CWL conducts a dynamic legislative program to foster the political clout and credibility necessary to effect social change and is a strong voice in the public policy debates that shape standards for women’s and children’s rights in the workplace and society. CWL's legislative committee, working in conjunction with CWL's affiliates, monitors proposed bills at the state and federal levels, evaluates their significance and relevance to CWL's mission, and recommends whether CWL should support or oppose these measures. The Board of Governors then votes on the committee’s recommendations for CWL action.
This year, we wrote supporting AB 90 and AB 12 as important steps towards eliminating human trafficking and sex crimes against minors and endorsed using forfeited funds and fines for these crimes to pay for necessary community programs and counseling. We supported AB 1147, which would carry out the intent of the Teen Parents in Foster Care Act by requiring an additional child welfare agency case management-report to help monitor what age and developmentally appropriate services are provided to a minor parent in foster care. And we added our support to AB 52, which would give the Departments of Insurance and Managed Health Care the authority to disapprove requests for excessive premium increases by insurance companies and HMOs.
CWL also issued a letter in opposition to AB 1208, which, if enacted, would shift authority over court administration from the Judicial Council to local courts.
In all, CWL issued approximately 15 letters in support of significant legislation this year, involving additional key issues such as: The Respect for Marriage Act, Transparency in Judicial Selection, Insurance Coverage for Maternity Services, Family Justice Centers, State Redistricting, Shackling of Pregnant Women in Prison, and Judicial Demographics.