- Initiatives: Paid Signature Gatherers, AB 6 (Saldaña): require professional signature gathering firm to register with the Secretary of State, take a mandatory training class related to petition circulation, and provide paid signature gatherers with an overview of pertinent signature gathering laws.
- Human Trafficking, AB 17 (Swanson): increase fines and penalties on human traffickers and dedicates additional funds to organizations that serve underage victims of commercial sexual exploitation.
- Mammography Coverage, AB 56 (Portantino): require mammography coverage based on referral by a health care professional rather than age, and requires insurance companies to provide recommended timelines for cancer screenings to insured.
- Maternity Services, AB 98 (De La Torre): require individual health insurance policies to provide coverage for maternity services.
- Gender Equality, AB 119 (Jones): prohibit gender rating in the individual health insurance market.
- HIV Testing, AB 221 (Portantino): expand access to HIV rapid screening rapid testing by streamlining the training standards for HIV counselors.
- Health Care Service Plans, AB 513 (De Leon): require specified health care service plans and insurers to cover lactation consultation and the rental of breast pumps.
- Employment Discrimination, AB 793 (Jones): clarifies the time period for claiming pay discrimination runs from the date of each payment of a discriminatory wage and ensures that California's anti-discrimination laws are in line with the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Ledbetter vs. Goodyear Tire & Rubber.
- Promotores/ Health Workers, ACR 75 (M. Perez): recognizes the pioneering work of promotores and community health workers in delivering vital and cost-effective health care services in communities throughout California and declares October 2009 as California Promotores Month.
- Petitions: Compensation for Signatures, SB 34 (Corbett): prohibits compensation to signature gatherers from being based on the number of signatures obtained on a state or local initiative, referendum, or recall petition. Does not prohibit payment by salary or hourly wage.
- Marriage Equality, SB 54 (Leno): would clarify that California recognizes same-sex marriages performed out-of-state prior to November 5, 2008, and recognizes same-sex marriages performed out-of-state after that date as carrying all the same rights and responsibilities that spouses receive without the designation of marriage.
- Human Papillomavirus Vaccine, SB 158 (Wiggins): require insurance policies that include coverage for treatment of or surgery for cervical cancer to cover a human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination
- Lactation Accomodation, SB 257 (Pavley: Requires state agencies and departments, including local offices, to notify employees nearing maternity leave, of lactation accommodation.
- Domestic Violence, SB 273 (Corbett): revises current statutory definitions of domestic violence to be gender inclusive, ensuring that state funded shelters provide services to all victims of domestic violence regardless of gender.
- Harvey Milk Day, SB 572 (Leno): proclaims May 22 of each year as Harvey Milk Day, and would encourage public schools and educational institutions to commemorate that date by recognizing his accomplishments as well as the contributions he made to this state.
- Environmental Health, SB 797 (Wiggins): enacts the Toxin-Free Infants and Toddlers Act. Prohibits the use of the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) over certain levels in bottles, and food and beverage containers intended for use by children under three. Requires manufacturers to use the least toxic alternative when replacing BPA in these containers.
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In 2009, the unprecedented budget deficit required the Legislature to prioritize budget negotiations, resulting in fewer policy bills than in prior years. Additionally, the budget constraints caused most bills with significant cost to the state to fail.
In any given year, not all bills that are introduced make it through the legislative process; many never make it out of committee or are held to be worked on during the next year. This year, the following 16 bills supported by PPAC made it through the entire legislative process and were sent to the Governor for his signature.
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