neutral officer before the foster child or, if applicable, Indian child may be involuntarily removed by the charter school.
  Position Letters:
Support Letter - SED - 5.24.22
      Position         
      Support         
 
  AB 1615 (Ting D)   Foster youth: housing.
  Current Text: Amended: 4/19/2022   html   pdf
  Location: 5/26/2022-S. RLS.
  Summary: Current law, subject to an annual appropriation in the annual Budget Act, requires the Department of Housing and Community Development to provide, under the Transitional Housing Program, funding to counties for allocation to child welfare services agencies to help young adults who are 18 to 24 years of age, inclusive, secure and maintain housing, with priority given to young adults formerly in the state’s foster care or probation systems. Current law, subject to an appropriation in the annual Budget Act, also requires the department to allocate funding to counties to provide housing navigators to help young adults who are 18 to 21 years of age, inclusive, secure and maintain housing, with priority given to young adults in the foster care system. Current law requires a child welfare agency that accepts any distribution of money pursuant to either program to report specified information to the department on an annual basis. This bill would rename to housing navigator program as the Housing Navigation and Maintenance Program, and would extend eligibility and priority for the program to help young adults who are 18 to 24 years of age, inclusive, with priority given to young adults formerly or currently in the foster care system.
  Position Letters:
AB 1615 Asm HCD Support 3.15.22
      Position         
      Support         
 
  AB 1670 (Bryan D)   Criminal justice: Commission on Alternatives to Incarceration.
  Current Text: Amended: 3/31/2022   html   pdf
  Location: 5/20/2022-A. DEAD
  Summary: Would create the Commission on Alternatives to Incarceration within the California Health and Human Services Agency to study alternatives to incarceration, alternative crisis response models, and the effects of family separation in the jail and state prison systems.
      Position         
      Support         
 
  AB 1686 (Bryan D)   Child welfare agencies: enforcement.
  Current Text: Amended: 1/31/2022   html   pdf
  Location: 5/26/2022-S. DESK
  Summary: Current law requires the State Department of Social Services to promulgate regulations for county child welfare departments, including, but not limited to, any case of separation or desertion of a parent from a child that results in foster care assistance payments, payments for a minor child placed in the same home as a minor or nonminor dependent parent, and California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) payments to a caretaker relative of a child who comes within the jurisdiction of the juvenile court. Current law requires those regulations to require the county child welfare department to determine whether it is in the best interests of the child or nonminor to have the case referred to the local child support agency for child support services, as specified. This bill would require the county child welfare department, in making that determination, to presume that the payment of support by the parent is likely to pose a barrier to the proposed reunification. The bill would require the department to revise its regulations to implement those changes on or before October 1, 2023.
  Position Letters:
Sponsor Letter - Assembly Human Services
Fact sheet updated 3.10.22
Template Support Letter - Assembly Judiciary
Sponsor Letter - Assembly Judiciary - 2.24.22
      Position         
      Sponsored         
 
  AB 1735 (Bryan D)   Foster care: rights.
  Current Text: Amended: 3/15/2022   html   pdf
  Location: 5/24/2022-S. RLS.
  Summary: Current law provides that it is the policy of the state that all minors and nonminors in foster care have specified rights, including, among others, the right to receive medical, dental, vision, and mental health services and the right to be informed of these rights in an age and developmentally appropriate manner and to receive a copy of these rights, at specified intervals. This bill would additionally provide that a child who speaks a primary language other than English has the right to receive a copy of those rights in their primary language. The bill also would require, when a child is entitled to receive a copy of the court report, case plan, and transition to independent living plan, those items to be provided in the child’s primary language.
  Position Letters:
AHUM Support Letter
      Position         
      Support         
 
  AB 1764 (Medina D)   Public postsecondary education: student housing: survey.
  Current Text: Amended: 5/23/2022   html   pdf
  Location: 5/26/2022-S. DESK
  Summary: Would require the Office of the Chancellor of the California State University and the Office of the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges, and request the Office of the President of the University of California, to collect data on student housing insecurity at each of their respective campuses, as specified. The bill would require each segment to submit a report that compiles the collected data to the Legislature and the Legislative Analyst’s Office on or before October 15, 2023, on or before October 15, 2025, and on or before October 15, 2027, as specified. To the extent the bill imposes additional duties on community college districts, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The bill would repeal these provisions on January 1, 2028.
      Position         
      Support         
 
