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August 24, 2018 Public Policy Insights, Publications

A Bridge to Redemption: Pilot program aims to help parolees re-enter society

After 30 years behind bars, Doris Frey stood at the threshold of freedom and hesitated. Life on the outside was now a life unknown.

“They opened the gate and I just stood there…What’s waiting for me out there?” recalls Frey.

August 17, 2018 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Back to School: What you need to know about CA’s Healthy Youth Act

The school year has either already begun or is about to start for families everywhere, and after the backpacks and lunches are packed and children are settled into their desks, parents of public school students should take time to review California’s sexual health education law, which could impact how their child is educated regarding transgender youth.

August 10, 2018 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Detainees in ICE Facility Hunger for Encounter with Christ

“Who are we,” asked one detainee, “that the Church should visit us?”

That sentiment – one of humbleness and a longing for the Sacraments and fellowship – characterized a pastoral visit by seven California Bishops and others to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facility in Adelanto, CA, last week.

June 29, 2018 Public Policy Insights, Publications

U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Pregnancy Centers

This week, faith-based pregnancy centers celebrated a victory when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that a California law requiring the clinics to inform patients about abortion violates the First Amendment.

The law, called the “California Reproductive Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care and Transparency Act” (“FACT Act”), singled out crisis pregnancy centers and required them to post signs and provide information about the availability of abortion services.   

June 22, 2018 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Search for “Better Way” during Border Chaos

The Trump Administration, after days of saying it had no choice, reversed its policy of forcefully separating families at the border.   Massive public outrage, accompanied by the voices of religious leaders and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, forced the President on Wednesday to alter his policy even though significant questions about what happens now remain unanswered.

June 15, 2018 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Governor and Lawmakers Move 2018-2019 Budget Forward

Governor Brown and Democratic legislative leaders have agreed on significant items in a $190 billion dollar budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. 

Lawmakers voted to approve the budget bill late Thursday, which will now go to the Governor who has until June 30 to sign. Though it is largely approved, the Governor still has the authority to reduce or eliminate any appropriation contained in the budget. 

June 1, 2018 Public Policy Insights, Publications

CA Appellate Court Upholds Ruling Against Physician-Assisted Suicide

An appellate court’s judge ruling released last week means that physician-assisted suicide will remain illegal in California at least until an upcoming hearing by the fourth appellate court at the end of June.

May 18, 2018 Public Policy Insights, Publications

End-of-Life Option Act Unconstitutional

The following statement is from Edward ‘Ned” Dolejsi, executive director of the California Catholic Conference, on the ruling by a Riverside Superior Court judge that the End-of-Life Options Act is unconstitutional:

May 11, 2018 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Analysis of Propositions on June 2018 Ballot Released

In 1911, in an effort to wrestle control of the legislature away from the railroads, California was one of the first states to introduce the initiative process. 

Allowing citizens to place policy directly on the ballot with an initiative is an “experiment” in direct democracy that the citizens of the Golden State still seem to hold dear.

May 4, 2018 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Bishops Call for Elimination of Stigma and Closer Ties between Faith and Medicine

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and the California Catholic Conference of Bishops used the opportunity to release an extended pastoral letter on the culture of mental health and the critical need to attend to those who suffer.