2017 Budget & Policy



The Legislative Women's Caucus again continued its promise to child care in the budget that has been championed by the caucus for more than a decade.  A decade that has made drastic, long-lasting cuts to a system that has been chronically underfunded and underappreciated.


Read May Revision Letter to Governor Brown here.

Read our letter to Governor Brown here.










Fair Pay and Job Opportunity

AB 168 (Eggman): Prohibits an employer from seeking salary history information about an applicant for employment.

Access to Childcare

AB 273 (Aguiar-Curry): Clarifies that English as a Second Language (ESL) and High School Equivalency (HSE) educational programs meet criteria for establishing eligibility for subsidized child care programs.

Family-Friendly Workplaces

SB 63 (Jackson): The New Parent Leave Act provides up to 12 weeks of job-protected maternity and paternity leave for more California employeees.

Protecting Vulnerable Communities

SB 500 (Leyva): Allows law enforcement and prosecutors to pursue perpetrators that use the threat of distribution of private and sexually explicit images to demand sex, additional sexually explicit images, or money.

AB 480 (Gonzalez-Fletcher): Amends the Welfare and Institutions Code to clarify that diapers for infants and toddlers are a reimbursable ancillary expense under existing law for CalWORKs participants with young children in the Welfare to Work program.

AB 1312 (Gonzalez-Fletcher): Ensures that rape kits are not destroyed prematurely, that survivors of sexual assault are aware of their rights and the resources available to them, and codifies important additional rights for survivors such as free post-assault contraception.

AB 1386 (Waldron): Launches a breast and ovarian cancer screening and awareness pilot program to promote and encourage genetic testing screening when indicated by the United States Preventative Services Task Force and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.