  AB 1861 (Bryan D)   Tax credit: hiring: foster care.
  Current Text: Amended: 4/7/2022   html   pdf
  Location: 5/11/2022-A. APPR. SUSPENSE FILE
  Summary: The Personal Income Tax Law and the Corporation Tax Law allow various credits against the taxes imposed by those laws. This bill, for each taxable year beginning on or after January 1, 2023, and before January 1, 2028, would allow a credit against the taxes imposed under both laws to a qualified taxpayer, as defined, that employs an eligible individual in a prescribed amount, not exceeding $30,000, based on the number of hours an eligible individual worked for the eligible employer during the taxable year. The bill would define the term “eligible individual” to mean a person who is at least 16 years of age but not older than 26 years of age, who spent time in foster care on or after becoming 13 years of age, and who is verified by a county child welfare agency or the State Department of Social Services, as provided.
  Position Letters:
AB 1861 (Bryan) AREV Sample Ltr Template 4.19.22
AB 1861 (Bryan) AREV 4.12.22
AB 1861 (Bryan) Foster Youth Hiring Tax Credit Fact Sheet
AB 1861 (Bryan) Support AREV 3.17.22
      Position         
      Support         
 
  AB 1862 (Ramos D)   Tribally Approved Homes Compensation Program.
  Current Text: Amended: 3/29/2022   html   pdf
  Location: 5/26/2022-S. RLS.
  Summary: Current federal law, the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 (ICWA), governs the proceedings for determining the placement of an Indian child when that child is removed from the custody of the child’s parent or guardian. Current law specifies that the state is committed to protecting the essential tribal relations and best interest of an Indian child by promoting practices in accordance with ICWA. Current law authorizes a federally recognized tribe to approve a home for the purpose of foster or adoptive placement of an Indian child pursuant to ICWA, and authorizes a tribe to designate a tribal organization to do the same. This bill would establish the Tribally Approved Homes Compensation Program to provide funding to eligible tribes and tribal organizations in California to assist in funding the costs associated with recruiting and approving homes for the purpose of foster or adoptive placement of an Indian child pursuant to ICWA, as described above.
  Position Letters:
AB 1862 (Ramos) AAPPR 4.12.22
      Position         
      Support         
 
  AB 1937 (Patterson R)   Medi-Cal: out-of-pocket pregnancy costs.
  Current Text: Amended: 3/16/2022   html   pdf
  Location: 4/29/2022-A. DEAD
  Summary: Would require the State Department of Health Care Services, on or before July 1, 2023, to establish a health expense account program for pregnant Medi-Cal beneficiaries and pregnant subscribers of the Medi-Cal Access Program. The bill would make a Medi-Cal beneficiary who is pregnant or a pregnant subscriber of the Medi-Cal Access Program eligible for reimbursement for “out-of-pocket pregnancy-related costs,” as specified, in an amount not to exceed $1,250. The bill would require the person to submit the request for reimbursement within 3 months of the end of the pregnancy in order to be reimbursed. The bill would require the department to seek to maximize federal financial participation in implementing the program. The bill would require the department, to the extent federal financial participation is unavailable, to implement the program only with state funds. The bill would require the department to contract out for purposes of implementing the health expense account program, as specified. The bill would authorize the department to implement the above-described provisions through all-county or plan letters, or similar instructions, and would require regulatory action no later than January 1, 2026.
      Position         
      Support         
 
  AB 1950 (Ramos D)   Child welfare: Indian children.
  Current Text: Introduced: 2/10/2022   html   pdf
  Location: 4/29/2022-A. DEAD
  Summary: Current federal law, the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 (ICWA), governs the proceedings for determining the placement of an Indian child when that child is removed from the custody of the child’s parent or guardian. Current law authorizes the juvenile court to adjudge a child to be a dependent child of the court or a minor to be a ward of the court under specified circumstances, including, among others, if there is a substantial risk that the child will suffer serious physical harm inflicted nonaccidentally. Current law requires the juvenile court in these proceedings to inquire whether a child is or may be an Indian child, and, if so, ICWA requires, among other things, the notification of the proceedings to the Indian child’s tribe. Existing law requires the Judicial Council to adopt rules of court to allow for telephonic or other remote appearance options by an Indian child’s tribe in these proceedings. Current law prohibits telephonic or other computerized remote access for court appearances from being subject to fees. This bill would instead authorize an Indian child’s tribe to participate by telephone or other remote appearance options in proceedings in which the ICWA may apply, and would authorize the method of appearance to be determined by the court, as specified.
      Position         
      Support         
 
