SACRAMENTO — This year, California State PTA took positions on more than 120 bills in the California Legislature, of which 34 were signed and approved – a huge win for all children and families. Each year, California State PTA takes positions on legislation that relates to education, health and welfare of children’s lives, as well as legislation that pertains to the running of the association.
“PTA membership supports our advocacy efforts and empowers us to speak up on behalf of all children and families. Our organization has a long history of protecting and supporting our state’s most valued assets, our children,” said California State PTA Director of Legislation, Lea Darrah.
During the 2017 Legislative Session, two monumental bills supported by California State PTA were signed and approved by Governor Brown:
- AB 10 (Cristina Garcia): This bill requires any public school, serving grades 6-12 with at least 40 percent of student body of free/reduced lunch, to provide feminine hygiene products free of charge. California State PTA supported this bill as an equity issue to eliminate any barriers for students from fully participating in their studies or sports activities.
- AB 480 (Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher): This bill adds diapers to the lists of supportive services that would be covered by CalWORKS. California State PTA supported this bill because of the necessity and expense of diapers, and because of our primary goal to advocate and protect the most vulnerable children.
One of the most important roles of California State PTA is to create and support laws that improve the lives of all California children. All of our advocacy efforts center around our core values and resolutions, which are submitted by units, councils, districts or California State PTA’s Board of Managers. Learn more at www.capta.org/resolutions.