NextGen Policy (NGP) is starting a new series to keep you informed about the happenings in Sacramento. We’ll be sharing what’s next regarding legislative updates, policy information, relevant resources, upcoming events, and ways you can take action to advance new and important policy changes. Here’s some quick-hits from February!
★ Words From our Executive Director: Over the next several months, the Legislature’s bill and budget hearing schedule will be in full swing. NGP will be calling for even bolder actions in the fight against climate change; further integration of environmental justice, racial and gender equity, and digital inclusion into government programs; increased state efforts to combat food, housing, and economic insecurity; and policy, program, and budget actions that will advance access to and the affordability of our higher education system. We hope you’ll join us in advocating and fighting for these progressive changes!
★ Legislative Priority: We believe all Californians deserve access to local, equitable access to food (LEAF). That’s why we’re co-sponsoring SB 907 (Pan) which will help expand EBT access to all California certified farmers’ markets. Learn more about LEAF.
★ Noteworthy Legislation: Last month, Assemblymember Chris Holden introduced AB 2632 “The Mandela Act on Solitary Confinement” which limits the duration any person can be held in solitary confinement and bans the practice for women who are pregnant, those with disabilities, or individuals who fall within certain age limits.
★ New Appointments: California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon recently appointed Assemblymember Issac G. Bryan, one of our Black History Month honorees, as Chair of the Assembly Elections Committee.
★ TAKE ACTION: Demand environmental justice NOW — tweet at Governor Newsom and tell him to stand up to the oil and gas industry by creating setback zones that distance homes, schools, and other sensitive areas from oil drilling operations: Take Action Today!
★ Did You Know? The California Budget is bound by what’s known as the “Gann Limit” or a state appropriations limit (SAL). This places certain restrictions on the amount of tax revenue the state can spend year over year – which is expected to come into play this year as there is an estimated budget surplus of $23 billion. Learn more about Gann Limits here.