Bills that California’s bishops think are important

California Catholic Conference publishes list, asks Catholics to contact legislators

State Sen. Connie Leyva, D-Chino (left) introduced SB 24: Abortion by medication techniques. (Rich Pedroncelli/The Associated Press file)

The following is from the California Bishops’ website, the California Catholic Conference:

Take Action!

  • Oppose Bill Targeting “Seal of Confession”
    For Catholics, the sanctity of the confessional is unquestionable.  It is central to our constitutional right to the free expression of religion.

  • Support Bill that Recognizes the Rights of Pregnant & Parenting Students
    Current pregnant and parenting students have certain Title IX rights and protections that prevent discrimination in educational programs and activities.  For example, under Title IX, colleges and universities must excuse all pregnancy related absences and allow students to make up any work missed due to pregnancy.

  • Oppose the Bill that Requires Medicated Abortions on Campus
    Last year’s SB 320, which was vetoed, has been reintroduced this legislative session as SB 24 Abortion by medication techniques (Leyva, D-Chino) with minor amendments. SB 24 continues to require the on-campus health centers of public universities in California to offer abortion-inducing drugs like RU-486.

  • Urge Lawmakers to Expand the CalEITC Program
    AB 1593 Earned income credit (Gómez Reyes, D – Grand Terrace) extends eligibility for the existing California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) to some of the most vulnerable working Californians, including those who use an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN).

  • Urge California Lawmakers to Focus on Reducing Child Poverty
    SB 298 Poverty reduction (Caballero, D-Salinas) would establish specific targets to end deep child poverty in four years and reduce child poverty by 50 percent in California by 2039.

  • Urge Lawmakers to Help Prevent Youth Suicide
    Starting this year, to help prevent suicide among our youth, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is being printed on student identification cards for all California public and private school students in grades 7-12, as well on college student I.Ds. 

  • Urge Lawmakers to Focus on Preventing Youth Suicide – No on SB 316
    Starting this year, to help prevent suicide among our youth, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is printed on student identification cards for all California public and private school students in grades 7-12, as well as on college student I.Ds. 

  • Oppose the Bill that Makes Human Life a Monetary Transaction
    AB 922 reproductive health and research: oocyte procurement (Burke, D-Inglewood) lifts the ban on paying women for egg “donations” to be used in scientific research. Women would be compensated for providing oocytes for research as prescribed and determined by a human subject research panel or institutional review board.

  • Act Now to Help Support New K-12 Teachers
    California’s growing demand for more K-12 schoolteachers is outpacing the supply of qualified and fully prepared educators. As a result, the number of underprepared teachers working in California’s school classrooms has more than doubled in just three years, a key indicator that the teacher shortage continues to worsen.

  • Urge Your State Senator to Support New K-12 Teachers
    California’s growing demand for more K-12 schoolteachers is outpacing the supply of qualified and fully prepared educators. As a result, the number of underprepared teachers working in California’s school classrooms has more than doubled in just three years, a key indicator that the teacher shortage continues to worsen.  (Please note:  This alert complements another Action Alert which seeks support for a companion request in the Assembly.  You can find that on www.cacatholic.org.)

Comments

  1. I’d be interested in knowing what the Cal state legislation and journalistic community think about what is going on in San Francisco with the Public Defenders office and the police raid on the journalist that sold the leaked story of an assistant PD’s death…The sanctity of a journalists sources and protections agains revealing them, regardless of the subject matter, are protected by the 1st Amendment, so goes the argument. How is the Catholic seal of Confession not identically protected by the same Constitutional amendment?

  2. Arthur McGowan says

    The bishops should support the abolition of government schools, not more money for more teachers for government schools.

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