After lawmakers’ March 16 vote to adjourn the legislature in an attempt to “flatten the curve” of COVID-19, the Capitol has been nearly deserted. Only legislative staff are permitted inside.
But this will all change May 4 when legislators return to Sacramento. Some staffers think the return date might be extended as it has once before. No one knows for sure. And no one can say how bills will proceed through the approval process given this new “crisis” reality.
Legislative deadlines over the past five weeks have been missed. Staffers know the 20 to 25 bills their boss introduced this year will not all get a committee hearing. Some anticipate the only proposed legislation getting a hearing will be budget or the coronavirus-related bills. The remaining bills will die or have to be reintroduced next year.
Some of these bills are truly awful. We are working with our state and national allies to oppose these measures and pray they will receive a quiet death.
Below is a summary of some of the “Worst of the Worst.” Be sure to call the bill author’s office and ask that they remove these bills from consideration.
AB 2826 Outlaws boys and girls toy/clothes aisles in big box stores
Author Assemblyman Evan Low (D) San Jose. According to this bill, it would be illegal to display children’s clothing or toy items by sex in stores with more than 500 employees. The author believes separating these items by sex incorrectly implies that their use by one gender is inappropriate. A retail department store violating this law is liable for a $1000 civil penalty.
SB 1004 Forces health insurance companies to hide from parents the “sensitive” services received by their children, like abortions and mental health treatment
Author Senator Hannah Beth Jackson (D) Santa Barbara. This Planned Parenthood sponsored bill requires health insurance companies to hide from parents “sensitive” medical procedures given to their adult and minor children. These “sensitive” services include abortions; sexually transmitted infections treatment; drug abuse and mental health treatment; sexual assault treatment; and for adult children, cross-sex hormones and sex-change operations.
If passed, parents will find themselves obligated to pay for medical bills for their dependents, but they will not know what they are paying for.
AB 2218: LGBT Transgender Wellness Fund: $15 million for sex-change operations and cross-sex hormones
Author Assemblyman Miguel Santiago (D) Los Angeles. This bill establishes the $15 million Transgender Wellness and Equity Fund to provide grants to nonprofits, hospitals, health care clinics, and other medical providers that provide puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones for minors, as well as cross-sex hormones and “sex-change” operations for adults. All these drugs and procedures sterilize the recipient and permanently damage healthy body parts.
AB 1973 Eliminates co-pays and deductibles for abortion for those with public or private health insurance
Author Assemblywoman Sydney Kamlager (D) Los Angeles. This Planned Parenthood sponsored bill would prohibit Medi-Cal, a health care service plan, or an individual or group policy of disability insurance from imposing a deductible, coinsurance, copayment, or any other cost-sharing requirement on coverage for abortions.
AB 2035: Requires social workers to inform foster youth 10 yrs+ of rights to secret abortions and birth control
Author Assemblywoman Blanca Rubio (D) San Gabriel Valley. This bill mandates foster children, starting in fifth grade, are told of their rights to receive free birth control and abortions without the approval or knowledge of their foster parents. It specifically would require county social workers to verify to the court that they have informed foster care children over 10 years of age of these rights and where to get these services. The bill also requires foster families to receive annual training explaining these rights for foster care children.
The above comes from an April 27 story on PressCalifornia.