  AB 2085 (Holden D)   Crimes: mandated reporters.
  Current Text: Amended: 5/19/2022   html   pdf
  Location: 5/24/2022-S. RLS.
  Summary: The Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act requires certain professionals, including specified health practitioners and social workers, known as “mandated reporters,” to report known or reasonably suspected child abuse or neglect to a local law enforcement agency or a county welfare or probation department, as specified. Failure by a mandated reporter to report an incident of known or reasonably suspected child abuse or neglect is a misdemeanor. Current law defines “neglect” for these purposes as the negligent treatment or the maltreatment of a child by a person responsible for the child’s welfare under circumstances indicating harm or threatened harm to the child’s welfare. Current law defines “general neglect” as the negligent failure of a person having the care or custody of a child to provide adequate food, clothing, shelter, medical care, or supervision where no physical injury to the child has occurred. This bill would limit the definition of general neglect to only include circumstances where the child is at substantial risk of suffering serious physical harm or illness, and would provide that general neglect does not include a parent’s economic disadvantage.
  Position Letters:
Support Letter - Assembly Public Safety 3.23.22
      Position         
      Support         
 
  AB 2121 (Garcia, Eduardo D)   School accountability: California Collaborative for Educational Excellence: special education resource leads.
  Current Text: Amended: 3/7/2022   html   pdf
  Location: 5/26/2022-S. RLS.
  Summary: Current law establishes the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence to advise and assist school districts, county superintendents of schools, and charter schools in achieving their local control and accountability plan goals. Current law requires the department and the collaborative to establish a process, administered by the State Department of Education, to select, subject to approval by the executive director of the state board in consultation with the Department of Finance, special education local plan areas or consortia of special education local plan areas to serve as special education resource leads to work with the lead agencies and other county offices of education to improve pupil outcomes as part of the statewide system of support. Current law requires at least 3 resource leads to be selected in a manner to ensure statewide representation and focus directly on building special education local plan area capacity, as specified. This bill would authorize county offices of education and consortia of county offices of education to be eligible for selection to serve as special education resource leads under the above-described process.
  Position Letters:
AB 2121 (Garcia) Asm Ed Support 3.15.22
      Position         
      Support         
 
  AB 2159 (Bryan D)   Reunification services.
  Current Text: Amended: 3/16/2022   html   pdf
  Location: 5/26/2022-S. RLS.
  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. Current law requires a court to order reasonable services, including reunification services, if a parent or guardian is incarcerated, institutionalized, or detained by the United States Department of Homeland Security, or has been deported to the parent or guardian’s country of origin, unless the court determines by clear and convincing evidence that those services would be detrimental to the child considering specified factors, including, among other things, the length of the sentence, the nature of the crime, and the degree of detriment to the child if services are not offered. This bill would prohibit the denial of reunification services for parents and guardians who are in custody before conviction, as specified.
  Position Letters:
Support Letter - AHUM - 4.19.22
Support Letter - AJUD - 3.15.22
      Position         
      Support         
 
  AB 2189 (Friedman D)   Foster youth.
  Current Text: Amended: 5/19/2022   html   pdf
  Location: 5/26/2022-S. RLS.
  Summary: Current law authorizes nonminors who have not yet attained 21 years of age and who exited foster care at or after the age of majority to petition the court to resume dependency jurisdiction or to assume transition jurisdiction over the nonminor. Under current law, the county welfare department is required to submit reports at the first regularly scheduled review hearing after a dependent child has attained 16 years of age, 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 specified information, documents, and services have been provided to the child or nonminor. This bill would require certain additional verifications to be included in those reports, including, among other things, verification that specified information has been included in the child’s or nonminor’s case plan.
  Position Letters:
AB 2189 (Friedman) - AJUD 4.12.22
AB 2189 (Friedman) - AHUM 3.24.22
      Position         
      Sponsored         
 
