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May 15, 2015 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Lawmakers Hear from Catholic Advocates on Life and Dignity Issues

After becoming familiar with the issues and hearing last minute updates on legislative maneuverings, Catholics from around California spread out into the halls of the Capitol to bring a message of life and dignity to lawmakers.

May 8, 2015 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Action Continues on Catholic Advocacy Day Bills

Catholic Advocacy Day legislation is moving right along through the Capitol.  All bills have already cleared their policy committee(s) and are now in the Appropriations Committee.   If the funds are available for the specific program(s) then a bill will move to the floor of its house of origin to be debated and voted on by members of that house. Then it will go through the process all over again in the other house. 

May 1, 2015 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Catholic Advocacy Day Delegates Shine

Nearly 150 delegates from dioceses around California traveled to Sacramento this week for the 2015 Catholic Advocacy Day.

They met with various members and voiced their opposition to SB 128 (Physician Assisted Suicide) and AB 775 (Reproductive FACT Act). They also discussed their support for SB 3 (Minimum Wage) and SB 124 (Juvenile Solitary Confinement).  (See the background sheets here.)  

April 24, 2015 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Catholic Advocacy Day: Action Alerts and Updates

Catholic Advocacy Day is Tuesday and you can take part in this united effort to promote life and dignity in the Golden State by participating in Virtual Advocacy Day.   Click here to send an email to your State Senator and Assembly Member saying you support the message of your fellow Catholics visiting the halls of the Capitol on Tuesday.

April 17, 2015 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Controversial Legislation Brings Thousands to Halls of the Capitol

It is a busy time in the state legislature.  Many bills are being considered that ignite the electorate.  Rallies on the Capitol steps and crowds adorned with matching t-shirts have descended upon the city. 

The controversial issues of physician-assisted suicide, undermining pro-life pregnancy centers and mandatory vaccines are three bills among those drawing the greatest opposition.

April 10, 2015 Public Policy Insights, Publications

SB 128 Passes Committee, But List of Disability Rights Groups Opposing Grows

The controversial physician-assisted suicide bill (SB128) passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.  The development was widely anticipated since four co-authors of the dangerous legislation serve on the seven-member panel.  (See who has voted for or against the bill so far.)  The bill now moves to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

March 27, 2015 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Emotional Testimony, Not Facts, Propels Passage of Assisted Suicide Bill in Senate Committee

On March 25, in a packed hearing room at the state Capitol, the Senate Health Committee voted 6 to 2 in favor of SB 128, California’s doctor-prescribed suicide bill. Democrats voted in favor, with the two Republicans opposed. Senator Richard Pan, a Democrat from Sacramento and a physician, abstained. 

March 20, 2015 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Maximum Family Grant Placing Subtle Pressure on Poor Women

Masked in political rhetoric, the image of the “welfare mom” pulses with stereotype.  These stereotypes persisted even after the start of federal caps for assistance that were written into law when “welfare as we know it” was reformed in the 1990’s.

There are currently 15 states in the U.S. including California, that have maintained “family caps” - denying additional benefits to families who have more children and who have received aid in the previous 10 months prior to the child’s birth. 

March 13, 2015 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Addressing “Income Inequality” – How to Help the Poor and Reward Employment

A phrase increasingly used to describe the financial difficulties of lower- and middle-income Americans is “income inequality.” 

March 6, 2015 Public Policy Insights, Publications

2015 Legislative Preview

A flood of bills hit the California Legislature as the deadline for submission of new legislation arrived last week.  Lawmakers will now start hearings on more than 2,400 bills introduced in the first year of its two-year session.