Hunger-Related State Legislation 2012


Look for links to fact sheets and other materials at the end of bill summaries. This page will be updated regularly during the legislative session. For questions about state legislation, contact Tim Shadix at tim@cafoodbanks.org.

Last updated October 1, 2012

Bill Summary Sponsor CAFB Position Status
AB 828 (Swanson)

End lifetime CalFresh ban for non-violent drug-related felonies. Fact Sheet, Talking Points

Western Center on Law and Poverty SUPPORT

Sen. Appropriations
Held in suspense

AB 1359 (Skinner) Aligns state law with federal requirement that all CalFresh applications be screened for expedited services eligibility.   SUPPORT Signed by Governor
AB 1560 (Fuentes) Eliminates CalFresh gross income test for Medi-Cal recipients with incomes up to 200% of Federal Poverty Level. More information California Food Policy Advocates SUPPORT

Sen. Appropriations

Held in suspense

AB 1594 (Eng) Extends to charter schools state requirement to provide one free or reduced-price meal to eligible students each day.More information California Food Policy Advocates SUPPORT

Vetoed by Governor


AB 1640 (Mitchell) Makes certain CalWORKs and Medi-Cal benefits available at start of pregnancy instead of only in third trimester. Fact Sheet
Western Center on Law and Poverty SUPPORT

Signed by Governor

AB 1691 (Lowenthall) Allows CalWORKs recipients to count English as a Second Language (ESL) or Work-related ESL classes as core activity for up to 8 months.   SUPPORT

Sen. Appropriations

Held in suspense

AB 1781 (Brownley) Requires a free or reduced-price school meal to be available in every lunch line to reduce stigma. More information California Food Policy Advocates SUPPORT

Asm. Appropriations

Held in suspense

AB 1970 (Skinner) Makes several changes to modernize CalFresh and other benefits application and delivery, improve program efficiency, and ensure rights and responsibilities. Fact Sheet Coalition of California Welfare Rights Organizations; County Welfare Directors Association; Service Employees International Union ; Western Center on Law and Poverty SUPPORT

Sen. Appropriations

Held in suspense

AB 2035 (Bradford) Protects recipients from loss of benefits from EBT “skimming.” Western Center on Law and Poverty SUPPORT

Signed by Governor

AB 2352 (Hernández) Excludes the value of one vehicle in determining CalWORKs eligibility. Western Center on Law and Poverty SUPPORT

Sen. Appropriations

Held in suspense

SB 970 (De León) Allows online health coverage application information to be used for simultaneous CalFresh or CalWORKs applications, and for uninsured CalFresh recipients to be enrolled into health coverage. Fact Sheet Western Center on Law and Poverty SUPPORT

Vetoed by Governor

SB 1060 (Hancock) Ends lifetime ban on CalWORKs for drug-related felonies, with participation or completion of treatment program. Fact Sheet County Welfare Directors Association; Western Center on Law and Poverty SUPPORT

Sen. Appropriations

Held in suspense

SB 1074 (Dutton) Requires fingerprint imaging for CalFresh applications.   OPPOSE Dead
SB 1190 (Hancock) Establishes EBT system for using Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program benefits. California WIC Association SUPPORT

Asm. Appropriations

Held in suspense

SB 1391 (Liu) Establishes statewide cost-effective threshold for collecting CalFresh overissuances when overissuance is due to administrative error. Fact Sheet Western Center on Law and Poverty SUPPORT

Signed by Governor