  AB 2259 (Berman D)   Foster youth: substance use disorders.
  Current Text: Amended: 5/19/2022   html   pdf
  Location: 5/26/2022-S. RLS.
  Summary: Would require the State Department of Social Services, in collaboration with the State Department of Health Care Services, to establish a grant program to fund the development and implementation of evidence-based models and promising practices to serve foster youth with substance use disorders who are residing in family-based settings. The bill would require the State Department of Social Services, in the establishment of the grant program, to take specified actions, including, among others, developing an application process and establishing requirements for models and practices funded with a grant. The bill would require the State Department of Health Care Services to provide technical assistance to grantees, counties, and providers to support implementation of evidence-based models and promising practices. The bill would also require the State Department of Social Services to submit progress reports relating to the grant program to the Legislature during annual budget hearings.
      Position         
      Support         
 
  AB 2309 (Friedman D)   Guardianships.
  Current Text: Amended: 3/14/2022   html   pdf
  Location: 5/24/2022-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. Current law authorizes a juvenile court, if the court finds that a child is abused or neglected, and the parent has advised the court that the parent is not interested in family maintenance or family reunification services, in addition to or in lieu of adjudicating the child a dependent child of the court, to order a legal guardianship and appoint a legal guardian, as specified. This bill would recast those provisions and would additionally authorize the court, after the court receives and considers the evidence on the proper disposition of the case, to order a legal guardianship and appoint a legal guardian, as specified, if, at any time, the parent advises the court that the parent is not interested in family maintenance or family unification services.
  Position Letters:
-NO NAME GIVEN-
Sponsor Letter - Assembly Appropriations - 4.28.22
Sponsor Letter - Assembly Human Services - 3.21.22
Fact sheet updated 3.7.22
Template Support Letter - Assembly Judiciary
Sponsor Letter - Assembly Judiciary - 3.4.22
      Position         
      Sponsored         
 
  AB 2417 (Ting D)   Juveniles: Youth Bill of Rights.
  Current Text: Introduced: 2/17/2022   html   pdf
  Location: 5/24/2022-S. RLS.
  Summary: Existing law establishes the Youth Bill of Rights, which includes the right to live in a safe, healthy, and clean environment conducive to treatment and rehabilitation, to contact attorneys, ombudspersons, and other advocates regarding conditions of confinement or violations of rights, and to receive a quality education. Under current law, the Youth Bill of Rights applies to youth confined in a facility of the Division of Juvenile Justice in the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. This bill would make the Youth Bill of Rights applicable to youth confined in any juvenile justice facility. The bill would further require, as part of the Youth Bill of Rights, that youth have access to postsecondary academic and career technical education and programs and access to information regarding parental rights, among other things. The bill would require the Division of the Ombudsperson of the Office of Youth and Community Restoration, in consultation with other specified parties, to develop standardized information explaining these rights no later than July 1, 2023.
  Position Letters:
AB 2417 Support Letter 3-21-2 APUBS
      Position         
      Support         
 
  AB 2617 (Holden D)   Pupil instruction: dual enrollment programs: competitive grants: College and Career Access Pathways partnerships: best practices: communication and marketing strategy.
  Current Text: Amended: 4/7/2022   html   pdf
  Location: 5/24/2022-S. RLS.
  Summary: Would appropriate $500,000,000 from the General Fund to the State Department of Education for the department, in consultation with the office of the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges, by July 1, 2023, to administer a competitive grant program to enable local educational agencies to establish opportunities for pupils to obtain college credits while enrolled in high school and provide dual enrollment opportunities, as provided. The bill would authorize local educational agencies to apply for one-time grants of up to $500,000 to establish outreach campaigns to encourage pupils to enroll in dual enrollment programs, and to support costs associated with coupling robust pupil advising and success supports with available dual enrollment and accelerated college credit opportunities. The bill would authorize local educational agencies to also apply for one-time grants of up to $250,000 to support the costs to plan for, and start up, a middle college or early college high school that is located on the campus of a local educational agency, as provided. The bill would authorize local educational agencies to also apply for one-time grants of up to $100,000 to establish a College and Career Access Pathways (CCAP) partnership, as provided.
      Position         
      Support         
 
