Jackson Bills Signed Into Law!
Governor Newsom was joined by First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom to sign my SB 1383
I am proud to share that Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation I authored to expand job protection for family leave, protect student survivors of sexual assault, close the race and gender pay gap, protect residents from evictions, enhance our emergency response, and reduce gun violence. While this legislative session was unusual due to COVID-19, we were still able to accomplish a great deal. See below for a brief summary of bills I authored that were signed by the Governor.
- Expand Family Leave: SB 1383 expands job protection to those who work for employers with 5 or more employees to take care of themselves or a family member or bond with a newborn. For a behind the scenes look at how this bill passed on the final night of session, read the Santa Barbara Independent's account.
- Combat Pay Inequality: SB 973 will require large companies to submit pay data by race and gender to the state to help identify patterns of discrimination and allow companies to address inequities in their pay and hiring practices.
- Protect Student Survivors of Sexual Assault: SB 493 will ensure California colleges and universities follow fair and transparent processes when investigating allegations of sexual misconduct. Learn why this legislation is so critical right now in Ms. Magazine and Noozhawk.
- Stop Evictions and Foreclosures: COVID-19 has placed a financial strain on so many residents. The Legislature took action to prevent a wave of evictions and foreclosures when we passed AB 3088, which I co-authored with Assemblymembers Chiu and Limón.
- Enhance Emergency Response: AB 2213, which I co-authored with Assemblymember Limón, will help communities effectively coordinate volunteer and donation resources following an emergency as well as expand and improve our state's emergency alert systems.
- Reduce Gun Violence: I'm proud to be a principal co-author of Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel's AB 2617 to ensure that California enforces gun violence restraining orders (GVROs) issued in other states. A GVRO, also known as a red flag law, allows law enforcement to temporarily confiscate firearms from individuals who pose an imminent risk of harm to themselves or others.
In case you missed it, my efforts to bring our workplaces into the 21st century and support working parents were featured in the New York Times: Meet the State Senator Shifting California's Workplace Culture.
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Senator, 19th District