Each year DRC develops bill ideas to fix issues affecting people with disabilities. Based on priority, political climate and the approval of our Board of Directors, we decide which bills, if any, we will sponsor. Then we work to persuade the right legislator to take on the bill.
DRC is sponsoring the following bills.
AB 313 (Garcia): LEAP Expansion
This bill expands the state Limited Examination and Appointment Program to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities. The bill also requires state departments to develop a model reasonable accommodation policy for workers with disabilities. Finally, this proposal identifies ten state agencies or departments that have the lowest rate of employees with disabilities and requires them set new goals to hiring persons with disabilities.
AB 323 (Kalra): Long-Term Health Facilities
AB 323 updates long-term care facility citation penalties and standards for negligent care to safeguard nursing home and long-term care facility residents. Specifically, the bill adopts the California State Auditor’s recommendation on skilled nursing facility citation amounts to improve quality-of-care deficiencies in nursing homes and improves California’s Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) enforcement ability by clarifying the confusing causation standard for “AA” citations, replacing the “direct proximate cause” test with the “substantial factor” test. Robust and clear nursing home oversight by CDPH are critical if we are to avert further tragedies that have only been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
AB 610 (Kalra): Decriminalizing Pupil Behavior
Currently, school staff are required to contact police on disruptive students. This criminalizes behaviors of students with disabilities. This bill gives school staff the choice to contact police in response to various student actions, rather than making it mandatory.
AB 1165 (Gipson): Chemical Spray Ban in Juvenile Facilities
This bill would prohibit the State from purchasing, storing, or using chemical sprays such as pepper spray in juvenile facilities.
SB 14 (Portantino) – Mental Health Excused Absences
This bill would ensure our schools are equipped with the skills and knowledge to recognize and respond to mental health challenges and substance use experienced by students. This bill would also ensure that youth absences from school for a mental health issue or appointment will be an excused absence in the same fashion absences for physical health ailments or appointments are treated.
SB 52 (Dodd) – Public Safety Power Shutoffs
This bill ensures local governments are well positioned and adequately resourced to meet the health and safety needs of the community. This bill clarifies that the provisions of the Emergency Services Act apply to PSPS events thereby allowing a governing body of a city, county, or city and county to seek financial assistance to mitigate disaster impacts, through the California Disaster Assistance Act (CDAA).
SB 281 (Dodd) – California Community Transitions Program
SB 281 would assure continuation of the successful California Community Transitions Program. As of December 31, 2019, the CCT Program has assisted more than 4,300 individuals in moving out of a nursing home and into their own home or other community setting.
SB 515 (Pan): Long-Term Services and Supports
This bill would create a new long-term services and supports (LTSS) benefit program for California residents.
SB 518 (Laird): Cooperative for Innovation and Self-Determination
This bill intends to create the Cooperative for Innovation and Self-Determination (the Co-op) to serve participants in the Self-Determination Program. Program participants would be able to voluntarily opt out of being served by a regional center and become members of the Co-op. The Co-op will offer more accessible and efficient services.
SB 639 (Durazo): Ending the Sub-Minimum Wage
This bill will end the practice of paying workers with disabilities less than minimum wage in California. The bill also helps transition these workers to competitive integrated employment.