  AB 2665 (Carrillo D)   Child welfare system: racial disparities.
  Current Text: Amended: 5/19/2022   html   pdf
  Location: 5/26/2022-S. RLS.
  Summary: Existing law establishes the jurisdiction of the juvenile court, which may adjudge children to be dependents of the court under certain circumstances, including when the child suffered or there is a substantial risk that the child will suffer serious physical harm, or a parent fails to provide the child with adequate food, clothing, shelter, or medical treatment. Existing law establishes the grounds for removal of a dependent child from the custody of their parents or guardian, and establishes procedures to determine temporary placement of a dependent child. This bill would require the State Department of Social Services to establish a 3-year pilot program on or before July 1, 2023, for the purpose of addressing racial disparities in the child welfare system in up to 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 the department to submit to the Legislature an evaluation of the pilot programs and their impact and effectiveness, as specified.
  Position Letters:
Support Letter - AHUM - 3.30.22
      Position         
      Support         
 
  SB 17 (Pan D)   Office of Racial Equity.
  Current Text: Amended: 7/1/2021   html   pdf
  Location: 8/27/2021-A. 2 YEAR
  Summary: Would, until January 1, 2029, would 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, in consultation with state agencies, departments, and public stakeholders, as appropriate, to develop a statewide Racial Equity Framework that includes a strategic plan with policy and inclusive practice recommendations, guidelines, goals, and benchmarks to reduce racial inequities, promote racial equity, and address individual, institutional, and structural racism.
      Position         
      Support         
 
  SB 20 (Dodd D)   Student nutrition: eligibility for CalFresh benefits.
  Current Text: Amended: 3/17/2021   html   pdf
  Location: 5/5/2022-A. HIGHER ED.
  Summary: Current state law provides that, for the purposes of determining eligibility, certain postsecondary educational programs, as determined by the State Department of Social Services, are considered employment training programs, thereby qualifying a student participating in one of those programs for an exemption, unless prohibited by federal law. Current law expresses legislative intent to clarify educational policies for purposes of improving access for low-income students to the CalFresh program. Current law also requires the Student Aid Commission to provide written notice to recipients of Cal Grant awards who qualify for participation in the CalFresh program under the federal regulation. This bill would additionally require the commission, to the extent that it possesses pertinent information, to provide written notice to students who qualify for a waiver of the community college enrollment fee that they qualify, or may qualify, for benefits under the CalFresh program.
      Position         
      Support         
 
  SB 234 (Wiener D)   Transition Aged Youth Housing Program.
  Current Text: Amended: 5/19/2022   html   pdf
  Location: 5/5/2022-A. H. & C.D.
  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 532 (Caballero D)   Pupil instruction: high school coursework and graduation requirements: exemptions and alternatives.
  Current Text: Amended: 5/12/2022   html   pdf
  Location: 5/5/2022-A. ED.
  Summary: Current law requires a local educational agency, as defined, to exempt 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 who transfers between schools any time after the completion of the pupil’s 2nd year of high school, or a pupil participating in an English language proficiency program for newly arrived immigrant pupils and who is in their 3rd or 4th year of high school, from all coursework and other requirements adopted by the governing body of the local educational agency that are in addition to the statewide coursework requirements necessary to receive a diploma of graduation from high school, unless the local educational agency makes a finding that the pupil is reasonably able to complete the local educational agency’s graduation requirements in time to graduate from high school by the end of the pupil’s 4th year of high school. This bill, among other things, would require the local educational agency to instead consult with a pupil described-above and the person holding the right to make educational decisions for the pupil, of the option to remain in school for a 5th year 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 or is not reasonably able to complete the local graduation requirements within a 5th year but is reasonably able to complete the statewide graduation requirements within the pupil’s 5th year of high school, as provided.
      Position         
      Sponsored         
 
  SB 641 (Skinner D)   CalFresh for College Students Act.
  Current Text: Amended: 1/20/2022   html   pdf
  Location: 5/5/2022-A. HUM. S.
  Summary: Current state law requires, for the purposes of determining eligibility for CalFresh, certain educational programs, as determined by the State Department of Social Services, to be considered employment and training programs, thereby qualifying a student participating in one of those programs for an exemption, unless prohibited by federal law. Current law requires the department to maintain and regularly update a list of programs that meet the employment and training exemption set forth in federal regulations. Current law also requires the department to issue and maintain instructions for county human services agencies to verify exemptions to the CalFresh student eligibility rule for specified students. This bill would also require the department to post on its internet website that program list and those instructions to counties, and would require the instructions to include specific guidance for processing applications, reporting, and recertification for additional students who are exempt from the CalFresh student eligibility rule.
      Position         
      Support         
 
