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January 17, 2020 News, Public Policy Insights

Governor Releases Initial Budget

Late last week, Governor Gavin Newsom released his budget proposal for the 2020 – 2021 fiscal year.

It reaches into virtually every advocacy area tracked by the California Catholic Conference (CCC) including new financial commitments for housing and homelessness, early childhood education, public safety, and immigration services.

The budget proposal:

January 10, 2020 News, Public Policy Insights

Strengthen Parents’ Rights to Supervise Children’s Sexual Health Education

This legislative session, Catholics have an opportunity to strengthen the parental rights and engagement of the sexual health education of children.

The Transparency and Accountability of Youth Instructional Materials Act, (Morell – R,  Rancho Cucamonga) would enable greater parental rights, responsibilities, and supervision of the sexual health and HIV education in all grades by requiring districts to place such content and material online for easy review. 

December 6, 2019 News, Public Policy Insights

Bishop Rojas Named San Bernardino Coadjutor

Pope Francis has named Bishop Alberto Rojas as Coadjutor Bishop of San Bernardino.

Bishop Rojas, 54, will work alongside Bishop Gerald Barnes until his retirement on his 75th birthday, as required by Church law. Bishop Barnes has overseen the diocese for 24 years.

Bishop Rojas, who was born and raised in Aguascalientes, Mexico, has served as an auxiliary bishop of Chicago since 2011.

November 15, 2019 News, Public Policy Insights

Feds to Execute Four Death Row Inmates in Next Two Months

The U.S. government is scheduled to execute four death row inmates within a six-week period starting December 9.

The number of death row inmates scheduled is in stark contrast to the mere three executions that have taken place by the federal government since the death penalty was restored in 1988. All executions will take place at the federal facility in Terre Haute, Indiana.

November 1, 2019 News, Public Policy Insights

Prayers and Assistance for California Wildfires

California is once again fighting devastating wildfires in the northern and southern parts of the state, forcing hundreds of thousands to evacuate and leaving millions more without power in an effort to prevent any additional fires.

October 18, 2019 News, Public Policy Insights

Governor Seals Fate of Several Key Bills

The Governor’s deadline to sign any bills presented to him by the Legislature this year officially ended at midnight last Sunday.

While we are disappointed to report that the Governor signed some bills that will have detrimental consequences – such as SB 24 that will now allow for taxpayer-funded chemical abortions on public college campuses – the CCC is also celebrating some victories that will prove integral in the lives of many Californians.

September 27, 2019 News, Public Policy Insights

Governor Newsome Could Sign or Veto These Bills at Any Time - Act Now on These Alerts

Governor Newsom is now one week into his signing period.  He has until midnight on October 12 to act on several important bills that could have far-reaching effects on Californians. 

September 20, 2019 News, Public Policy Insights

California Catholic Conference Urges Veto of Bill Requiring Abortion Medication at Student Health Centers

The end of session saw the passage of SB 24 (Levya, D-Chino), the bill that would require all UC and CSU campus health care clinics to make abortion medication available to students by state-paid campus staff. The Governor still has to sign the bill before it becomes law.

September 13, 2019 Public Policy Insights, Publications

More Help for College Students Who Choose Life

Governor Newsom has signed into law a bill aimed at providing help to single parents in college as they balance classwork and parenting.  One of our Catholic Advocacy Day bill, the Conference has been working diligently on the passage of AB 809 for the entire session.

September 6, 2019 Public Policy Insights, Publications

California Legislators Debate the Fate of Hundreds of Measures

The California Legislative Session will officially end at midnight on September 13 and bills are moving at a frantic pace in the Capitol Building as lawmakers hurry to get their bills passed before the deadline.

Numerous bills that the CCC has been tracking have made major moves. Some have fast-tracked their way to the floors of the chambers while others have now become two-year bills.