“...Let us consider this: we are all immigrants on the journey of life, none of us has a fixed abode in this land, we all must go.” – Pope Francis (03/21/2015)
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.
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.
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.
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:
Critical Bills Await Governor’s Signature or Veto
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.
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.)
Years before Pope Francis wrote about care for our common home in his encyclical, Laudato Si, the Diocese of Stockton was already practicing its own kind of environmental stewardship. Created in 2005, the Environmental Justice Project at Catholic Charities, Diocese of Stockton, has been tirelessly working for more than 10 years to help steward God’s creation.
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.