  SB 848 (Umberg D)   Civil actions: parties and postponements.
  Current Text: Amended: 5/17/2022   html   pdf
  Location: 5/24/2022-A. DESK
  Summary: Current law authorizes, until July 1, 2023, a party to appear remotely and a court to conduct conferences, hearings, proceedings, and trials in civil cases, in whole or in part, through the use of remote technology. This bill would extend the sunset provision to January 1, 2026. The bill would require each superior court to report to the Judicial Council on or before October 1, 2023, and annually thereafter, and for the Judicial Council to report to the Legislature on or before December 31, 2023, and annually thereafter, to assess the impact of technology issues or problems affecting civil remote proceedings and purchases and leases of technology and equipment to facilitate civil remote conferences, hearings, or proceedings.
      Position         
      Support         
 
  SB 854 (Skinner D)   Hope, Opportunity, Perseverance, and Empowerment (HOPE) for Children Act of 2022.
  Current Text: Amended: 5/2/2022   html   pdf
  Location: 5/20/2022-S. DEAD
  Summary: Would require the Treasurer, on or before February 15, 2023, to convene a workgroup to advise the Legislature on the policy and funds necessary to establish trust fund accounts for children whose parent or guardian died from the COVID-19 virus and foster children most immediately, and eventually for all children born into low-income homes. The bill would require, no later than March 1, 2023, the workgroup to submit a report to the Legislature that includes its advice and considerations for the trust fund accounts and identifies the authority necessary to expand an existing trust fund program or create a new program to include all children born into low-income circumstances and assesses the funding to do that, among other things.
      Position         
      Support         
 
  SB 866 (Wiener D)   Minors: vaccine consent.
  Current Text: Amended: 3/9/2022   html   pdf
  Location: 5/19/2022-A. JUD.
  Summary: Current law prescribes various circumstances under which a minor may consent to their medical care and treatment without the consent of a parent or guardian. This bill would additionally authorize a minor 12 years of age or older to consent to vaccines that meet specified federal agency criteria. The bill would authorize a vaccine provider, as defined, to administer a vaccine pursuant to the bill, but would not authorize the vaccine provider to provide any service that is otherwise outside the vaccine provider’s scope of practice.
      Position         
      Support         
 
  SB 870 (Portantino D)   Developmental services.
  Current Text: Introduced: 1/24/2022   html   pdf
  Location: 5/25/2022-A. DESK
  Summary: The Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act requires the State Department of Developmental Services to contract with regional centers to provide services and supports to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, and requires regional centers to identify and pursue all possible sources of funding for consumers receiving those services. Current law defines a "developmental disability" as a disability that originates before an individual attains 18 years of age, continues, or can be expected to continue, indefinitely, and constitutes a substantial disability for the individual.This bill would modify that definition to mean a disability that originates before an individual attains 22 years of age, continues, or can be expected to continue, indefinitely, and constitutes a substantial disability for the individual.
  Position Letters:
SB 870 (Portantino) SAPPR 4.12.22
SB 870 (Portantino) SHUM 3.21.22
      Position         
      Support         
 
  SB 885 (Laird D)   Community colleges: Current and former foster youth support: NextUp.
  Current Text: Amended: 3/31/2022   html   pdf
  Location: 5/25/2022-A. DESK
  Summary:  The Cooperating Agencies Foster Youth Educational Support Program authorizes the Office of the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges to enter into agreements with up to 20 community college districts to provide additional funds for services in support of postsecondary education for foster youth. Current law specifies that these services include, when appropriate, but are not necessarily limited to, outreach and recruitment, consultation and eligibility verification, consultation and referrals for students deemed ineligible, service coordination, counseling, book and supply grants, tutoring, independent living and financial literacy skills support, frequent in-person contact, career guidance, transfer counseling, childcare and transportation assistance, and referrals to health services, mental health services, housing assistance, other related services, and direct financial support, as specified. This bill would rename the Cooperating Agencies Foster Youth Educational Support Program as NextUp, and would expand authorization for the program by removing the 20 community college district limit.
  Position Letters:
SB 885 SHUM Support 3.22.22
SB 885 Senate Ed 2.23.22
      Position         
      Support         
 
