The California Legislature returned this week from summer recess to complete the final leg of the legislative session. Upcoming key deadlines include August 17 for bills to pass their second Appropriations Committee and August 31 for bills to pass both houses in their final floor votes. Governor Brown then has until September 30 to sign or veto bills passed by the Legislature.
We are pleased to share with you an updated list of bills that CIPC is tracking. See our co-sponsored bills below and the full list of bills that we’re tracking. Please note that bill descriptions are subject to change as legislation may be amended as it travels through the legislative process.
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CIPC SPONSORED BILLS
AB 2066 (Stone/Reyes) Personal Income Taxes | Sponsored by CIPC, United Way California, and Children’s Defense Fund CA
In 2015, California took steps to tackle poverty by establishing the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC). CalEITC provides low-income people, particularly those in deep poverty, a modest financial credit to pay for food, school supplies, and other necessities. Unfortunately, some working families in California face serious economic challenges and yet are unable to access the CalEITC. CIPC, in partnership with the CalEITC Advocacy Coalition, is advancing efforts to broaden access to CalEITC. This proposal would expand access to the CalEITC to young workers, working seniors, and remove exclusions for working immigrants who file taxes with an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) or a federally assigned Social Security Number (SSN). Many immigrants use an IRS-issued ITIN to file federal and state income taxes. While the federal EITC excludes ITIN holders from receiving this benefit, California is not bound by these rules for its state-funded tax credit and can improve the state design for a more equitable and inclusive policy. In addition, parallel efforts will look to strengthen state funding for outreach and education.
Status: The bill did not move out of the Assembly Appropriations Committee; it is currently inactive. Instead, through the 2018-19 state budget, California expanded the CalEITC eligibility to young and senior workers. CIPC is continuing efforts to include immigrant tax filers. Click here for more information.
AB 2184 (Chiu) Business Licenses | Sponsored by CIPC and Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights
This bill would reduce barriers for immigrant business owners to apply for local business licenses and aligns the business license process with efforts to advance the social and economic interest of our state. California has led the nation in advancing bold policies that recognize the contributions of immigrants and the value of integrating all state residents, regardless of immigration status, into the state economy. Yet there are systemic barriers to immigrant Californians seeking economic opportunity through business ownership. For example, many cities with large immigrant communities, including Los Angeles, and parts of the Central Valley, currently require individual applicants for business licenses to provide a Social Security Number (SSN) in their application. AB 2184 would require local governments that license businesses to accept any of the following alternatives to a SSN: a California driver’s license or identification number, an individual taxpayer identification number, or a municipal identification number.
Status: The bill has been sent to the Senate floor.
Sample Letter of Support
SB 244 (Lara) The Privacy Protection Act | Sponsored by CIPC and ACLU of California
California has an interest in protecting the private information of residents from inappropriate uses. SB 244 would enhance privacy and confidentiality protections of private information collected by certain state and local databases. The bill would require that records containing personal information in certain databases only be collected, used, and retained for the purpose of assessing eligibility for and providing those public services and programs for which the application was submitted. Further, it would prohibit disclosure of AB 60 driver’s license information from the California DMV database unless there is a subpoena or court order.
Status: This bill is eligible for a floor vote in the Assembly.
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SB 974 (Lara) & AB 2965 (Arambula) Health4All Act | Sponsored by CIPC and Health Access
The Health4All Act proposals would provide comprehensive full-scope Medi-Cal to low-income undocumented elders 65 years and older (SB 974) and undocumented young adults 19 to 25 years of age (AB 2965) by removing immigration status as an eligibility exclusion. This is an important step in bringing our state closer to universal health coverage by removing immigration status as a barrier to health access.
Since 2014, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has provided health coverage to about 7 million Californians and significantly reduced our state’s uninsured rate. Despite this progress, the ACA explicitly and unjustly excludes undocumented immigrants from receiving health coverage through federally-funded programs, including Medi-Cal. Of the nearly three million Californians who remain uninsured, 58% are estimated to be undocumented adults. In 2016, California expanded comprehensive Medi-Cal to all children, regardless of where they were born. Since then, over 218,000 undocumented children have received comprehensive care due to this expansion, known as “Health4All Kids.” However, undocumented adults, many of whom are parents, are still left without comprehensive health care.
Status: The bills are with the Senate and Assembly Appropriations Committees.
Take a look at the full list of bills that CIPC is tracking!