Current Legislative Advocacy

LAAC watches the California legislature for bills that may impact legal aid or your clients. Sometimes we take a position on a bill and other times we just watch bills closely (especially those sponsored by our members!) so that we can provide our community with updates.

As a service to our member programs, we want to share the following information about California bills in this session.

If you want help or have questions about how you can engage in legislative advocacy, we are happy to help! Email LAAC’s Directing Attorney Lorin Kline at

If you are interested in legislative advocacy pertaining to student loans please visit LAAC Student Loan Advocacy.

For 2019’s Legal Aid Day in Sacramento, we met with nearly 40 legislators! Check out more information on Day in Sacramento here.

LAAC supported bills:

Other bills to watch:

If you work at an LSC-funded program, as a reminder, staff is prohibited from lobbying a legislator 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

Other Resources

LAAC recommends resources from the following organizations and agencies.

Find out about current and relevant California legislation is the California Association of Nonprofits’ legislation tracker.

California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform CANHR has updates in its e-newsletter and on its website.

Center for Elder Abuse and Neglect at the University of California, Irvine published an issue brief on elder abuse and related legislation.

California Partnership to End Domestic Violence CPEDV tracks California legislation on its website and offers fact sheets and its position on bills.

Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law has updates for both California and federal bills.

Disability Rights California has legislative recommendations on issues affecting people with disabilities.

Judicial Branch of California, Office of Governmental Affairs, has updates on court-related legislation.

Western Center on Law and Poverty Western Center’s legislative blog has great resources and updates on both California and federal legislation.