Priority legislation

One of 4CA's priority tactics for 2018 is to track legislation and advocacy opportunities that align with the Action Plan or otherwise protect the children's safety net in California. This page will be a running catalog of updates on active legislation, rapid-response requests and other advocacy opportunities. 

4CA is tracking the following three legislation bills as it relates to home visiting support program to improve the health and wellbeing of families; prevent the prosecution of children under 12years of age in the juvenile court and limit suspension and expulsions of students. 

  • CalWORKs: Baby Wellness and Family Support Home Visiting Program (AB 992, Arambula), seeks to provide voluntary home visiting programs to improve parenting practices, reduce child maltreatment, increase school-readiness, reduce low-weight births and promote family self-sufficiency.
    • Sponsors of this bill: Children Now, Children’s Defense Fund, Western Center on Law and Poverty and Black Women for Wellness. 
    • Support this bill by adding the name of your organization here
  • Jurisdiction of the Juvenile Court (SB 439, Mitchell & Lara), currently in California the juvenile court has jurisdiction of people 18years of age and below. This bill would establish a minimum age for juvenile justice jurisdiction to be 12years of age.
    • Sponsors of this bill: Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, Children’s Defense Fund-CA and National Center on Youth Law, & Youth Justice Coalition. 
    • Support this bill by adding the name of your organization here.
  • Pupil Discipline: Suspensions and Expulsions: Willful Defiance (SB 607, Skinner), Limits suspensions for defiance/disruption and expands those limitations from grades K-3 to K-12 while retaining existing provisions that still allow administrators to suspend for defiance/disruption if students “materially disrupt classwork” or “create substantial disorder.”
    • Sponsors of this bill: Children Now, Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, PolicyLink and Youth Justice Coalition. 
    • Support this bill by adding the name of your organization here

This tactic leverages 4CA's network of members and amplifies their efforts, as well as the work of partner organizations and other stakeholders. To suggest posts for this page, contact

Note: Posting legislative updates and advocacy opportunities does not signify endorsement by 4CA, its members or affiliated organizations.