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Breakfast with Shannon Smith-Crowley. AAUW California Legislative Advocate AAUW California Public Policy Update. Public Policy Committee. Sue Miller, Vice President and Public Policy Director Members Karen Jackle Gloria Leonard Nancy Mahr Norma Maidel Shelley Mitchell Val Muchowski

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breakfast with shannon smith crowley
Breakfast with Shannon Smith-Crowley

AAUW California Legislative Advocate

AAUW California Public Policy Update

public policy committee
Public Policy Committee

Sue Miller, Vice President and Public Policy Director

Members

  • Karen Jackle
  • Gloria Leonard
  • Nancy Mahr
  • Norma Maidel
  • Shelley Mitchell
  • Val Muchowski
  • Claire Noonan
  • Adair Paul
  • Judy Pfeil
  • Gloria Taylor
  • Roz Wright

Shannon Smith-Crowley, Legislative Advocate

goals for this morning s presentation

Goals for this morning’s presentation

Know what’s happening now in Sacramento

Broad environment and details

Tools to keep up to date

legislative structure

Legislative Structure

Two houses – Assembly (80) and

Senate (40)

term limits

Term Limits

Three 2-year terms in Assembly

Two 4-year terms in Senate

Governor – Two 4-year terms

2012 legislative year

2012 Legislative Year

2nd year of 2 year session, last day of session - August 31, 2012

2,000 – 3,000 bills introduced each year

backdrop

Backdrop

NEW - open primary in June

NEW - redistricting with a twist

Independent Commission created boundaries

Massive state budget deficit/cash flow crisis

2012 Presidential election

Efforts through the country to restrict or rescind women\'s rights

critical year for decisions to be made on affordable care act implementation
Critical year for decisions to be made on Affordable Care Act implementation
  • Issues
    • Abortion
    • Benchmark plans/essential health benefit
    • Network Adequacy
    • Ability to access confidential services
    • Affordability
  • Supreme Court decision - California response if ACA rescinded in whole or part
how we work

How We Work

Importance of coalitions and partners

California Coalition for Reproductive Freedom

League of Women Voters

California NOW

Commission on the Status of Women

Office of Women\'s Health

Ed Source

AARP

Legislative Women’s Caucus

California Women Lead

danger

DANGER!!!

LACK OF FOCUS ON WOMEN

DECREASE IN WOMEN LEGISLATORS

28.3% of California legislators are women

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DANGER!!!

Moving away from focus on women/gender issues – lawmakers thinking equity achieved?

California Commission on The Status of Women

Office of Women’s Health

Foundations

examples of lack of gender focus

Examples of lack of gender focus

Research – not long ago women were thought of as just smaller men, no studies – now better understanding of heart disease and women - #1 killer of women (video link - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7wmPWTnDbE)

example of lack of gender focus

Example of lack of gender focus

Female crash test dummies only were included beginning in 2010

Results – Five star ratings became TWO star ratings for women

example of lack of gender focus1

Example of lack of gender focus

Increasing maternal mortality rates

African American Women die at almost 4 times that of other groups

Lack of support for women choosing to be mothers

had enough first step save these vital institutions

Had enough?First step - Save thesevital institutions

Time to take action –

Fight the elimination of the California Commission on the Status of Women

Fight the elimination of the California Office of Women’s Health

Sign up to be a Two-Minute Activists

TAKE ACTION!

Action Alert: California

aauw california legislative agenda for 2012
AAUW CaliforniaLegislative Agenda for 2012
  • High Priority
    • State Budget
      • Education
        • K-12
        • Community College
        • Higher Education
      • Safety Net
        • CalWorks
        • Cal Fresh
      • Health
        • Program Eligibility
        • Program Integrity
high priority legislation

High Priority Legislation

AB 1756 – Knight (Oppose)

AB 2039 – Swanson (Support)

AB 2330 – Olson (Oppose)

SB 721 – Lowenthal (Support)

SB 1193 – Steinberg (Support)

SB 1345 – Evans (Support)

research

other bills

Other bills

See your bill grid

To get more details go to bill tracking online –

AAUW California Website

Public Policy tab

AAUW CA Positions on 2012 Legislation

Updated on a daily basis

want updates on bill activity

Want Updates on Bill Activity?

