California Legislative Updates Spring 2017

To do our best in supporting and advocating for the most at-risk individuals in our community, BOSS tries to stay up to date on what is happening in local and statewide legislation sessions. Below are updates on three Statewide bills that are working their way through the system, SB 2, SB 3, and SB 310.

SB 2 Building Homes and Jobs Act

According to Capitol Public Radio, SB 2 will establish a permanent source of funding for affordable housing through a $75 fee on real estate document filings, other than sales.
Now: Hearings were held in Senate Transportation & Housing: Passed 9-3 vote; Senate Governance & Finance Committee: Passed 5-2 vote, and Senate Appropriations Committee: Passed 7 – 0 votes where it was placed on suspense file.
Next up: It may be heard at a later hearing

SB 3 Affordable Housing Bond Act

According to NonprofitHousing.org SB 3 seeks to provide $3 billion through placing a statewide housing bond to fund existing critical and successful affordable housing programs on the November 2018 Californian State ballot.
Now: Hearings were held in Senate Transportation & Housing: Passed 10-2 vote; Senate Governance & Finance Committee: Passed 5-2 vote, and Senate Appropriations Committee: Passed 7 – 0 votes where it was placed on suspense file
Next up: SB 3 may be heard at a later hearing

SB 310 – Name and Dignity Act

The current belabored process that an incarcerated transgender person must complete before petitioning the court to change their legal name or gender marker often results in improper denials or no resolution to requests. SB 310 establishes the right of transgender people incarcerated in state prisons or county jails to petition the court directly to change their legal name or gender marker. The bill requires corrections officials to use the new name of a person who obtains a name change, and to list the prior name only as an alias. SB 310 is cosponsored by Equality California, St. James Infirmary, the Transgender Gender-Variant Intersex Justice Project, Transgender Law Center, the Western Regional Advocacy Project, the Women’s Foundation of California and the Women’s Policy Institute.
Now: SB310 has passed through the Senate Judiciary Committee with a 5-2 vote.
Next up: Organizers are preparing for SB 310’s safe passage to the Senate Appropriations and then the Senate Floor.

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