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Bill

Summary

Sponsor(s)

CAFB
Position

 

Status

           

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

 

Signed by the Governor!

           

AB 1219

(Talamantes-Eggman)

Good Samaritan Food Donation Act  Factsheet 

 

California Association of Food Banks & Californians Against Waste SPONSOR   Signed by the Governor! 
           

SB 61 (Hertzberg)

Emergency Food for Families Fund  (tax check-off)

California Association of Food Banks

SPONSOR

 

Signed by the Governor!

           

AB 160  (Stone)

 

CalWORKs Earned Income Disregard bill would improve the work support benefit

WCLPCoalition of California Welfare Rights Organizations

SUPPORT

 

Held in 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

 

Held in Senate Apropps 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB 167 (Lackey)

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

 

MONITOR

 

2 Year Bill

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB 214 (Weber)

Post Secondary Education: Student Hunger bill would address college student hunger by defining terms used in the CalFresh program to determine eligibility and clarifying law concerning CalFresh Restaurant Meal Program on College Campuses.

WCLPYoung Invincibles & California State Student Association

SUPPORT

 

Signed by the Governor

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

2 Year Bill

           

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   Asm. Rev. & Tax hearing cancel by author
           
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   Hearing postponed by Asm. Ed Committee
           
AB 323  (Burman) CalFresh: Emergency Food Providers Referrals bill would amend current law that requires a county to provide a written list of emergency food providers to CalFresh applicants who request it by allowing a county to, instead, provide a 211 referral.  WCLP SUPPORT   Signed by the Governor
           
AB 453 (Limón
Would create a Hunger Free Campus program to incentivize the use of food plan donations, CalFresh Outreach and Food Pantries on campus to address college student hunger.
WCLP SUPPORT   Budget Victory in Senate Ed
           
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.  WCLP SUPPORT   Signed by the Governor!
           
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    Held
           
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   Held
           
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   Hearing postponed by Asm. Approps Committee
           
AB 796 (Kalra) SSI/SSP COLA bill would reinstate the cost-of-living adjustment Jan 1 2018. CA4SSI SUPPORT  

Held in Asm. Approps

 

           
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   Senate Approps on suspense
           
AB 1250 (Jones-Sawyer)

The bill’s goal is to stop the privatization of county & city services – an important issue we recognize. In pursing that goal, however, the bill adds severely onerous rules before a county or city could contract with non-profits – in effect it will prohibit these contracts in the future. 

  OPPOSE   Held in Senate Rules- expected to return in 2018
           
AB 1251 (Allen) License Plates bill would make a technical, nonsubstantive change to the provision establishing a specialized license plate program.   MONITOR    Hearing canceled at author's request
           

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

 

Signed by the Governor!
           

SB 140  (Allen)

Income Tax Credit: Food Bank Donations:sunset extension to 2024   SUPPORT   Asm. Approps on suspense
           

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. 

WCLP

SUPPORT

 

Signed by the Governor!

           
SB 278 (Wiener) CalFresh Overissuance bill would require California DSS to establish a minimum cost-effective overissuance threshold.    SUPPORT   Signed by the Governor!
           
SB 282 (Wiener)

Reducing Hunger Among Vulnerable Californians Act would codify the CalFresh Restaurant Meal Program (RMP) for elderly, disabled or homeless recipients in state law. It would also require the Department of Social Services to seek approval for a CalFresh Employment & Training subsidized job program. Finally, it would allow TANF/CalWORKs to serve non-custodial parents with employment and training services. 

WCLP SUPPORT   Signed by the Governor!
           
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   Pulled by Author
           
SB 557 (Hernandez) Food Donations: Schools bill would would allow for food from a school cafeteria that has been untouched or unspoiled can be donated to a food bank or another emergency food provider. WCLP SUPPORT   Signed by the Governor! 
SB 575 (Levya) would require patients to access their health records at no charge to support public benefit eligiblity claims.  WCLP SUPPORT   Signed by the Governor! 
           

SB 708

(Skinner)

would improve access for people leaving prison to CalFresh anti-hunger assistance and to Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
WCLPRoot & ReboundCWDA & Ella Baker Center SUPPORT   2 Year Bill
           
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   Asm. Approps on suspense
           

 

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