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Anti-Hunger Bills:

AB 3073 (Wicks) – Signed by the Governor!

Would require the Department of Social Services to issue guidance on the allowable practices to maximize CalFresh eligibility for people leaving jail or prison.

Sponsor(s): CAFB, Western Center on Law and Poverty, Bread for the World

Position: Co-sponsor

Status: Signed by the Governor!

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AB 826 (Santiago) – Vetoed

Would establish a one-time state fund to provide food assistance to undocumented immigrants and their families.

Sponsor(s): Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights

Position: Support

Status: Vetoed by Governor

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AB 987 (Rivas)

Would make changes to the CalWORKs special food benefit so that it is delivered on EBT as a food benefit (rather than a cash benefit, which makes it countable income in CalFresh) and add lack of fresh water and high blood levels as reasons to receive the CalWORKs special food needs supplement.

Sponsor(s): CAFB, Western Center on Law and Poverty

Position: Co-sponsor

Status: Held in Senate Appropriations Committee (2-year bill pending hearing in 2020)

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AB 1022 (Wicks)

Would protect highly vulnerable CalFresh recipients subject to the ABAWD time limit from experiencing hunger by providing state-funded nutrition benefits.

Sponsor(s): CAFB, Western Center on Law and Poverty, Alameda County Community Food Bank, Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano

Position: Co-sponsor

Status: Held in Senate Appropriations Committee (2-year bill pending hearing in 2020)

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AB 2243 (Eggman)

Would extend the authorization of the Farm to Food Bank Tax Credit to 2027.

Sponsor(s): CAFB

Position: Lead advocate

Status: Held in Assembly Committee on Revenue & Taxation (Not set for hearing)

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AB 3006 (Berman)

Would require the state to reimburse local educational agencies for expenses in providing a National School Lunch Program reimbursable meals to children.

Sponsor(s): None

Position: Support

Status: Held in Assembly Education Committee (Not set for hearing)

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AB 3142 (Wicks)

Spot bill. Would prevent the sponsors of immigrant recipients of the California Food Assistance Program (CFAP) and other state public assistance programs from having to pay for benefits received by a low-income, eligible immigrants.

Sponsor(s): CAFB, Western Center on Law and Poverty, California Immigrant Policy Center, National Immigration Law Center

Position: Co-sponsor

Status: Held in Assembly Human Services Committee (Not set for hearing)

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SB 882 (Wiener)

Simplify CalFresh access for seniors and people with disabilities under the Elderly Simplified Application Project.

Sponsor(s): CAFB, Nourish California (previously California Food Policy Advocates), SF-Marin Food Bank

Position: Co-sponsor

Status: Held in Senate Appropriations Committee

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SB 1417 (McGuire)

Would expand the availability of universally free school meals by increasing school districts’ capacity to provide healthy school meals free of charge to all students through new, additional state subsidies for California-grown fruits and vegetables.

Sponsor(s): Nourish California (previously California Food Policy Advocates)

Position: Support

Status: Held in Senate Education Committee (Not set for hearing)

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Anti-Poverty Bills:

SB 33 (Skinner)

Would guide safe and ethical standards for online Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) purchasing by establishing a working group composed of major stakeholders including the Department of Social Services.

Sponsor(s): Western Center on Law and Poverty

Position: Support

Status: Held in Assembly Appropriations Committee

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Food Waste Bills:

AB 3336 (Carillo)

Spot bill. Would establish new food safety regulations for food delivery.

Sponsor(s): None

Position: Monitor

Status: Held in Assembly Appropriations Committee

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Other Bills:

SB 1000 (Hertzberg)

Spot bill. County contracting.

Sponsor(s): California Student Aid Commission

Position: Monitor

Status: Introduced

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*This page was last updated on August 21, 2020

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