Social Determinants of Health

Health Issue Area: Social Determinants of Health: “Building healthy communities” – Build social, economic, and physical environments for communities that prevent chronic diseases and promote health and wellness.

The following list of bills span across Social Determinants of Health efforts and are bills that we supported during the 2017 legislative session. Click here for a glossary of legislative terms.

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Archives: Past Policy Priorities


Bill Number & Author Summary Status 
SR 37 (Robert Hertzberg) Diabetes Awareness Resolution

(Designates November as Diabetes Awareness month)  ( Sponsor )

 AB 18 (Eduardo & Garcia) California Clean Water, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access For All Act of 2018.

This bill would enact the California Clean Water, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access For All Act of 2018, which, if approved by the voters, would authorize the issuance of bonds in an amount of $3,105,000,000 pursuant to the State General Obligation Bond Law to finance a clean water, climate, coastal protection, and outdoor access for all program.

Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
SB 300 (Monning) Sugar-sweetened beverages: health warnings

This bill would establish the Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Health Warning Act, which would prohibit a person from distributing, selling, or offering for sale a sugar-sweetened beverage in a sealed beverage container, or a multipack of sugar-sweetened beverages, in this state unless the beverage container or multipack bears a health warning, as prescribed.

Canceled at the request of the author.

AB 9  (Cristina Garcia) Sales and use taxes: exemption: sanitary napkins: tampons: menstrual sponges and menstrual cups.

This bill, on and after January 1, 2018, would exempt from those taxes the gross receipts from the sale in this state of, and the storage, use, or other consumption in this state of, tampons, sanitary napkins, menstrual sponges, and menstrual cups.

 Hearing postponed by committee.
AB 10 (Cristina Garcia) Feminine hygiene products: public school restrooms.

This bill would require a public school maintaining any combination of classes from grade 6 to grade 12, inclusive, that meets a 40% pupil poverty threshold specified in federal law to stock 50% of the school’s restrooms with feminine hygiene products, as defined, and to provide the feminine hygiene products at no charge. By imposing additional duties on public schools, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

 Approved by the Governor.
AB 291 (David Chiu) Housing: immigration.

This bill would expand that provision to make it a cause for suspension, disbarment, or other discipline for a member of the State Bar to report suspected immigration status or threaten to report suspected immigration status of a witness or party to a civil or administrative action or his or her family member, as defined, to a federal, state, or local agency because the witness or party exercises or has exercised a right related to the hiring of residential real property.

Approved by the Governor.

AB 841 (Weber) Pupil nutrition: food and beverages: advertising: corporate incentive programs.

This bill would prohibit, except as provided, a school, school district, or charter school from advertising food or beverages during the school day, as provided, and from participating in a corporate incentive program that rewards pupils with free or discounted foods or beverages that do not comply with those nutritional standards when the pupils reach certain academic goals. The bill would provide that it is the intent of the Legislature that the governing board or body of a school district and a charter school annually review their compliance with these provisions.

 Approved by the Governor.
SB 191 (Beall) Pupil health: mental health and substance use disorder services.

This bill would authorize a county, or a qualified provider operating as part of the county mental health plan network, and a local educational agency to enter into a partnership to create a program that includes, among other things, targeted interventions for pupils with identified social-emotional, behavioral, and academic needs and an agreement that establishes a Medi-Cal mental health provider that is county operated or county contracted for the provision of mental health and substance use disorder services to pupils of the local educational agency and in which there are provisions for the delivery of campus-based mental health and substance use disorder services.

 Held in committee and under submission.
AB 250 (Gonzalez) State Coastal Conservancy: Lower Cost Coastal Accommodations Program.

This bill would require the conservancy to develop and implement a specified Lower Cost Coastal Accommodations Program intended to facilitate the improvement of existing, and development of new, lower cost accommodations within 11/2 miles of the coast. The bill would require the conservancy to take specified actions to develop and implement the program, as prescribed. The bill would require the conservancy to prepare a lower cost coastal accommodations assessment containing specified information relating to specific opportunities to improve existing, and generate new, lower cost coastal accommodations, and to update the assessment not less than every 5 years.

Approved by the Governor.

SB 138 (McGuire) School meal programs: free and reduced-price meals: universal meal service.

This bill would, on or before September 1, 2018, require a school district or county superintendent of schools that has a very high poverty school, as defined, in its jurisdiction to apply to operate a federal universal meal service provision pursuant to specified federal law, and to begin providing breakfast and lunch free of charge through the universal meal service to all pupils at the very high poverty school upon state approval to operate that service. The bill would authorize a school district or county superintendent of schools to stop providing the universal free meal service at a school if the school ceases to be a very high poverty school.

 Approved by the Governor.
AB 1431 (Arambula) Energy efficiency: renewable energy resources: energy affordability.

This bill, on or before January 1, 2019, would require the Energy Commission to organize a working group with the PUC, the Department of Community Services and Development, the State Department of Social Services, energy utilities, as defined, 3rd-party administrators, as defined, and representatives of community-based organizations or other entities involved in outreach for, or implementation of, the various state and state-supervised programs that are targeted toward low-income consumers and disadvantaged communities, including programs to promote energy efficiency, including weatherization, programs to promote utilization of renewable energy resources, and rate assistance programs. The bill would designate the Energy Commission to be the lead agency in organizing the working group and scheduling meetings of the working group.

 In committee: Held under submission.
AB 1318 (Chiu) School safety: Safe Place to Learn Act.

This bill would provide that these and related provisions apply to school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools. This bill would additionally require the department to assess whether the local educational agency has provided that information related to the support of pupils who may face bias or bullying on the basis of actual or perceived disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, or national origin.

 In committee: Held under submission

Last Updated – 10/21/2017