Governor Brown has wrapped up this year’s 30-day marathon signing and vetoing season, taking action on more than 800 bills sent to his desk by the legislature. While our Legislation Tracker
is always up to date with the latest status, we thought you’d appreciate a short narrative round up of the year.
Governor Brown signed Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez’s bill aimed at significantly improving voter access and turnout. AB 1461
, backed also by Secretary of State Alex Padilla, creates the “California New Motor Voter Program” which will cause new drivers or identification card holders to be automatically registered to vote. This exciting development is completely aligned with CalNonprofits’ Vote with Your Mission
initiative. No excuses, people – your next visit to the DMV = your commitment to exercising your right to vote!
CalNonprofits backed three important bills aimed at reducing income equality through a variety of mechanisms ranging from Assemblymember Mark Stone’s effort to create a meaningful earned income tax credit (AB 43
) to Senator Mark Leno’s high-profile legislation to increase the minimum wage statewide (SB 3
) and Senator Loni Hancock’s constitutional measure aimed at reforming Prop 13’s least fair provisions (SCA 5
). CalNonprofits –joined by large coalitions including labor unions, local governments, anti-poverty advocacy organizations and others – submitted written support letters and appeared in policy committee hearings for each of these important bills, but we regret that all three will be efforts that stretch into 2016. We are pleased that the adopted budget took up the EITC idea, green-lighting $380 million in benefits to 2 million low-income Californians. These bills were among the heaviest lifts at the state legislature this year and will require as much engagement in the coming year. While the legislature is recessed, CalNonprofits will continue to advocate on behalf of the nonprofit community in local minimum wage efforts, like those currently underway in Sacramento.