Legislative Action

Stonewall Democratic Club is actively supporting a number of progressive bills making their way through the legislative process in Sacramento. We wanted to provide you a quick recap of the bills we are supporting, those that we oppose, and one that has already made it to Governor Brown’s desk and has been signed into law.

The following Stonewall-supported bills have advanced:

  • SB 224 (Jackson), prohibits sexual harassment in the venture capital industry.
  • AB 1870 (Friedman, Reyes, Waldron), gives victims up to three years after harassment occurs to file a complaint with the California Department of Fair Employments and Housing.
  • SB 10 (Hertzberg), restructures and reforms California’s money bail system by insuring that no one is detained behind bar pre-trial for being unable to afford bail. This bill will also be featured on an upcoming episode of our Stonewall Spotlight podcast!
  • SB 1150 (Jackson), applies the procedural framework of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) to California government.
  • SB 1100 (Portantino), prohibits a person from making more than one firearm purchase within a 30-day period in California and increases the age requirement for purchasing all firearms to 21 years.
  • SB 320 (Leyva), requires UC and CSU’s with student health centers to provide medical abortion services for students.
  • AB 2943 (Low), declares conversion therapy a fraudulent business practice.
  • SB 1449 (Leyva), ensures that victims reporting sexual assault across California will have equal access to swift submission and analysis of forensic evidence associated with their case. Specifically, newly collected rape kits must be submitted within 20 days and tested no later than 120 days after receipt. This bill, along with its companion bill in the Assembly (AB 3118), is part of the #EndtheBacklog campaign to require that rape kits are tested promptly.
  • AB 3118 (Chiu), requires all law enforcement agencies, medical facilities, crime laboratories, and any other facilities that receive, maintain, story, or preserve sexual assault evidence kits to conduct an audit of all sexual assault evidence kits in their possession.
  • SB 918 (Wiener), creates an Office of Homeless Youth to set goals and map progress toward ending youth homelessness while directing $60 million in funding to address the alarming and growing rate of youth homelessness in California.
  • SB 1421 (Skinner), will help make sure that police are held accountable to the people, and that oversight concerning police misconduct is transparent.

Legislation we successfully opposed, which appear to have failed for the year:

  • AB 2389 (Harper), would have allowed California colleges to use taxpayer money for athletic and academic trips to banned states with laws deemed discriminatory toward LGBT people.

Governor Brown signed AB 2243 (Friedman) on June 13. This important bill protects sex workers from prosecution when coming forward as a witness to violent crimes. AB 2243 bars evidence of criminal liability for prostitution if the sex worker engaged in the act is a victim or witness to a violent felony. We applaud Assemblymember Friedman for authoring this important bill and for continuing to be an advocate for people from all walks of life.

We want to thank you all 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.

We invite your help in advocating for these bills and encourage you to write your elected officials and urge them for their support!

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