  SB 975 (Min D)   Debt: coerced debts: right of action.
  Current Text: Amended: 5/19/2022   html   pdf
  Location: 5/24/2022-A. DESK
  Summary: Current law regulates various practices related to debt, including its sale and collection. Current law provides for various private rights of action, including for a patient against a psychotherapist for sexual contact, as defined and specified, a peace officer against an individual who has filed a false complaint with the officer’s employing agency, as specified, and a person against another for sexual harassment, as defined and specified. This bill would create a right of action that would allow an alleged debtor to bring an action or a claim against an alleged creditor to establish that the alleged creditor’s claim arises from a coerced debt, as specified and defined.
  Position Letters:
Support Letter - SJUD - 4.5.22
      Position         
      Support         
 
  SB 1016 (Portantino D)   Special education: eligibility: fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.
  Current Text: Introduced: 2/14/2022   html   pdf
  Location: 5/25/2022-A. DESK
  Summary: Current law requires all children with disabilities residing in the state, regardless of the severity of their disabilities, and who are in need of special education and related services, to be identified, located, and assessed. Current regulations adopted by the State Board of Education provide that a child who is assessed as having a specified health impairment or other health impairment is entitled to special education and related services. Those regulations define "other health impairment" as having limited strength, vitality, or alertness, including a heightened alertness to environmental stimuli, that results in limited alertness with respect to the environment that is due to a chronic or acute health problem and adversely affects the child’s educational performance. This bill would require the state board to include "fetal alcohol spectrum disorder" in that definition of "other health impairment."
  Position Letters:
Support Letter - SED - 3.15.2022
      Position         
      Support         
 
  SB 1071 (Umberg D)   Public social services: administrative hearings: juvenile records access.
  Current Text: Amended: 3/21/2022   html   pdf
  Location: 5/12/2022-A. HUM. S.
  Summary: Current law authorizes an applicant for, or recipient of, public social services who is dissatisfied with certain actions of the county welfare department to request a hearing from the state department administering the social services. Current law requires the state department administering the social services to set the hearing to commence within 30 working days after the request is filed, and to give written notice to the parties at least 10 days prior to the hearing. Current law requires a public or private agency to provide a copy of their position statement, as specified, on the forthcoming hearing at least 2 days prior to the hearing if a position statement is required. This bill would authorize the attorney’s participating in the administrative hearings described above to inspect a juvenile’s case file. The bill would impose restrictions on the use of the confidential information and require subsequent sealing of the confidential information. The bill would require the agency to attach to any position statement prepared for an administrative hearing a copy of documentary evidence and a list of witnesses the agency intends to use at the hearing and, in certain circumstances, portions of the juvenile case file that the agency used in making its decision to take the action that is being appealed. The bill would require, where regulations require the agency to allow the applicant for, or recipient of, public social services to examine the case record or other nonprivileged information that has been used in taking the action that is being appealed, the records and information to be available for inspection by the applicant or recipient no later than 10 days prior to the hearing.
  Position Letters:
Sponsor Letter - Senate Approps - 4.26.22
Sponsor Letter - Senate Judiciary - 3.24.22
Sponsor Letter - Senate Human Services - 3.4.22
Fact sheet updated 2.28.22
Template Support Letter - Senate Human Services
      Position         
      Sponsored         
 
  SB 1090 (Hurtado D)   Family Urgent Response System.
  Current Text: Amended: 3/14/2022   html   pdf
  Location: 5/25/2022-A. DESK
  Summary: Current law requires the State Department of Social Services to establish a statewide hotline as the entry point for a Family Urgent Response System to respond to calls from caregivers or current or former foster children or youth during moments of instability. Current law requires the hotline to include, among other things, referrals to a county-based mobile response system, which counties are required to establish, for further support and in-person response. Current law defines the term “current or former foster child or youth” for the purposes of these provisions as a child or youth found to be within the jurisdiction of the juvenile court as either a dependent or delinquent child and who is served by the county child welfare agency or probation department and a child or youth who has exited foster care to reunification, guardianship, or adoption. This bill would expand that definition to also include, among others, a child or youth who is the subject of a voluntary placement agreement, as specified, and a child or youth who is the subject of a petition to declare them a dependent child of the juvenile court.
  Position Letters:
SB 1090 (Hurtado) SAPPR 4.12.22
SB 1090 SJUD 3.24.22
SB 1090 (Hurtado) Support SenHumSrvs 3.16.22
      Position         
      Support         
 
