Assemblymember Dababneh Joins California’s Legislative Women’s Caucus and Governor Brown at Signing of Bills Supporting Women, Children and Families
SACRAMENTO — Today, Assemblymember Matt Dababneh (D – Woodland Hills) joined Governor Jerry Brown and members of the California Women’s Legislative Caucus at a ceremony to celebrate the passage of bills to increase services and support for California’s women, children and families.
“Almost 15 years ago to the day as a student at UCLA and an advocate for paid family leave, I was invited by Governor Gray Davis to stand on stage during a historic bill signing as California became the first state to enact a comprehensive paid family leave program. Today, I was honored to stand next to my colleagues from the Legislative Women’s Caucus as we watched the Governor sign a package of bills that protects and advances the rights of women, children and working families throughout our state,” remarked Assemblymember Dababneh.
“While on stage, I realized that the Governor and I were the only two men in attendance to celebrate this moment alongside all these accomplished women that fought hard for these legislative victories. Too often, my female colleagues are outnumbered at bill signings, committee hearings or discussions about the big issues facing Californians. I hope this serves as inspiration and motivation to everyone – on behalf of our moms, sisters, daughters, grandmas and all the women in our life – to fight so women have more opportunities to have a seat at the table and their voices heard.”
Joining Assemblymember Dababneh at today’s ceremony were members of the California Women’s Legislative Caucus, which sponsored the bills signed today:
- AB 10 requires public schools serving low-income students in grades 6 to 12 to provide feminine hygiene products in half of the school’s bathrooms at no charge.
- AB 168 prohibits an employer from seeking salary history information about an applicant for employment.
- AB 273 clarifies that English as a Second Language and High School Equivalency educational programs meet criteria for establishing eligibility for subsidized child care programs.
- AB 480 clarifies that purchases of diapers for infants and toddlers are reimbursable expenses for CalWORKs participants with young children in the Welfare to Work program.
- AB 557, Survivors of Abuse, improves the options for very poor parents seeking to escape abuse for them and their children by seeking to achieve protections for CalWORKs applicants and recipients and providing temporary housing assistance.
- AB 1312 ensures that rape kits collected by law enforcement are not destroyed prematurely, that survivors of sexual assault are aware of their rights and the resources available to them.
- AB 1386 launches a breast and ovarian cancer screening and awareness pilot program to promote and encourage genetic testing screening.
- SB 63, the New Parent Leave Act, provides up to 12 weeks of job-protected maternity and paternity leave for California parents to bond with a new child within one year of the child’s birth, adoption or foster care placement.
- SB 500 allows law enforcement and prosecutors to pursue perpetrators that use the threat of distribution of private and sexually explicit images to demand sex, additional sexually explicit images, or money.
Today’s bill signing ceremony took place at Women’s Empowerment whose mission is to educate and empower women who are homeless with the skills and confidence necessary to secure a job, create a healthy lifestyle, and regain a home for themselves and their children.