HOPE 2018 Legislative Priorities

HOPE is committed to ensuring political and economic parity for Latinas across the State of California. That's why our 2018 Legislative Priorities are in the areas of Health, Education, and Economic Equity. Read below to learn more about the bills we supported. 

 

 

HEALTH

SB 974 (Lara): Health4All Elders

Status: Appropriation Committee, Suspense File
HOPE Position: Actively Support - Advocated for at Latina Action Day

SB 974 will extend the eligibility for full-scope Medi-Cal benefits to individuals 65 years of age and older, who are otherwise eligible for those benefits regardless of their immigration status, pending appropriation.

 

AB 2965 (Arambula): Health4All Young Adults

Status: Senate Appropriation Committee, Suspense File 
HOPE Position: Actively Support - Advocated for at Latina Action Day

AB 2965 will extend the eligibility for full-scope Medi-Cal benefits to individuals who are 19 to 26 years old, and who are otherwise eligible for those benefits regardless of their immigration status. 

 

SB 1108 (E. Hernandez): Ban on Medi-Cal Work Requirements

Status: Chaptered

HOPE Position: Support 

SB 1108 prohibits the Medicaid waivers to require work or community engagement activities as a condition of Medi-Cal eligibility or coverage, to require waiting periods, time limits, or coverage lockouts, as specified, or to require any other condition of Medi-Cal eligibility or coverage not authorized by any other provision of state law or federal statute or regulation.

 

 

EDUCATION 

AB 1895 (Calderon)Income Based Repayment for Dream Loans

Status: Chaptered
HOPE Position: Actively Support - Advocated for at Latina Action Day

AB 1895 allows DREAM loan borrowers the option to repay their loans based on actual income earned and would provide undocumented students with the security of loan deferment.

 

AB 1858 (Calderon): Financial Aid Shopping Sheet

Status: Chaptered
HOPE Position: Actively Support - Advocated for at Latina Action Day

AB 1858 requires that all California colleges (all public and independent institutions of higher education) by 2020 use the Financial Aid Shopping Sheet as developed by the U.S. Department of Education or a successor document identified by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) to inform students or potential students about financial aid award packages.

 

AB 1037 (Limon)Cal Grant B Service Incentive Grant Program

Status: Senate Appropriations Committee, Suspense File
HOPE Position: Support 

AB 1037 establishes a work-study program for AB 540 students who are ineligible for federal work study. This would require students to agree to perform a minimum of 300 hours community service or volunteer work in each academic year for which the grant is provided. The grant is available for up to 12 quarters or 8 semesters. Each AB 540 student is eligible for up to $1,500 per semester or $1,000 per quarter.

 

SB 1471 (Hernandez)Competitive Cal Grant A and B Awards

Status: Senate Appropriations Committee, Suspense File
HOPE Position: Support 

SB 1471 would increase the annual Competitive Cal Grant A and B award limit from 25,750 to 30,000.

 

AB 2563 (Patterson)Financial Aid Book Advance Program

Status: Assembly Appropriations Committee, Suspense File
HOPE Position: Support 

Beginning with the 2019–20 academic year, Cal Grant participating institutions would be required to implement a financial aid book advance program that would provide credit at the institution’s campus bookstore to students receiving Cal Grant B or Cal Grant C awards for the purchase of books and educational materials before the funds are disbursed to the student.

 

ECONOMIC EQUITY  

SB 1235 (Glazer): Small Business Loan Disclosure

Status: Chaptered
HOPE Position: Support

SB 1235 would require standardized disclosure of the terms of financing offered to small businesses in order to help borrowers better understand the financial implications of their decisions.

 

SB 826 (Jackson & Atkins): Corporate Board Gender Diversity

Status: Chaptered
HOPE Position: Support 

SB 826 requires a publicly held corporation whose principal place of business is located in California to have a minimum of one woman on its board of directors. In 2021, the bill would increase that required minimum number to 2 women directors if the corporation has 5 authorized directors or up to 3 women directors if the corporation has 6 or more authorized directors. The Secretary of State (SOS) is authorized to publish various reports on its website documenting, among other things, the number of corporations in compliance with these provisions. Additionally the SOS would have the authority to impose fines for violations of the bill and would provide that moneys from these fines are to be available to offset the cost of administering the bill. 

 

AB 2184 (Chiu & Lara): Immigrant Business Inclusion Act

Status: Chaptered
HOPE Position: Support 

AB 2184 would require a city/county to accept a California driver’s license or identification number, individual taxpayer identification number, or municipal identification number in lieu of a social security number for the issuance of a business license. Personal information collected from this application is prohibited from being shared online. By increasing the duties of local officials, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.