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November 17, 2017 News, Public Policy Insights

First ‘Alta-Baja’ Bishops Meeting Connects U.S. and Mexico

Three archbishops and nine bishops representing at least 13 million Catholics from Sacramento to Ensenada have resurrected their “Alta-Baja” friendship, paving the way to potentially working together in the future.

October 29, 2017 News, Public Policy Insights

Significant Victory in Governor’s Veto of AB 569

The last moment for Governor Jerry Brown to sign or veto bills was Sunday, October 15, at midnight and he waited to the very end to act on several bills the California Catholic Conference tracked this past Legislative Session.

October 13, 2017 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Wildfires Rampage through California

Wildfires throughout California have delivered total and utter devastation this week, burning thousands of structures and taking more than 20 lives.

September 29, 2017 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Alert Governor Brown Now

Governor Brown is in the process of signing and vetoing bills before his October 15 deadline and could take action on any bill at any time.

Governor Brown has yet to take action on several bills that the California Catholic Conference is tracking, and it’s vital that he hears from you before he signs another bill with devastating consequences. In the same vein, there are several bills that would do tremendous good for children, California’s future and helping to curb human trafficking.

Two of the most important bills are:

September 22, 2017 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Critical Bills Await Governor’s Signature or Veto

September 15, 2017 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Legislative Session Ends Today

The first year of California’s two year legislative session ends today and lawmakers are frantically trying to usher bills through the legislature before today’s legislative deadline and they head back to their districts where they will remain through December.

As of publication time, the fate of many bills hang in the balance. Those that don’t get the nod of approval are either abandoned or temporarily shelved until the next session starts in January.

September 8, 2017 Public Policy Insights, Publications

California Catholic Bishops Urge Immigration Reform for DACA Youth and Their Families

The Catholic Bishops of California released the following statement in response to the Trump Administration’s announcement on Tuesday that it is terminating the DACA Program in 6 months. (Click here for a list of links to statements by bishops throughout the country.)

August 25, 2017 News, Public Policy Insights

Inventing "Problems" to Protect Abortion and Reproductive Rights

In the ceaseless crusade to eliminate any conceivable barrier to abortion and reproductive rights and make life difficult for religious employers, the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (NARAL) is inventing “problems” that need “solutions.”

The latest is AB 569 by Assembly Member Lorena Gonzales Fletcher (D-San Diego) which imagines a widespread threat to reproductive rights despite the fact that they cite only one such case in California – and that was back in 2012.

August 11, 2017 News, Public Policy Insights

Promoting Environmental Stewardship in California

Pope Francis, with the publication of Laudato Si and on many other occasions, has told us that: “On climate change, there is a clear, definitive and ineluctable ethical imperative to act.”

July 21, 2017 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Legislature Recesses for Summer After Active Week

The Legislature has officially recessed for the summer this week, but not before moving on a key piece of environmental legislation.

On Monday, lawmakers gave a bi-partisan nod of approval to AB 398 (Garcia, D-Coachella), the extension of the state’s cap-and-trade program through the year 2030. The program aims to slash emissions by requiring entities to purchase permits to release greenhouse gases. The program’s renewal was a key priority for Governor Brown.

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