Legislative Package

All bills endorsed and supported by the CLBC meet the objective of the caucus: Social, Economic, and Educational Justice.

Priority Bills

AB-1488: County Juvenile Transition Centers (Amended Aug. 28, 2017)

Assembly Member Tony Thurmond

AB 1488 would require, upon appropriation, counties to establish a Juvenile Transition Center that would provide wraparound reentry services and optional transitional housing for youth who were previously associated with a juvenile correctional facility. This bill is necessary in order for juveniles in the community to receive services, in a safe and supportive environment.

Since 1980, California has built 22 new state prisons and just 1 new university. Furthermore, California spends $10,291 per K-12 student and a staggering $62,300 per prison inmate. The California Board of State and Community Corrections has 56 juvenile camp facilities and the Division of Juvenile Justice has 4 such facilities. This begs the question, "What are we doing to invest in education, rather than incarceration?" 

The transition center will provide critical services related to: education, work training, health and mental health services, family and social services and legal services. The JTC would be created in coordination with stakeholders, including community partners and the detained youth in addition to other experts who have knowledge in the area. This centralized community approach would ensure opportunities for the youth, whether pursuing higher education or gaining expertise in a trade, but most importantly reducing recidivism. Furthermore, a JTC will follow a residential model, providing temporary transitional housing to youth who voluntarily request it. All too often, youth leave juvenile detention and find their selves without a stable housing option leading to high rates of recidivism. Although existing programs seek to help meet the needs of affected youth, the reality of recidivism is all too real.


AB-1520: Lifting Children and Families Out of Poverty Act of 2017

Assembly Member Autumn Burke

Assembly Bill 1520, Lifting Children and Families Out of Poverty Act, commits the Legislature to a goal of reducing child poverty by 50 percent by 2037 and provides a framework of scientifically proven solutions to achieve it.

California has the highest rate of child poverty in the nation according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Supplemental Poverty Measure as a result of the high cost of living in our state. Expert analysis concludes that investing in programs that prove to significantly reduce child poverty will: save taxpayers money in healthcare and social services, reduce overcrowded jails and prisons, decrease child abuse, and cut the number of children living in poverty by 50%.

AB 1520 proposes expenditures on a diversity of proven-to-be effective safety net programs that will impact fair pay and job opportunities, provide access to childcare, support family-friendly workplaces and protect vulnerable communities. The areas and programs for investing in the reduction of child poverty include, but are not limited to:

  • Child care and early childhood education
  • Home visiting programs
  • After school and summer school programs
  • Work force development
  • Medi-Cal expansion
  • Affordable housing
  • EITC expansion
  • CalWORKS increases
  • Investment in Promise Zones

Budget Priorities

Sickle Cell Treatment Centers - $80 Million (One Time)
Monies would create four sickle cell treatment centers providing resources and training for health care providers serving those with Sickle Cell Disease as well as the formulation of best practice guidelines.

Peace Officer Standard and Training (POST) Commission - $3 Million (One Time)
Would provide training to officers on pedestrian and traffic stops pursuant to the Racial and Identity Profiling Act of 2015 (Weber) to ensure peace officers have the proper training and resources (software) to effectively carry out the intent of the Act.

Umoja Community Higher Education Program - $2.5 Million (Ongoing)
Umoja actively serves and promotes student success for all students through a curriculum and pedagogy responsive to the legacy of the African and African American Diasporas. Umoja community programs have demonstrated their effectiveness in improving the retention and success of African American students.

CA Department of Education Equity Performance and Improvement Team - $2.5 Million (One Time)
The Equity Performance and Improvement Team will support and build capacity within CDE and local education agencies statewide to promote equity in California’s public schools such as addressing the achievement gap, school discipline, school climate, and bullying that is racially or gender motivated.

Child Death Review Teams - $2Million (Ongoing)
The Child Death Review Team will mandate every county to produce a child death review report at least once every three years. This will help guide counties to enact policies and save the lives of thousands of children, specifically those in black communities. According to the CDDC, while the infant mortality rate for white America is 5.2 infants out of 1,000 births dying before age 1, the infant mortality rate for black America is much higher – 11.5 per 1,000.

Endorsed Bills

  • AB-23 Ridley-Thomas: Girls in STEM
  • AB-43 Thurmond: Tax Private Prisons for Preschool Slots
  • AB-46 Cooper: Wage Discrimination Prohibition 
  • AB-90 Weber: CalGang Database
  • AB-454 Ridley-Thomas: No Taxation on Wrongly Convicted Settlements
  • AB-535 Jones-Sawyer: Restoration of Jury Duty Rights
  • AB-566 Ridley-Thomas: Community Development Investments
  • AB-620 Holden: Trauma Therapy for Parole
  • AB-1008 McCarty: Ban The Box
  • AB-1115 Jones-Sawyer: Court Granted Expungement
  • AB-1299 Gipson: Compton Community College Accreditation
  • AB-1344 Weber: Voting Rights of Previously Convicted Felons
  • AB-1347 Ridley-Thomas: Tax Credits and Supplier Diversity Goals
  • HR-29 Weber: Ethnic Studies
  • SB-163 Bradford: Defining Domiciles for Elected Officials
  • SB-180 Mitchell: Decrease Jail Time for Drug Offenders
  • SB-190 Mitchell: Elimination of Juvenile Offender Fees
  • SB-439 Mitchell: Jurisdiction of Juvenile Court
  • SB-488 Bradford: Insurance Diversity Initiatives