2014 Legislative Advocacy
As a service to our member programs, we want to share the following information about California bills in this session. Please feel free to share this information with your staff.
If you would like to set up an alert on any of these bills, go to http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/bilinfo.html, search for the bill, then click subscribe. You will get occasional updates when the bill's status has changed. If you or your staff would like to write a letter of support or opposition to your legislator, you can search for the legislator contact information here: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/. LAAC gets a lot of our information from Around the Capitol. We highly recommend you check out the site and their daily newsletter, the Nooner, if you want to follow Sacramento politics.
If you work at an LSC-funded program, as a reminder, staff is prohibited from speaking with legislators without a specific invitation to comment from that legislator. Many legislators have requested comments from LSC-funded programs, and LAAC tracks all legislator letters requesting information--to the best of LAAC's knowledge. If you have any questions, please contact Salena Copeland, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Update 9/25/2013: This bill passed the Assembly and passed the Senate Judiciary Committee, but failed passage in the Senate. Senator Evans requested it be moved to the inactive file. The request was granted.
This bill would prohibit the issuance of an earnings withholding order for purposes of collecting debt on a student loan that is not made, insured, or guaranteed by the United States Government pursuant to the Federal Family Education Loan Program or the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program. Fact Sheet LAAC's letter Template Letter for you to use Analysis
Update: Bill failed in committee April 17, 2013, reconsideration granted for next year.
This bill could significantly curb the payday lending that occurs in California. There is an existing coalition supporting the bill. For updates, or to sign your organization on as a supporter, please go to coalition-against-pay-day-predators.org/.
The LAAC Advocacy Committee will soon meet to decide whether to take a position on the following bills. Until then, we are watching them and tracking their progress. We have posted fact sheets and other resources if we have access to them.
Update: Bill failed in committee April 9, 2013, reconsideration granted for next year.
This bill would allow a court to use electronic recording equipment in a family law case if an official reporter or an official reporter pro tempore is unavailable. Fact Sheet
None at this time.
LAAC is not taking a position on the following bills
LAAC's Advocacy Policy often guides the Advocacy Committee to not take an official position on a bill, even when we as an organization support or oppose a bill based on our work. We include information on these bills below, but there are none at this time.
Center for Elder Abuse and Neglect at the University of California, Irvine published an issue brief on elder abuse and related legislation.
Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law will have updates for California and Federal laws.