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May 10, 2016 Because We Are Catholic, Publications

The phone always seemed to ring in the middle of night. “Can you take just one more? It will just be for one night.” The answer was always yes then cookies and milk was set out.

The children were often petrified when they arrived at the door.  But a loving smile, a nice bed, clean pajamas and a bedtime story calmed their fears.

May 6, 2016 Public Policy Insights, Publications

May Revise Expected Next Week

The May Revise is an update to Gov. Brown’s January budget proposal that incorporates actual revenue and expense data from the first months of 2016. It is expected late next week.

The California Catholic Conference is hoping that some items we are watching will be addressed in this revise.  If not, we will work to have them included in the final legislative budget to be passed by June 30.

April 29, 2016 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Busy Weeks at the Capitol

For the past few weeks, committees in the California Legislature were furiously working through hundreds of fiscally-related bills to meet their April 22 legislative deadline.  Non-fiscal bills have until May 6 to pass out of their respective policy committees.

If state funds are available or approved 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. 

April 22, 2016 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Catholics Advocating for Life and Dignity Issues

Tuesday morning started very early for some dedicated advocates.  Traveling from all over the state to Sacramento, almost every diocese in California was represented at the Capitol for the annual Catholic Advocacy Day.

April 15, 2016 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Restorative Justice and Public Safety    

At 20 years old, Jerry Elster was a gang member in Los Angeles. Defiant and angry at a system that he viewed as against him from birth, his attachment to his community was non-existent.

“It was not difficult for me, at that age, to wrap myself in a cloak of resentment and bitterness,” said Elster. Having no ties to his own community, gang life attracted Elster and eventually he ended up killing  a rival gang member.

April 12, 2016 Because We Are Catholic, Publications

National Crime Victims' Week - Helping Victims Heal

Jennifer Balber was only working for Southern California Gas Company for a few months. She had just returned to school and started working two jobs to help finance her education. Living back at home with her mom, she was hopeful about her future despite a recent health setback. Ever the optimist, Jen’s sunny disposition always put others at ease.

April 8, 2016 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Advocates Call on Lawmakers to Promote Life & Dignity

On April 19 more than a hundred Catholic delegates from Dioceses around the state will gather at the Capitol to advocate for a variety of bills that promote life, support families and better their communities. The annual event will highlight specific bills that include:  tax relief for teachers and lower income families, protecting children who are victims of human trafficking, sentencing reform and strong opposition to the state furthering physician-assisted suicide.

April 1, 2016 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Taxpayers Asked to Pay for Assisted-Suicide Drugs

Without fanfare or announcement, Governor Brown’s proposed 2016 Budget recommends $2.3 million dollars for the purchase of lethal drugs for Medi-Cal patients as a covered benefit for those who want their physician to help them commit suicide.

March 18, 2016 Public Policy Insights, Publications

New Assembly Leadership – What Does It Mean for Advocates?

A criminal justice professor who also led an association devoted to conservation, Anthony Rendon has been sworn in as the 70th Speaker of the California Assembly.  Speaker Rendon represents the 63rd Assembly District, situated southeast of downtown Los Angeles.  He now joins fellow Angelino, Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, in directing the course of the California Legislature.

March 11, 2016 Public Policy Insights, Publications

2016 Legislative Preview

The deadline for submission of new legislation arrived on Feb. 19 and the Capitol was inundated with new bills.  Hearings will start soon on more than 2,100 bills introduced this year.