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Bill

Summary

Sponsor(s)

CAFB
Position

 

Status

 

 

 

 

 

 

SB 61 (Hertzberg)

Emergency Food for Families Fund               (tax check-off)

California Association of Food Banks

SPONSOR

 

Senate Gov. & Finance 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB 1219

(Talamantes-Eggman)

Good Samaritan Food Donation Act    Factsheet

California Association of Food Banks & 

SPONSOR

 

Asm. Judiciary
           
AB 607  (Gloria) Public Social Services: Disaster Assistance would protect against increased hunger and hardship of low-income families, people with disabilities and elderly Californians during a disaster. Factsheet  WCLPCalifornia Association of Food Banks &  San Diego Food Bank SPONSOR   Asm. Human Services
           

AB 323  (Burman)

CalFresh: Emergency Food Providers Referrals bill would require county welfare departments to a list of emergency food providers to make available upon request.  

 

SUPPORT

 

Asm. Human Services

           

AB 160  (Stone)

 

CalWORKs Earned Income Disregard bill would improve the work support benefit

WCLPCoalition of California Welfare Rights Organizations

SUPPORT

 

Asm. Approps

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB 164 (Arrambula)

California Leads to Meet Food Needs bill would authorize CDSS to issue state-funded CalFresh benefits if federal assistance is insufficient or unavailable

California Food Policy Advocates 

SUPPORT

 

Asm. Human Services

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB 167 (Lackey)

CalFresh Semiannual Reporting bill would require DCHSA to use blank semiannual report form as CalWORKs and CalFresh eligibility 

 

MONITOR

 

Asm. Approps

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB 214 (Weber)

Post Secondary Education: Student Hunger bill would make available CalFresh Restaurant Meal Program on college campuses 

WCLPYoung Invincibles & California State Student Association

SUPPORT

 

Asm. Higher Ed

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB 227 (Mayes)

CalWORKs: Education Incentives bill would establish a grant supplement for CalWORKs recipients who achieve educational benchmarks

WCLP & Coalition of California Welfare Rights Organizations

SUPPORT

 

Asm. Human Services

           

AB 274 (Garcia)

Sales and Tax bill, would provide various exemptions from sales tax including food products for human consumption. Would also enact legislation that defines the term "snack food"   MONITOR   Introduced
           
AB 305 (Arambula) School Accountability Reportcard: Drinking Water Access would require an assessment of campus drinking water facilities and public transmitting of data to be included in the emended Classroom Instructional Improvement and Accountability Act.    MONITOR    Asm. ED Committee 
           
AB 563 (Arambula) CalFresh Employment and Training would authorize SSD to prioritize the distribution of programmatic funding in areas of high unemployment, appropriate funding in the annual budget and establish the Center for CalFresh Employment and Training Excellence with the goal of creating access to high quality E&T opportunities for CalFresh clients.    SUPPORT   Asm. Human Services 
           
           
AB 577 (Caballero) Disadvantaged Communities bill would redefine a "disadvantaged community" as a community with an annual per capita income less than 80%--instead of the current measure of annual median household income.   SUPPORT   Referred to Committee of ES and TM
           
AB 625 (Quirk-Silva) would require CDSS to submit a waiver request to the USDA to permit a nonminor dependent residing in a supervised independent living placement to be eligible for the maximum CalFresh benefit without regard to income or resources.   SUPPORT    Asm. Human Services
           
AB 626 (Garcia) California Retail Code: Homemade Food Operation bill would begin examination of current restrictions on cottage food operations in order to clarify, authorize and regulate homemade food operations.    MONITOR   Introduced
           
AB 796 (Kalra) SSI/SSP COLA bill would reinstate the cost-of-living adjustment Jan 1 2018.   SUPPORT   Asm. Human Services
           
AB 954  (Chiu) Organic Waste: Reduction--Food Labels would require analysis of analysis of organic waster reduction targets, the adoption of uniform food labels in order to address common misinterpretation of date and expiration labels.   MONITOR   Introduced 
           
AB 1039 (Quirk-Silva) ...   SUPPORT    Asm. Human Services
           
AB 1251 (Allen) License Plates bill would make a technical, nonsubstantive change to the provision establishing a specialized license plate program.   MONITOR   Introduced
           
AB 1451 (McCarty) CalFood Program: spot bill   MONITOR   Introduced
           
AB 1676 (Maienschein) CalFresh: spot bill   MONITOR   Introduced
           

SB 138 (McGuire)

Feed the Kids Act bill would expand access to school meals by requiring the state and school districts to utilize Medi-Cal Direct Certification to enroll students in the federal school meal program

California Food Policy Advocates 

SUPPORT

 

Senate Ed.

           

SB 140  (Allen)

Income Tax Credit: Food Bank Donations:sunset extension to 2024   SUPPORT   Senate Gov. & Finance
           

SB 167

(Skinner)

...

WCLPRoot & Rebound, CWDA & Ella Baker Center

SUPPORT

 

Senate Human Services 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SB 250 (Hertzberg)

The Child Hunger Prevention and Fair Treatment Act would ensure that a student whose parent/guardian has an unpaid school meal balance isn't singled out. 

 

SUPPORT

 

Senate Ed.

           
SB 278 (Wiener) CalFresh Overissuance bill would require California DSS to establish a minimum cost-effective overissuance threshold.    SUPPORT   Senate Human Services
           
SB 282 (Wiener)

Reducing Hunger Among Vulnerable Californians Act would do many things, including requiring the State Department of Social Services to:

provide clear Restaurant Meal Program participation and enrollment guidance,

to program the EBT system allowing RMP recipients to use their EBT card at all participating restaurants,

to seek a federal waiver that would allow 50% federal reimbursement for eligible CalFresh E&T activities to provide a wage subsidy for ABAWD participants in counties that do not participate in the ABAWD time limit waiver.

to include a provision in the request allowing participants in the subsidized employment program to remain eligible for CalFresh benefits for up to 6.

  SUPPORT   Senate Human Services
           
SB 300 (Monning) Sugar Sweetened Beverage Health Warning Act would prohibit a person from distributing or offering for sale a sugar-sweetened beverage, in a sealed beverage container or a multipack, in the state unless it bears a health warning as prescribed.    MONITOR   Senate Health hearing 4/19
           
SB 557 (Hernandez) Food Donations: Schools bill would exempt from prohibition food that is a public school cafeteria donated to a food bank or other nonprofit charitable organization, as defined, for distribution to persons free of charge that fits specified criteria.    MONITOR   Senate Committees on Health and Ed.
           
SB 717 (Stern) Food Choice bill would enact legislation to develop and implement policy to improve access to more equitable, sustainable and healthier food choices for all Californians.    MONITOR   Senate Committee on Rules
           
SB 778 (Hertzberg) Safe Drinking Water bill would impose a charge for the purpose of assisting the state in providing safe drinking water to the residents of California   MONITOR   Senate Committee on Rules
           

 

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