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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  • Supreme Court decision - California response if ACA rescinded in whole or part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 Act implementation

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!!! Act implementation

LACK OF FOCUS ON WOMEN

DECREASE IN WOMEN LEGISLATORS

28.3% of California legislators are women


Danger1

DANGER!!! Act implementation

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 Act implementation

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 Act implementation

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 Act implementation

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? Act implementationFirst 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 California Act implementationLegislative 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 Act implementation

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 Act implementation

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



Report
Report Act implementation


Bill page

Bill Page Act implementation


Want updates on bill activity

Want Updates on Bill Activity? Act implementation

SUBSCRIBE

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


Initiatives june

Initiatives - June Act implementation


November 2012 initiatives
November 2012 Initiatives Act implementation


Competing initiatives for revenues for schools

Competing Initiatives for Revenues for Schools Act implementation

Brown/CTA

Molly Munger


Potential november 2012 initiatives

Potential November 2012 Initiatives Act implementation

Parental Notification of Minor’s Abortion

Personhood



Partner With AAUW CA in Voter Education! Act implementationIt’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 Act implementation

  • 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 Act implementation

    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


    Other Organizations and Resources Act implementation

    • 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 Act implementation

    • 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 Act implementation

    • 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! Act implementation

    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! Act implementation

    • 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! Act implementation

    • 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! Act implementation

    • 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 Act implementationBe Heard!

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

    – Alice Paul


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