The California legislature is set to return to the state Capitol from summer recess next Monday to make final decisions on 17 bills threatening the unborn, parental rights, freedom of speech and religion, and encourage racism, drug abuse, sex trafficking, and assisted suicide.
Earlier in the year, the legislature killed bills promoting religious liberty and providing sex education transparency, and pushed off until next year a bill to protect children from sex abusers.
Most of the 17 bills California Family Council is opposing made it through the legislative house they were introduced in, cleared the policy committee of the second house, and now sit in the Appropriation Committees of the Senate and the Assembly.
Once legislators return to the Capitol on August 16, these bills have to make it to the legislative floor for a vote and then to the governor’s desk by the end of the session on September 10th or they are dead for the year.
Here are a few summaries of some of the legislation:
AB 1184: Requires insurance companies to keep secrets from parents: This Planned Parenthood sponsored bill will force health insurance companies to hide from parents “sensitive” medical procedures given to their adult and minor children. These “sensitive” services include abortion, sexual assault treatment, drug abuse and mental health treatment, and cross-sex hormones and sex-change operations. The bill prevents parents from finding out from an insurance statement who is providing their child medical services and what those services entail.
SB 357: Legalizes loitering for prostitution: This bill doesn’t legalize prostitution, but gets rid of a law that gives police the ability to deal with prostitution happening out in the open on neighborhood streets. According to Los Angeles Sheriff Alex Villanueva, the “underlying root” of the “loitering with the intent to commit prostitution” law is to “target sex buyers who seek to exploit” women and men. This law will harm police efforts to prevent sex trafficking from happening out in the open on any neighborhood street.
SB 380: Removing safeguards from assisted suicide law: California’s assisted suicide law, passed in 2015, had some safeguards added that the bill author, Senator Susan Eggman, now wants to remove. First, the bill’s sunset date of 2025 will be removed after only four years of published annual reports by the California Department of Public Health. The sunset date was put in the original bill to allow the legislature to reevaluate the law’s impact using a decade of data. Second, patients will no longer have to make two oral requests for suicide drugs with a 15-day waiting period between requests as is currently required. That waiting period was reduced to 48 hours. This safeguard was added to make sure patients weren’t making impulsive decisions or being subject to coercion of any kind.
AB 101: Mandatory ethnic studies courses for high school students: This bill will mandate high school students take a course in “ethnic studies” in order to graduate high school. The curriculum is infused with Critical Race Theory meant to create resentment among non-white students, and guilt and shame among white students. Lessons falsely tell students to feel guilty for crimes done by long-dead figures with the same color skin. The curriculum seeks to pit ethnic groups and those with various sexual and gender identities against each other. It also encourages teens to judge people not by the content of their character, but by the racial or sexual identity group they belong to.
AB 338: Replace the statue of Father Junipero Serra with a monument to the California native people of Sacramento. Last year a mob torched and pulled down a statue of Father Junipero Serra, the Catholic canonized saint credited with establishing the mission system in California in the 1700s. Caving to the demands of the mob, this bill would remove a legal requirement to have a statue honoring the Father’s work among the Indians. In its place will be a monument to Native Americans that will highlight the devastating impact the mission period had on them and the role Father Serra had in that devastation.
SB 57: Illegal drug injection sites: This bill would start a pilot program in San Francisco, Oakland, and Los Angeles where centers would be set up so drug addicts can use illicit drugs under medical supervision. The idea is to prevent drug addicts from overdosing, but ignores the effects of enabling the devastating effects of illegal drugs on the body, and the negative effects that illegal drugs have on the well being of the community.
SB 363: Forces Boys State and Girls State to accept “non-binary” teens: This bill requires American Legion, who runs the Boys State conferences, and the American Legion Auxiliary, who runs the Girls State conferences, to only operate their civic engagement program for youth within the Capitol and with public school districts if the programs determine a student’s sex by gender identity and not biology.
The above comes from an August 11th story by Press California.