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January 5, 2018 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Legislation Mandating CA Public Colleges Provide Medical Abortions Returns

A highly controversial bill that would mandate California public colleges provide abortion-inducing medication to students is returning to the Legislature in 2018. 

SB 320 (Leyva, D-Chino) was introduced last year but stalled in the Senate Education Committee.  As the Legislature operates on a two-year session schedule, SB 320 is eligible to be brought up again this year and will be heard in the Senate Education Committee on January 10th at the State Capitol.

December 15, 2017 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Demand Changes to Tax Reform Bill

According to Congress’ own nonpartisan analysis, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act bills recently passed by the House and the Senate raises taxes on the poor and cut taxes on the rich, violating basic principles of justice. Congress has proposed a web of wide-ranging and complex changes to the tax code, yet is approaching the process at a pace that makes it difficult even for experts in the impacted areas to analyze effects. 

December 1, 2017 News, Public Policy Insights

Urge Congress to Enact the Conscience Protection Act

Now is the time to contact your members of Congress and advocate for the protection of life and freedom of conscience. 

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.)

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