SUBSCRIBE

To “subscribe” to a bill go to www.leginfo.ca.gov

potential november 2012 initiatives

Potential November 2012 Initiatives

Parental Notification of Minor’s Abortion

Personhood

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Partner With AAUW CA in Voter Education!It’s My Vote:  I Will Be Heard!

Issues of importance to women – educational equity, retirement security, a fair and balanced judiciary, civil rights, workplace equity, reproductive rights, health care reform, and equal pay – are at stake each time Americans go to the ballot box. Many of these are at risk for women in the current political environment, and will be important in the 2012 election. AAUW CA has begun a Voter Education/Voter Registration Campaign to encourage women voters to get involved in the political process.

future issues
FUTURE ISSUES
  • Ongoing budget crisis
      • Education,
      • CalWORKS,
      • Social Services,
      • health
  • Initiative reform
  • Environmental toxins

Keep gender focus to advance equity for women

tools to stay updated

Tools to stay updated

AAUW California website

Bill tracking - http://ct3k1.capitoltrack.com/public/publish.aspx?session=11&id=86d18572-6c2d-4694-9cb8-0ff25d633472

AAUW California Facebook page

AAUW Action Alert

State site - www.leginfo.ca.gov - look up and subscribe to bill changes, research laws, find your legislator

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Other Organizations and Resources

  • California Budget Project - www.cbp.org
    • Report - Falling Behind: The Effect of the Great Recession on Women and Families
  • California Coalition for Reproductive Freedom - www.reproductivefreedomca.org
  • National Conference of State Legislators – www.ncsl.org
  • California Commission on the Status of Women – www.women.ca.gov
  • California Office of Women’s Health – www.cpdh.ca.gov/programs/owh
  • Federal Office of Women’s Health - http://www.womenshealth.gov/heartattack/
  • Legislative Calendar - http://assembly.ca.gov/legislativedeadlines
  • California Women Lead – www.cawomenlead.org
even more resources
Even More Resources
  • Legislative Analyst Office - www.lao.ca.gov
  • Secretary of State - ballot initiatives - www.sos.ca.gov
  • California Citizens Redistricting Commission – www.wedrawthelines.org
  • Ballot Initiative Strategy Center - http://www.ballot.org/
insider track
Insider Track
  • The Nooner - http://www.aroundthecapitol.com/nooner/
  • Around the Capitol - http://www.aroundthecapitol.com/
  • Rough & Tumble - http://www.rtumble.com/
  • Capitol Weekly – www.capitolweekly.net
thank you for attending

Thank you for attending!

Shannon Smith-Crowley, JD, MHA

Legislative [email protected]

916.457.5217 (office)916.457.5215 (fax)916.717.4936 (mobile)

2641 Montgomery WaySacramento CA 95818-3945

www.partnersadvocacy.com

it s my vote i will be heard
It’s My Vote – I Will Be Heard!
  • Opportunities for Branches
    • Help shape change through women’s vote
    • Outreach into community
    • Membership recruitment – students, faculty at partner colleges/universities, women in coalition groups
    • Make this election about issues important to women!
it s my vote i will be heard1
It’s My Vote – I Will Be Heard!
  • Branch Involvement
    • Work within your branch
    • Work with College/University Partners
    • Form Coalitions with other women’s groups
    • Organize candidate forums, especially where redistricting has taken place
it s my vote i will be heard2
It’s My Vote – I Will Be Heard!
  • Resources Available to Your Branch
    • California Secretary of State, County Elections Board – www.sos.ca.gov
    • AAUW CA Public Policy Committee
    • Websites: www.aauw-ca.org, www.aauw.org
    • Woman-to-Woman Voter Turnout Manual
    • Position Papers on Reproductive Rights, Education, Safety Net, Social Security, Safe Campuses and Communities
    • League of Women Voters for Candidate Forums
you will be heard
You Will Be Heard!

“The Vote is the tool with which women must end all discrimination against them.”

– Alice Paul

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