Legislation

Stonewall Democratic Club is actively tracking a number of progressive bills, motions, and council files making their way through the legislative process in Washington, DC (federal); Sacramento (state); LA County (county); and the Los Angeles City Council (city). We also make recommendations for new bills, motions, and ordinances.

Below, please find a summary of the bills we are supporting and opposing as well as one recommendation for a new bill. We invite your help in advocating for these bills and encourage you to write your elected officials and urge their support! Feel free to borrow language from our letters below.

To submit your own letter for statewide legislation, as a member of Stonewall Democratic Club, please utilize the California Legislature Position Letter Portal.   

Legislative Action Committee Members

  • Chair - John Erickson, Ph.D.
  • Vice-Chair - Dan Halden
  • Legislative Action Website Guru & Second Vice-Chair - Sarah Pinho

SUPPORT

Federal

  • Stonewall Recommendation - Recommends that a nationwide moratorium on essential utility service disconnections be part of the next COVID-19 package; this Nationwide Utility Shut-off Moratorium would be in effect until the COVID-19 pandemic threat has passed and the country’s economy has stabilized. Our draft letter (April 13, 2020)COVID-19 response.

 

 

State

  • 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. Our letter (March 15, 2020)COVID-19 response.

 

  • 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. Our letter (March 14, 2020).

 

  • SB 859 (Wiener) - Requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Chief of the Office of AIDS to develop and implement a statewide Master Plan on HIV, hepatitis C (HCV), and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Our letter (March 14, 2020).

 

  • 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. (No letter at this time.)

 

  • 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. (No letter at this time.)

 

  • 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. (No letter at this time.)

 

  • 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.

 

Los Angeles County

  • Stonewall Recommendation - Recommends that restaurants be allowed to submit plans that would enable them to operate as wholesale grocers, as long as social distancing guidelines are met; this was in response to County Health zealously shutting down restaurants who had converted to grocers in order to sell food (such as fresh fruit, etc.) to customers, even telling the restaurants they could not apply for a grocery license. As of April 28, 2020, restaurants had been able to reopen as grocers, saving jobs and small businesses, due to a pressure campaign from Stonewall Democratic Club and others. Our letter (March 3, 2020). COVID-19 response

 

Los Angeles City Council

  • CF 20-0147-S15 - Requests the City Attorney draft an emergency ordinance, retroactive to March 1, 2020, creating a citywide worker retention policy, in which employers that take over workplaces following a change in ownership or in control through subcontracting shall give preference in hiring to workers previously employed at the same worksite, and not terminated for just cause, in order of seniority. Our letter (March 26, 2020)COVID-19 response.

 

  • CF 20-0147-S19 (status / text)  - Temporarily prohibits evictions of residential and commercial tenants for failure to pay rent due to COVID-19 and prohibits no-fault evictions of residential tenants if the tenant or any member of the household is ill, in isolation, or under quarantine due to COVID-19. This ordinance further suspends withdrawals of occupied residential units from the rental market under the Ellis Act, Government Code Section 7060, et seq. Our letter (March 26, 2020)COVID-19 response.

 

 

  • Stonewall Democratic Club has joined 275+ advocacy organizations, worker centers, labor unions, service providers, religious congregations, community groups, affordable housing developers, public interest lawyers, public health and safety organizations, and many more uniting across lines of race, class, and geography to propose concrete solutions to the many hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. To learn more about this coalition, called Healthy LA Coalition, and to join and help advocate, please click hereCOVID-19 response

 

OPPOSE (none at this time)

 

We want to thank all of you who have engaged with us in advocating for these bills as they make their way through the legislative process. We need your voice to help continue advocating for the change that we need to see in the world.

 

Page updated 4/30/2020 by Sarah Pinho