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: Sickle Cell Treatment Act

Assembly Member Tony Thurmond

Assembly Bill 1488 provides funding for rational care for those with Sickle Cell Disease. Currently, this underserved group has little resources for their care and as a result, they are forced to use emergency rooms and hospitalization to receive primary care. This is the most expensive and the least effective way to access health care for a chronic illness. The goal of the funding will be coordination of care, increased utilization of resources, and a reduction in the overall cost of care.

Sickle Cell Disease is an inherited chronic disease that primarily affects African Americans (1 in 365 births). In California, there are approximately 7,000 individuals who have sickle cell disease. However, there are between 2 and 6 physicians to care for all the adult sickle cell patients in the State. There is no coordination of care; there are no agreed upon standard of care; and overall, the quality of care for those who no longer qualify for pediatric care, is substandard.

AB 1488:

  • Creates four sickle cell treatment centers within the State providing Best Practice Guidelines to be used by all sickle cell disease health care providers.
  • Increases reimbursement for the care of sickle cell patients commensurate with the complex care needed by grant funded clinics.
  • Provides support services to sickle cell patients providing access to the care centers and assistance in managing the disease.
  • Allows genetic counseling for individuals with the Sickle Cell Disease or trait.
  • Proposes to case find and evaluate care for Sickle Cell Disease patients as a metric to show improvement in care and cost savings to the State.

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