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Legislative Committee’s 2017 Year in Review By Sabrina Ashjian, Legislative Committee Chair Located in Sacramento and representing the voice of thousands of lawyers throughout the state, CWL is uniquely positioned to engage in advocacy with our Legislature. This work is central to the advancement of women in the profession and in society. CWL’s legislative priorities are: 1) ensuring reproductive justice, including choice, maternity care, access and privacy; 2) preventing violence against women and children, including domestic violence, human trafficking, gun violence and sex crimes; 3) supporting human rights and equality, 4) court funding & access to justice; and 5) economics. This framework is used to review proposed legislation in order to select bills to support or oppose which further these legislative priorities. This year CWL supported 11 bills that were most aligned with our mission. We sent letters of support and met with legislators to explain our positions on the impact of the proposed legislation. This past month all of the bills that legislators passed went to Governor Brown to sign or veto. We are pleased to share that Governor Brown signed into law the following bills for which CWL advocated: AB 10 requires a public school maintaining any combination of classes from grade 6 to grade 12, inclusive, that meets a 40% pupil poverty threshold specified in federal law to stock 50% of the school’s restrooms with feminine hygiene products and would prohibit a public school from charging for such products. AB 41 requires law enforcement agencies to report information regarding rape kit evidence to the Department of Justice through a database established by the department within 120 days of collection of the kit. SB 219 makes it unlawful, except as specified, for any long-term care facility to take specified actions wholly or partially on the basis of a person’s actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) status, including denying admission to a long-term care facility, transferring or refusing to transfer a resident within a facility or to another facility, or discharging or evicting a resident from a facility. SB 225 expands on existing law to include a text number on the notices that are posted at specified businesses and establishments for where human trafficking victims or individuals who witness trafficking can call for services and support. AB 260 expands on existing law to include the hotel industry as one of the required businesses that must post a notice from the Department of Justice containing information related to slavery and human trafficking, including organizations that provide service and support. We also partnered again this year with A Stronger California, which seeks to secure economic opportunity for women and families by focusing on four pillars: 1) fair pay and job opportunities; 2) access to childcare; 3) family-friendly workplaces; and 4) eradicating poverty. This year, partners of A Stronger California gathered together on May 2nd to meet with legislators to express support of their priority bills. Members of CWL joined with the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) and spent the day speaking with legislators and aides. In addition to many of the bills above, we also advocated for bills including SB 63 (seeks to expand the right to job-protected parental leave to more Californians) which was also signed into law by Governor Brown. The Legislative Committee welcomes CWL members to join this committee and encourages member input into to the CWL legislative agenda no later than February 23, 2018. Please contact 2018 Legislative Committee Co-Chairs Sabrina Ashjian sabrina.ashjian@gmail.com or Melissa Marsh melissadmarsh@gmail.com.

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CWL Newsletter October 2017  

California Women Lawyers promotes the advancement of women in the legal profession and is an active advocate for the concerns of women in so...

CWL Newsletter October 2017  

California Women Lawyers promotes the advancement of women in the legal profession and is an active advocate for the concerns of women in so...