  SB 1091 (Hurtado D)   Family finding and engagement.
  Current Text: Amended: 3/21/2022   html   pdf
  Location: 5/25/2022-A. DESK
  Summary: Current law requires the State Department of Social services to allocate certain funds through contracts with community-based providers or entities or through local assistance allocations to counties or Indian tribes that support new or expanded programs, services, practices, and training that builds system capacity and ensures the provision of a high-quality continuum of care that is designed to support foster children in the least restrictive setting that is consistent with a child’s permanency plan. Current law requires recipients of those funds to use the funds for specified purposes, one of which may be building system capacity for intensive, child-specific recruitment, family finding and engagement, and support programs for children with complex needs. This bill would specify that funds appropriated by the Legislature for the purposes of the bill shall be available to fund family finding and engagement techniques to find permanent families and relationship for foster children.
  Position Letters:
SB 1091 (Hurtado) Family Finding Fact Sheet
SB 1091 (Hurtado) SHUM 3.17.22
      Position         
      Support         
 
  SB 1273 (Bradford D)   School safety: mandatory notifications.
  Current Text: Amended: 5/3/2022   html   pdf
  Location: 5/26/2022-A. DESK
  Summary: Current law provides that any person who willfully disturbs any public school or any public school meeting is guilty of a misdemeanor and subject to a fine of not more than $500. This bill would exempt pupils who are currently enrolled in the school district from that provision.
  Position Letters:
Support Letter - SPUBS - 4.12.22
Support Letter - SED - 3.21.22
      Position         
      Support         
 
  SB 1300 (Durazo D)   Foster youth: Supplemental Security Income.
  Current Text: Amended: 4/7/2022   html   pdf
  Location: 5/25/2022-A. DESK
  Summary: Current law provides for the out-of-home placement, including foster care placement, of children who are unable to remain in the custody and care of their parents. The federal Social Security Act provides for benefits for eligible beneficiaries, including survivorship and disability benefits and supplemental security income (SSI) benefits for, among others, blind and disabled children. Current law requires the county to provide specified information relating to SSI payments to a foster youth receiving those benefits when the youth is approaching their 18th birthday, including providing information regarding the federal requirement that the youth establish continuing disability as an adult in order for SSI benefits to continue. Current law declares the intent of the Legislature that nonminor dependents who receive federal SSI benefits may serve as their own payee, if it is determined that the nonminor dependent satisfies the criteria established by the Social Security Administration, and should be assisted by the county welfare department in receiving direct payment. Current law requires a youth in foster care and nearing emancipation to be screened by the county for potential eligibility SSI benefits, as specified. This bill would revise and expand these provisions with respect to nonminor dependents, including requiring the county, if the youth elects to remain in foster care as a nonminor dependent after attaining 18 years of age, to assist the nonminor dependent in establishing continuing disability as an adult, including identifying an appropriate representative payee, which may include the nonminor dependent, a trusted adult, or the county.
  Position Letters:
Sponsor Letter - Senate Approps - 4.12.22
Sponsor Letter - Senate Judiciary - 3.22.22
Sponsor Letter - Senate Human Services - 3.4.22
Template Support Letter - Senate Human Services
Legal Services Program Letter of Invitation
BayLegal Letter of Invitation
Fact Sheet updated 2.18.22
      Position         
      Sponsored         
 
  SB 1351 (Durazo D)   California Youth Apprenticeship Program.
  Current Text: Amended: 5/19/2022   html   pdf
  Location: 5/26/2022-A. DESK
  Summary: Would establish the California Youth Apprenticeship Program for the purpose of awarding grant funds to eligible applicants to provide funding for existing apprenticeship and preapprenticeship programs or to develop new apprenticeship programs to serve a specified target population. The bill would define “target population” as individuals from 16 to 24 years of age who are at risk of disconnection or are disconnected from the education system or employment, unhoused, in the child welfare, juvenile justice, or criminal justice system, live in concentrated poverty, or face barriers to labor market participation, among other criteria. The bill would establish the Office of the California Youth Apprenticeship Program within the Division of Apprenticeship Standards to administer the program.
  Position Letters:
SB 1351 (Durazo) - SLAB 4.11.22
      Position         
      Support         

Total Measures: 38

Total Tracking Forms: 38



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