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  • Mon, October 04, 2021 8:56 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please contact the Capitol at (202) 224-3121 concerning the following bill presently sitting on the Governor's desk, unsigned . . . 

    SB380 - This bill goes against End of Life rights. 

    It is urgent you respond and make your voices heard ASAP. It's on the Governor's desk for signing . . . 

  • Wed, June 09, 2021 1:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    California Legislature - Position Letter Portal

    Your voice is important - here is an easy way to be heard!

    Did you know...
    You can easily submit your individual support or opposition to a bill directly to the committee where it is currently being reviewed.

    We encourage you to use the link below, which connects you directly to the California State Legislature POSITION LETTER PORTAL website and to a page that allows you to send a comment OR attach a more formal position letter to the committee analysts. Once you set up your account (simply by providing your e-mail), all you have to do is enter the bill #, and make your comment or attach a pre-written letter.

    CLICK HERE to go to the CA Legislature Position Letter Portal

    You may notice that every bill we write about is linked to the California Legislative website. By clicking on the BILL #, you will be taken to the text of that bill for further reading. You can also send a message directly to the AUTHOR of a bill by clicking on the tab “Comments To Author” in the group of tabs just under the bill # and title.

    It is also still important to contact your local elected state representative via e-mail, Zoom, or phone to express your opinion. Click HERE to find information on how to contact your local Assemblyperson or State Senator.

    **PLEASE NOTE** CFRW By-Laws prohibit using any RWF club/Federation identifiers when submitting a position.
    1) Article V- Ethics- Section 6- The local club’s name shall not be used by a member or an associate member when using any personal electronic communication.

    Please use this tool to submit your own personal opinion.  Do NOT attach your local club to your signature

    WHAT YOU CAN DO

    1. Research the legislation sent in the Capitol Updates by clicking on the Bill #, or research bills on your own.
    2. Click HERE to access the California Legislature Position Letter Portal.
    3. Create an account using your email. Log in if you have created an account in the past.
    4. Enter the Bill # and make your comment or attach a pre-written letter.

    Congratulations on letting your position be heard!

    For further info. on any of the bills mentioned in any CFRW Capitol Update, go to http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov  and simply enter the bill # or keywords where designated.

    Questions? Please e-mail  legislativeanalysts@cfrw.org.
  • Wed, June 09, 2021 1:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Election Reforms to Prevent Voter Fraud

    Tell your representatives to oppose H.R.4, another attempted federalization of elections. The bill empowers the Justice Department to veto changes of polling place locations, voter ID and registration requirements, and the boundary lines of redistricting in every single state. Built on the myth of voter suppression, H.R.4 ignores the Census Bureau conclusion that the 2020 election attracted “the highest voter turnout of the 21st century” and the fact that, during the entire eight years of the Obama administration, the Justice Department filed just four cases under the Voting Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination in voting. Making sure that every eligible citizen is able to vote and that their vote is not lost or stolen through fraud or errors is not voter suppression—it is good governance.

  • Wed, June 09, 2021 1:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
  • Wed, June 09, 2021 12:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    HOUSING

    AB 1135-State of California Housing Allocation Act -This bill would enact the State of California Housing Allocation Act which would require the Business, Consumer Services, and Housing Agency, HCD, CalHFA, and CTCAC, no later than January 1, 2023, to jointly establish and operate a single, centralized housing funding allocation committee, which would be within the Business, Consumer Services, and Housing Agency and comprised of representatives of those entities.  The bill would require the committee to be responsible for allocating state-controlled financing to housing developments to serve as a point of contact for developers seeking to build affordable housing in California.  The bill would require the committee to create a unified application and award process for the allocation of state-controlled affordable housing funds and make applications and awards at least twice per calendar year. This bill would require the Secretary of Business, Consumer Services, and Housing to create a plan to streamline the processes and eliminate redundant tasks between departments and to submit a report on that plan to the Legislature no later than December 31, 2022.  Currently in committee, hearing postponed by committee.  This is unfortunate because the proposal would better utilize State funding.
  • Wed, June 09, 2021 12:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    LAW ENFORCEMENT
    AB 26, Peace officers: use of force- Existing law requires each law enforcement agency, on or before January 1, 2021, to maintain a policy that provides a minimum standard on the use of force. This bill would require those law enforcement policies to require those officers to immediately report potential excessive force, and to intercede when present and observing an officer using excessive force, as defined. The bill would additionally require those policies to, among other things, prohibit retaliation against officers that report violations of law or regulation of another officer to a supervisor, as specified, and to require that an officer who fails to intercede be disciplined in the same manner as the officer who used excessive force. Existing law disqualifies specified persons from being a peace officer, including, among others, any person convicted of a felony. This bill would also disqualify a person from being a peace officer if they have been found by a law enforcement agency that employees them to have either used excessive force that resulted in great bodily injury or death or to have failed to intercede in that incident as required by a law enforcement agency’s policy.

  • Wed, June 09, 2021 12:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    EDUCATION

    AB 452- Pupil Safety: parental notification: firearm safety laws- Existing law requires the governing board of a school district, at the beginning of the first semester or quarter to notify parents or guardians of minor pupils, of the school district’s policies and procedures relating to pupils’ safety.  This bill would require a school district to inform parents and guardians of California’s child access prevention laws relating to the safe storage of firearms.  It would also require both the Department of Education and the Department of Justice to provide concise content regarding those child access prevention and safe storage of firearms laws.  This puts the responsibility on schools to distribute the information on gun safety to parents. 
  • Thu, May 27, 2021 1:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    SB 9- Housing - This bill would change planning and zoning law.  Would require a proposed housing development containing 2 residential units within a single-family residential lot/zone to be considered ministerially, without discretionary review or hearing.

  • Thu, May 27, 2021 1:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    EMPLOYMENT

    AB 1179- Employer provided benefit: backup childcare. This bill 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. This bill would apply to employers with 1,000 or more employees, the state, political subdivisions of the state, and municipalities, including charter cities.
  • Thu, May 27, 2021 12:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    EMERGENCY ORDERS

    AB 108 – Governor’s emergency orders:  approval by Legislature-The California Emergency Services Act (CESA) authorizes the Governor to proclaim a state of emergency suspending existing statutes, orders or rules during such emergency.  Orders issued or Recissions of Orders made during such emergency take effect immediately.  This bill would permit an Order issued pursuant to CESA to take effect ONLY IF APPROVED BY A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION OF THE LEGISLATURE thereby limiting the Governor’s power to act.
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