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Sen. Atkins’ landmark affordable-housing legislation among 9 bills advanced Thursday

Toni Atkins

SACRAMENTO, Calif. —The Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday passed nine bills authored by Sen. Toni Atkins, including SB 2 – the Building Homes and Jobs Act – which would create a permanent source of funding for affordable housing.

Also advancing out of the Appropriations Committee were SB 179 – the Gender Recognition Act – which would make it easier for transgender, nonbinary and intersex Californians to obtain state-issued identity documents that reflect who they truly are, and SB 562 – the Healthy California Act – which would create a statewide single-payer healthcare system that covers all residents.

The following additional bills cleared the Appropriations Committee and now move on to the Senate floor:

SB 223 requires all health plans in California to meet the highest current federal standards in nondiscrimination measures, consumer protections and language-assistance services – no matter what changes might occur to the Affordable Care Act.

  • SB 310 – the Name and Dignity Act – establishes the right of people incarcerated in state prisons and county jails to access the courts to obtain a name or gender change.
  • SB 379 allows schools to facilitate dental screenings by requiring parents to opt-out if they do not want their children to receive an assessment. It also adds data on tooth decay to the list of data that must be reported to the county and encourages schools to send oral-health data to the state.
  • SB 587 allows probation officers to join the ranks of law-enforcement officers who are permitted to display blue warning lights on their emergency vehicles.
  • SB 625 reestablishes an “honorable discharge” program for juvenile offenders who meet certain criteria, paving an easier path for them to access higher education or vocational…

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