Legislative Tracking (State)

Last updated on 9/8/2020 by Sarah Pinho

SB 1237 (Dodd)

Nurse-midwives: scope of practice. - the Justice and Equity in Maternity Care Act. - This bill would increase access to high-value, high-quality maternal healthcare and improve maternal and newborn health outcomes during a time when California
faces a critical obstetrician shortage and significant race-based disparities in maternal and infant outcomes.

AB 1436 (Chiu)

This bill would recognize the scale and economic impact of the COVID-19 emergency by re-moving the threat of eviction for renters affected by the crisis while preserving the ability of landlords to recover un-paid rent.

AB 2542 (Kalra)

Criminal procedure: discrimination - Racial Justice Act - This bill would prohibit the state from seeking a criminal conviction or sentence on the basis of race, ethnicity, or national origin and puts mechanisms, such as expanding the duties of local prosecutors, into place to enforce this prohibition. Note: as of 7/20/2020, this bill will not be moving forward this year.

ACA 5 (Weber)

Creates equal opportunities for all Californians by fighting discrimination against women and people of color and restoring affirmative action in public contracting, public employment and public education.

AB 3300 (Santiago)


California Access to Housing and Services Act - Appropriates $2 billion in ongoing funding to big cities, counties and homeless CoCs, and affordable housing developers to expedite the delivery of homeless housing, rental and housing assistance, and wrap-around services.

AB 2218 (Santiago)

Establishes the Transgender Wellness and Equity Fund under the administration of the Office of Health Equity in the State Department of Public Health for grants to Trans-led organizations and hospitals, health care clinics, and other medical providers that provide gender-conforming health care services and have an established partnership with a Trans-led organization, to create, or fund existing, programs focused on coordinating trans-inclusive health care, as defined, for people that identify as transgender, gender non-conforming, or intersex. The bill would appropriate $15,000,000 from the General Fund to the Transgender Wellness and Equity Fund, established pursuant to this bill, for these purposes.

AB 2236 (Gabriel)

Requires the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) to develop and periodically update an interactive refresher course on hate crimes for in-service peace officers, and require specified peace officers to take the course every 5 years. 6/4/2020 update: Sadly, this bill was held in Assembly Appropriations so it will not be moving forward this year.

AB 2023 (Chiu)

Ensures that California’s public colleges and universities allow transgender and nonbinary students to have their chosen name printed on their diploma, and provides a standardized process for updating the records of former students so their name and gender are accurately reflected on critical documents.

AB 1907 (Santiago, Gipson, and Quirk-Silva)

Until January 1, 2029, exempts from environmental review under CEQA (the California Environmental Quality Act) certain activities approved by or carried out by a public agency in furtherance of providing emergency shelters, supportive housing, or affordable housing, as each is defined. The bill would require a lead agency that determines to carry out or approve an activity that is within this CEQA exemption to file a notice of exemption, as specified.

AB 1989 (Garcia)

Requires a package or box containing menstrual products that was manufactured for sale or distribution in this state on or after January 1, 2023, to have printed on the label a plain and conspicuous list of all ingredients in the product, by weight. By creating a new crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

AB 2003 (Garcia)

Requires a community college to stock 50% of the school’s restrooms with feminine hygiene products, as defined. The bill would prohibit a community college from charging for any menstrual products, including feminine hygiene products, provided to students. Because this bill would impose new duties on community college districts, it would impose a state-mandated local program.

AB31 (Garcia, Bonta, González, Mathis)

Extends the exemption until January 1, 2027 of taxes on the sale of, or the storage, use, or other consumption of, menstrual hygiene products, defined as tampons, specified sanitary napkins, menstrual sponges, and menstrual cups, currently set to expire on January 1, 2022.

Stonewall Recommendation

Recommends that Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins allocate funding to specifically support TGI people and trans-led organizations across the state. TGI people experience significant barriers in society that have only been exacerbated by the coronavirus. Houselessness, economic instability, and difficulties in accessing health care are only a few of the barriers that have been deepened during the world’s response to the pandemic.