California Latino Legislative Caucus Unveils 2017 Priority Legislation

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

SACRAMENTO – (Wednesday, April 5, 2017) – Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) and Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, Chair and Vice Chair of the California Latino Legislative Caucus, today announced the Latino Caucus’ 2017 policy priorities and priority legislation.

“The needs, desires and priorities of Latinos mirror those of all Californians,” said Senator Hueso. “They want excellent schools, clean air and water, safe streets, quality health care, and good paying jobs.  Plain and simple, they want what everyone else wants – an equal opportunity to succeed and realize the American Dream.”

“Unfortunately, for Latinos those desires are, sadly, still a far off dream,” Hueso added. “Indeed, the statistical picture of Latinos in California is not as promising as we would hope. Our state cannot continue to grow and maintain its economic prominence unless we educate, employ and keep healthy the fastest growing sector of our workforce. To address these pressing issues, this year we have identified twenty bills as legislative priorities and we have updated our policy priorities.”

“Our legislative priorities reinforce our belief that helping Latinos in California will undoubtedly end up helping all Californians,” added Assemblywoman Gonzalez Fletcher. “The Latino Caucus is committed to shaping our state’s public policy agenda for the betterment of everyone in our communities across the state.”

Members voted to declare the following twenty bills as the Latino Caucus’ 2017 priority legislation:

SB 6          (Hueso) Due Process for All
SB 54        (De León) California Values Act
SB 68        (Lara) AB 540 Modernization – Community College Credit
SB 244      (Lara) Privacy Protection Act
SB 494      (Hueso) Golden State Reading Guarantee
AB 19        (Santiago) CA Community College Promise Program
AB 60        (Santiago & Gonzalez Fletcher) Statewide Child Care Eligibility Guidelines
AB 82        (Medina) Diacritical Marks on Vital Records
AB 162      (Cervantes) CA Competes Tax Credit Program
AB 206      (Gonzalez Fletcher) Day Laborers Workers Compensation
AB 208      (Eggman) Deferred Entry of Judgment: Pretrial Diversion 
AB 222      (Bocanegra) Immigration: False Documents 
AB 273      (Aguiar-Curry) Subsidized Child Care Eligibility Criteria
AB 299      (Calderon) Immigration Housing Data Collection
AB 386      (Gonzalez Fletcher) Deported Veterans
AB 453      (Limón) Student Anti-Hunger Program
AB 577      (Caballero) Disadvantaged Communities
AB 952      (Reyes) Bilingual Educator Preparation
AB 1037    (Limón) Dreamers Work-Study Program
AB 1665    (E. Garcia & Aguiar-Curry) Internet For All Now Act of 2017