Legislative Priorities

HOPE is a fierce advocate for building Latina economic power and political influence. We have impacted the lives of millions of Latinas in California and our nation by promoting policies that advance economic empowerment, affordability and access to higher education, civic engagement, and affordable healthcare — all of which overlap to affect the prosperity and wellbeing of Latinas everywhere.

Our Issue Areas

Economic and Educational Parity

Latinas are eager to pursue higher education as the strongest pathway to thriving communities, and our businesses and purchasing power drive the economies where we live. Yet we fight against a systemic education opportunity gap, widening pay gaps, and underinvestment in our work that impact not only our immediate financial well-being and quality of life, but also long-term economic stability, curtailing Latinas’ ability to build wealth and harming the entire economy. HOPE advocates for legislation that addresses these issues by making space for our languages in the classroom, comprehensively supporting Latina students to pursue higher education, bolstering Latina businesses and workers, improving financial literacy, creating transparency in pay, and more.


Civic Engagement and Representation

Latinas make up a fast-growing share of the United States population, and our voices must be heard. We believe that democracy and governance are stronger when everyone has a seat at the table. It takes work to battle generations of discrimination and a lack of transparency that have limited Latinas’ access to voting and leadership. That’s why HOPE supports legislation that improves voting access, promotes diversity and inclusion in the workplace and all positions of leadership, and ensures we’re represented accurately in data collection.


Health Care Access and Equity

Health care is a human right. But Latinas face compounding challenges to accessing it, and dire health outcomes as a result. The COVID-19 pandemic worsened longstanding inequities, resulting in higher rates of job and insurance loss; economic disparities are driving high rates of medical debt; mental health crises are at record levels especially among people of color; and the healthcare workforce is stretched thin, with Latinas sorely underrepresented. HOPE supports legislation to expand access to health insurance and care, especially for undocumented and low-paid workers.

2024 Legislative Priorities

In 2024, HOPE has hit the ground running by sponsoring legislation to increase transparency in California’s boards and commissions. Stay tuned for HOPE’s 2024 policy platform that addressing Representation, Economic and Educational parity, and Health Care access and equity.

SB 782 (Limón)

Committed to #ACaliforniaLikeMe

Since 2021, HOPE has sponsored legislation to require critical demographic reporting on Gubernatorial appointments. In response to the latest veto in October of 2023 of Senate Bill 702 authored by Senator Monique Limón, HOPE embarked on an analysis of the demographic data of gubernatorial appointees made publicly available via press release posted on the Governor’s website. Our report of appointments made by the Governor’s office in 2023 showed that only 9.6% of appointees were Latinas, in a state where Latinas make up nearly 20% of the total population.

Diverse representation is essential to building a robust multiracial democracy and our call to action remains: the work to advance transparency must start in house. That is why HOPE is proud to sponsor SB 782 (Limón) in this legislative session. The collection of gubernatorial appointee’s demographic data is a critical step to achieving gender, racial and ethnic equity in California’s boards and commissions. This annual report will serve as a tool to shed light on where inequities in representation exist, encourage outreach to communities of interest, and address any system barriers.

2023 Legislative Priorities

In 2023, HOPE was proud to unite with coalition partners and Latina leaders to advocate for critical policies that drive Representation, Economic and Educational parity, and Health Care access and equity.

Assembly Bill 368 (Holden)

#EducationEquity

Governor Newsom signed into law AB 368, authored by Assemblymember Chris Holden and co-sponsored by HOPE and The Education Trust–West. AB 368 will improve access to dual enrollment programs for students who may not already be college-bound or are underrepresented in higher education. The new law, taking effect January 1, will require the governing board of a community college district participating in a College and Career Access Pathways (CCAP) partnership to enroll high school pupils in any course that is part of a CCAP partnership offered at a community college campus. It also authorizes classes to be provided at the community college campus or the participating high school campus. AB 368 takes an important step in closing opportunity gaps in California’s education system, allowing more students to access resources previously only available to a select few.

Senate Bill 702 (Limón)

#ACaliforniaLikeMe

Governor Gavin Newsom vetoed SB 702, authored by Senator Monique Limón and sponsored by HOPE, designed to foster greater transparency and accountability in gubernatorial appointments. The bill would have required the office of the Governor to create an annual report on the demographic information currently being collected on individuals appointed by the Governor that year. This report would serve as a tool to highlight which voices and communities are missing from decision-making tables and offer concrete policy recommendations to diversify boards and commissions across the state. Despite the negative outcome, we remain motivated and ready to improve equity in the state’s commitment to a California for All. We look forward to further discussions on increasing transparency in the composition of appointments. Join our movement, sign up for our coalition, and get ready to continue these efforts in 2024.

HOPE Supported Bills

HOPE supports many bills that drive economic and political parity for Latinas in California and nationwide. Explore each bill we supported in 2023 in depth at the link below, and stay tuned for our 2024 legislative priorities.

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Contact

To learn more about HOPE’s legislative priorities and advocacy work, please contact Maria Morales, Policy Director.

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