Jackson Bill to Create "California Trusts Women" License Plate Passes Off Senate Floor

May 30, 2017

SACRAMENTO – As the White House and Republican Congress continue to threaten federal funding for women’s health services, a bill by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) to create a specialized pro-choice license plate with proceeds benefiting reproductive health care services in California passed off the Senate floor today. The initial vote was 25-11.

Senate Bill 309 would require that the Department of Motor Vehicles issue a specialized license plate with a “California Trusts Women” theme once 7,500 Californians order them. Californians interested in pledging to purchase a plate should the bill be signed into law can now do so on Senator Jackson’s website. Californians can see examples of three design options and vote on their favorite at www.californiatrustswomen.com. The final choice will be announced later this year.

Should SB 309 pass, it will be a visible way for Californians to show their opposition to federal anti-choice policies, while raising funding for the Family Planning, Access, Care, and Treatment (FPACT) Program, which provides family planning services to 1.8 million Californians every year.

The optional license plate will cost $50 in the first year, and $40 thereafter.

“SB 309 will provide a way for Californians who are deeply troubled by the federal attack on women’s rights and health care to take their values “to the street” while providing a vital funding mechanism for California’s network of reproductive health care providers,” said Jackson.  Nearly four thousand pledges have already been received, as well as postcards in support of the bill from around the country.

“The ‘California Trusts Women’ license plate is both a symbol of our belief in an equal society and a commitment to support high quality and accessible health clinics in our community,” said Amy Everitt, state director of NARAL Pro-Choice California. “This vote shows that we’re not going to sit back while low-income Californians lose access to reproductive health care. This license plate is one way everyone can step up and make a difference.”

SB 309 now heads to the State Assembly.

Jackson represents the 19th Senate District, which includes all of Santa Barbara County and western Ventura County.