HOPE 2022 LEGISLATIVE PRORITIES
HOPE is proud to advocate for proposals moving though California’s Legislative and Budget Process that impact California’s 7.74 million Latinas. If successfully passed, each proposal has the potential to support the next generation of Latina Excellence.
In 2022, HOPE is proud to unite to advocate for critical policies that fight for Representation, Pay Equity, Education Equity and Health Care Access.
To ensure California leadership reflects its greater population, the collection of gubernatorial appointee’s demographic data is a critical step to achieving gender, racial and ethnic parity in California’s boards and commissions. This annual report will serve as a tool to shed light where inequities in representation exist, encourage outreach to communities of interest, and address any system barriers. Additionally, this bill forms a workgroup of community leaders and subject area experts to inform community outreach and engagement in the appointment’s process. We believe that California's democracy is strengthened when it reflects a #ACaliforniaLIkeMe.
Pay Transparency for Pay Equity
Latinas in California earn 42 cents for every dollar earned by a White man - the most significant wage gap in the nation, a persistent trend for well over a decade. No progress was made to narrow it between 2010 and 2020. To address pay equity, Senator Limon introduced SB1162: Pay Transparency for Pay Equity.
SB 1162 (Limon) requires employers to provide a salary range on all job postings, and to make promotional opportunities available to current employees. Additionally, this bill requires employers with 100 or more employees to publicly report pay data broken down by race, ethnicity, and sex for both direct employees and employees hired through a third-party staffing agency.
Cal grant reform act
To ensure that California’s Financial Aid system is based on access and equity, Assemblymember Medina introduced AB1746 which would finalize the state’s commitment to the Cal Grant Equity Framework. A follow up to last year’s AB1456, this year’s proposal would simplify the requirements to better meet students’ actual costs to attend college.
This bill modernizes and expands student access to Cal Grant, to better support students, fill in the gaps of the current financial aid and serve those who need aid the most.
AB1746 will consolidate the numerous Cal Grant programs into the Cal Grant 2 and 4 as well as:
Remove GPA barriers for adult learners
Provides a Cal Grant 2 to all CCC students with Pell-level incomes, regardless of status
Increase eligibility for 200,000 more students
California has made significant progress in removing immigration status as an eligibility exclusion in Medi-Cal. Income-eligible children under the age of 18, young adults ages 19 to 25, and soon older adults ages 50 and above (after May 1, 2022) are now eligible for Medi-Cal regardless of immigration status. This proposal that was included in Governor Newsom’s January budget is the final step in ensuring #Health4All. This budget proposal seeks to extend eligibility for full-scope Medi-Cal benefits to undocumented adults ages 27-49 who are otherwise eligible.
By removing immigration status as an eligibility barrier to Medi-Cal, California can build a more universal, equitable health care system for all who call California home. Health care is a human right, and our health system is stronger when everyone is included.