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Policy Pick: Legislators Pass Kid-Friendly Bills

September 10, 2012
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State legislators took action on several hundred pieces of legislation before the end of the legislative session on Aug. 31. Included in the mix were a number of bills that seek to improve the health and well-being of young children and their families.

Six bills supported by First 5 LA were approved by lawmakers:

  • AB 540 (Jim Beall, D-San Jose): Enables counties to get partial federal reimbursement for screening and brief intervention services provided to Medi-Cal beneficiaries who are pregnant women or women of childbearing age.
  • AB 823 (Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento): Creates the California Children's Coordinating Council, a committee focused on increasing efficiency and improving service delivery across California's many child-serving agencies.
  • AB 1640 (Holly Mitchell, D-Culver City): Ensures CalWORKs assistance and full-scope Medi-Cal for low-income pregnant mothers age 18 and younger.
  • AB 1872 (Luis Alejo, D-Salinas): Encourages family day care homes to follow nutrition standards in the federal Child and Adult Care Food Program regarding the provision of meals and snacks.
  • AB 2386 (Michael Allen, D-Santa Rosa): Adds breastfeeding or medical conditions related to breastfeeding to the current law prohibiting discriminatory practices in employment or housing accommodations on the basis of sex.
  • SB 970 (Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles): Allows online health coverage application information to be used for simultaneous CalFresh or CalWORKs applications, and for uninsured CalFresh recipients to be enrolled into health coverage.

Other bills of interest that earned a thumbs up from legislators include AB 823 (Susan Bonilla, D-Concord) which would develop standards for a recognition of study for transitional kindergarten, and AB 1359 (Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley), which would require county human services agencies to provide CalFresh benefits on an expedited basis to households determined to be in immediate need of food assistance.

The bills now head to Gov. Jerry Brown, who has until the end of September to take action. For more information, please contact Government Affairs Officer Ruel Nolledo at

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