For Immediate Release: October 16, 2023
Contact: Tyler Bushnell, email@example.com
NextGen commends the Legislature and Governor Newsom for their support of legislation
that promotes equity, justice, and progress to improve the lives of all Californians
SACRAMENTO – NextGen California’s hard work and commitment to justice and equity for all Californians was rewarded this legislative session as Governor Newsom signed the majority of our priority bills into law – progressive policies that will help build a more prosperous future for everyone who calls the Golden State home.
“On behalf of the entire NextGen team, I commend the State Legislature and Governor Newsom for supporting policies that will provide comprehensive solutions to many of the most pressing problems impacting the lives of Californians, especially our most underserved populations,” said Arnold Sowell Jr., Executive Director of NextGen California. “We applaud the Governor, the State Legislature, and our coalition partners for their continued commitment to equity, justice, community, and progress.”
By the October 14th deadline to sign or veto bills, Governor Newsom had signed 15 of NextGen’s key bills into law, including the following bills which were part of our organizational 2023 legislative package:
NextGen California priority bills signed into law include:
Criminal Legal Reform:
Solving Food Insecurity:
This legislative session, NextGen also made the necessary decision to switch from supporting to opposing one of our priority bills – AB 41 (The Digital Equity in Video Franchising Act [DEVFA] of 2023). After Senate amendments stripped the bill of its equity provisions and weakened many of its equal access, consumer protection, and build-out requirements, NextGen and our 50 plus member coalition had no choice but to change our position on the bill. Governor Newsom listened to our arguments, recognized that AB 41 would widen the digital divide, and vetoed the bill. We look forward to working together with our digital equity partners next year to develop and support the solutions needed to address inequities and disparities in broadband access in California.
NextGen California looks forward to continuing to collaborate with Governor Newsom, State Legislators, and our partners in the year ahead as we continue our mission to help build a California that is more equitable, inclusive, and prosperous. Visit NextGen’s website to review our entire 2023 legislative bill package.
The mission of NextGen Policy and NextGen California 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.