Policy & Advocacy
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8th Annual Promotor Legislative Day
April 30, 2013
Vision y Compromiso represents Promotores and Community Workers from across California who work and live in our communities providing support, information and training on health, education, immigration and other issues important to individuals and families. Implementation of health care reform, the renewed investment in early childhood education, and the ongoing immigration dialogue at the federal level all have significant implications for our state, and are issues central to Promotores and Community Workers.
Promotores across California urge their representatives to vote in favor of legislation that improves the quality of life of the most vulnerable communities they serve and that are impacted by inequities in health, education and immigration issues.
Visión y Compromiso Convenes 100 delegates in Sacramento to urge legislators to pass:
- AB 4 Trust Act (Ammiano)
The Trust Act would prohibit any law enforcement official from detaining an individual on the basis of being undocumented after that individual becomes eligible for release from criminal custody. By summer 2011 many state and local partners to the program have come to resent it, because of its detrimental effects on local social fabrics and law enforcement operations. The implementation of the program has been criticized for not sticking to its original goals of deporting criminals and using the program as a general deportation facilitation tool. Each year, law enforcement officers arrest approximately one million noncitizens accused of crimes.
- AB 60 Safe and Responsible Driver Act (Alejo)
This bill would repeal the requirement by the DMV to require a social security number on an application for a California Driver’s license. By expanding eligibility for applying for a driver’s license, we ensure that our streets and highways are safer by ensuring that driver’s fully understand the rules of the road, and are provided proper safety instructions. Moreover, AB 60 also contributes to our local economy through the purchase of licenses, vehicles, insurance and other driver related expenditures.
- AB 271 CalWORKS Eligibility (Mitchell)
This bill would repeal the denial of an increase in cash aid for a child born into a household already receiving CalWORKs. The bill would also prohibit the department from requesting an applicant or recipient to disclose information regarding whether the pregnancy was a result of rape, incest, or failure of the contraception used. In essence, this rule punishes a child born into poverty and places this same child at risk for deeper poverty by denying slight increase in cash assistance that scarcely cover the infant’s needs. All children should be supported and provided for so that they may have the opportunity to grow and develop healthy and secure.
- SB 204 The California Patient Medication Safety Act (Corbett)
In California, 40% of individuals speak a language other than English at home. SB 204 requires pharmacies to use the standard medication instructions that have been translated into non-English languages provided on the Board of Pharmacy’s website. This will provide Limited English Proficient patients with prescription instructions that they will understand which helps increase patient compliance and reduce medical errors. The Institute of Medicine estimates that at least 1.5 million Americans are sickened, injured, or killed each year because of medication errors.