Legislature Moves Weber’s Bill Package Forward to Governor’s Desk
SACRAMENTO, September 2, 2020 – Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber, PhD. (D-San Diego) applauded the California Legislature for the passage of four critical bills to move California toward greater equity and justice.
AB 1835 LCFF Promise Fulfilled
Supplemental and Concentration Grants were established to provide a higher level of funding to local educational agencies with pupils who are English learners, low income, or in foster care. However, there are not safeguards in place to ensure that these funds are getting to these pupils or that unspent funds are continually devoted to these pupils in the following years. AB 1835 provides those safeguards.
In a state where only 31.3% of black students and 37.3% percent of Latino students meet standards in English, a signature from the Governor will make sure that the Supplemental and Concentration funds meant to assist these students retain their purpose and go to the students for whom they were intended.
AB 2992 Employment Stability for Survivors of Violent Crime
AB 2992 expands leave protections for an employee whose immediate family member is deceased as a direct result of a crime. This bill will create a safe haven for survivors who need time to recover and get to safety following traumatic crimes, without the risk of losing their jobs.
Survivors and their loved ones have limited legal protection if they need to take leave from work to make plans for safety, seek victim services, grieve the death of a loved one, relocate, secure childcare, or care for a loved one who was injured. With the Governor’s signature, those most vulnerable–including victims of violent crime–can worry less about losing their jobs when taking actions to protect their safety and health.
AB 3070 Anti-Discrimination Jury Selection Act
AB 3070 prohibits a party from using a peremptory challenge to remove a prospective juror on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religious affiliation, or perceived membership in any of those groups. It also outlines a court procedure for objecting to, evaluating, and resolving improper bias in peremptory challenges. The present inability to adequately address racial discrimination in jury selection undermines the integrity of the court and raises the question of whether the current jury selection process can reliably produce a jury that represents a fair cross-section of the community.
According to a study from the U.C. Berkeley School of Law, racial bias is a consistent problem in our jury selection process. AB 3070, if signed by the governor, will help remedy the discriminatory practices embedded in this current process in order to ensure that all Californians are indeed judged by a jury of their peers.
AB 3121 California Commission on the Impact of Slavery in California
AB 3121 would require an in-depth examination of the impacts of slavery and its afterlives in California and develop guidelines on how to begin to address the disparities born of a shameful history. This bill will make a significant contribution to a timely and important policy dialogue and will advance the conversation of Reparations and develop ideas for how to overcome implementation challenges.
Hundreds of years of racial discrimination in the United States have left many African Americans still disadvantaged in terms of poverty, homelessness, unemployment, the racial wealth gap, and other indicators of economic and educational opportunity. If signed by the Governor, AB 3121 will advance our understanding of how to effectively combat these problems.
The Governor has thirty days from receipt to take action on the legislation. For more information on these or other bills, please go to leginfo.legislature.ca.gov.