Signed into Law
I wanted to share with you some of the bills I authored that were signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown during the closing days of this session.
Strengthening Employee Protections: Domestic violence victims need support and a steady paycheck to leave abusive relationships. Unfortunately, they face obstacles at work that make their plight worse. A recent study shows that 40 percent of these victims are fired or fear being fired by their employers. Governor Brown just signed into law my Senate Bill 400, which prevents employees who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking from being fired or discriminated against at work. It also requires their employers to make reasonable efforts to protect them at work, such as by changing a phone number or relocating a desk. I successfully worked with business groups to address their concerns and am pleased to have had the support of retail giant Williams-Sonoma.
Supporting Working Families: Families shouldn't have to choose between caring for a seriously ill loved one and putting food on the table. Governor Brown agreed and signed my Senate Bill 770, which strengthens California's Paid Family Leave Program by allowing workers to receive partial pay for up to six weeks while caring for a seriously ill grandparent, grandchild, sibling, or in-law. Current law only provides funding to care for a parent, child, spouse, or domestic partner. It is important to note that expanding this program will result in no additional costs to employees or employers.
Supporting Homeowners and Affordable Housing: Mobile homes are an important source of affordable housing throughout California. The Governor signed my Senate Bill 510, which prevents costly lawsuits and gives mobile home owners a voice when park owners try to subdivide the park and sell the land under each home, often at enormous profit to the park owner.
Securing Emergency Funding for Beach Erosion: Working collaboratively and across partisan lines with Assemblymember Das Williams and Assemblymember Jeff Gorell, I authored legislation, which was signed by the Governor, to help deliver $2 million in emergency funding for erosion control along Hueneme Beach in the City of Port Hueneme.
Legislation is never a solitary effort, and I am grateful for the support, ideas and feedback so many of my colleagues and the people residing in the 19th Senate District gave me as these bills were working their way through the Legislature. I hope you will continue to stay in touch with me and my office and follow what I'm doing on Facebook and Twitter. Please encourage your friends to do the same!
Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson
State Senator, 19th Senate District