For Immediate Release: September 30, 2022
Contact: Milena Paez, firstname.lastname@example.org
NextGen Policy Celebrates the Governor’s Commitment to Equity, Justice, and Progress
SACRAMENTO – Today, Governor Newsom signed several of NextGen Policy’s progressive bill priorities into law, placing our Golden State more firmly on the path to a more equitable and prosperous future for all Californians.
“Over the past year, the team at NextGen Policy has been advocating for and working on a list of priority measures and we applaud the Governor, the Legislature, and our partner groups for their continued commitment to equity, justice, community, and progress on behalf of all Californians.” said Arnold Sowell Jr., Executive Director, NextGen Policy
Following the September 30th deadline to sign or veto legislation, Governor Newsom has signed eleven of NGP’s key bills into law, including the following NGP priority bills which were part of our 2022 legislative package: SB 907, which addresses food insecurity; AB 2750, which addresses digital equity; and AB 256, which addresses racial justice in our courtrooms.
Additionally, this year, California once again clearly positioned itself as the national and global leader in the area of combating climate change. The enactment of a $54 billion, fully climate-aligned budget and its accompanying, groundbreaking legislative bill package was an unprecedented investment in Climate Action.
Notably, one of NextGen Policy’s priority bills, SB 17 (Pan), which would have established an Office of Racial Equity within state government did not make it to the Governor’s desk; however, aspects of the bill became part of an Executive Order issued by the Governor which centers equity at the core of state policies and programs – a major win for racial equity in California.
NextGen Policy Bills Signed Into Law include:
NextGen Policy looks forward to continuing to collaborate with Governor Newsom, State Legislators, and our partners as we look to the year ahead, knowing that there is more work to be done to ensure that our state is more equitable, inclusive, and prosperous. Visit NextGen’s website to review our entire 2022 legislative bill package.
The mission of NextGen Policy is to fight for progressive policy change to address environmental, social, racial, gender, and economic inequities in California through justice-centered legislative advocacy, grassroots partnerships, and democratic civic engagement.