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Scheduled hearings: Week of August 18

AB 2016 (Campos D-San Jose) Pupil instruction: sexual abuse and sexual assault awareness and prevention.

CFA’s assessment: Monitoring. Originally introduced as a bill governing mandated reporter training for teachers, AB 2016 has been amended to address sexual abuse and sexual assault awareness and prevention for students as young as kindergarten. We do like the language allows individual districts to decide what content they provide. At the same time though, we are concerned about the appropriateness of the content and, although there is an opt-out provision for parents, our experience has shown such guarantees are not always reliable or consistent. The bill also authorizes providing information about available counseling for and resources for children, but makes no mention about a parent’s role in the process.

Summary: This bill would require, on or before March 1, 2017, the State Board of Education, based upon the recommendations of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, to consider including age-appropriate content standards for kindergarten, and grades 1 to 12, inclusive, in sexual abuse and sexual assault awareness and prevention, including information on available counseling and resources for children who are sexually abused.

The bill would authorize school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools to provide age-appropriate instruction, pursuant to the content standards adopted by the state board, for kindergarten, and grades 1 to 12, inclusive, as applicable, in sexual abuse and sexual assault awareness and prevention. The bill would provide a procedure for excusing a pupil from that instruction.

Passed Assembly, 61-2
Passed Senate, 28-0
Assembly concurrence, anytime

 

AB 2139 (Eggman D-Stockton) End-of-life care: patient notification.

CFA’s assessment: Monitoring. Would require doctors to notify patients, or those holding power of attorney over a patient’s medical decisions, of their right to “comprehensive information and counseling regarding end-of-life options.” We are concerned that the unspecified “options” could include information on terminating life. Despite claims by supporters that assisted suicide is a “compassionate” option that restores dignity, the truth is that such action is an affront to life, and terminal patients are most vulnerable to those wishing—for whatever reason—to accelerate the natural process of dying. In addition, medical advancements in palliative care have eased much of the discomfort of those diagnosed with terminal illness.

Summary: When a health care provider, as defined, makes a diagnosis that a patient has a terminal illness, existing law requires the health care provider to provide the patient, upon the patient's request, with comprehensive information and counseling regarding legal end-of-life options, as specified, and provide for the referral or transfer of a patient, as provided, if the patient's health care provider does not wish to comply with the patient's request for information on end-of-life options.

This bill would apply these provisions to another person authorized to make health care decisions, as defined, for a patient with a terminal illness diagnosis. The bill would additionally require the health care provider to notify, except as specified, the patient or, when applicable, the other person authorized to make health care decisions, when the health care provider makes a diagnosis that a patient has a terminal illness, of the patient's and the other authorized person's right to comprehensive information and counseling regarding legal end-of-life care options.

Passed Assembly, as amended, 46-28
Passed Senate, 29-7
Assembly concurrence

 

SB 1177 (Steinberg D-Sacramento) Privacy: students.

CFA’s assessment: Support. Closes loopholes that allow online vendors to data mine information collected on children through online services provided for students.

Summary: This bill would prohibit an operator of an Internet Web site, online service, online application, or mobile application with actual knowledge that the site, service, or application is used for K-12 school purposes and was designed and marketed for K-12 school purposes from using, sharing, disclosing, or compiling personal information about a K-12 student for commercial purposes.

This bill would prohibit an operator of an Internet Web site, online service, online application, or mobile application with actual knowledge that the site, service, or application is used for K-12 school purposes, as defined, and was designed and marketed for K-12 school purposes from using, sharing, disclosing, or compiling personal information about a K-12 student for commercial purposes. This bill would require an operator of an Internet Web site, online service, online application, or mobile application with actual knowledge that the site, service, or application is used for K-12 school purposes and was designed and marketed for K-12 school purposes to ensure that specified encryption processes are used and to delete a student’s personal information under specified circumstances.

Passed Senate, 35-0
Passed Assembly Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media Committee, 7-0
Passed Assembly Education Committee, as amended, 7-0
Assembly third reading, anytime

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About Us

California Family Alliance (CFA) is a not-for-profit, political action organization that works in affiliation with California Family Council. CFA’s purpose is to advocate for pro-family, pro-life issues at the grassroots and legislative levels.

Because of our advocacy for and against legislative bills, ballot measures and cultural issues, CFA is registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(4) organization. This IRS status means that contributions to CFA are not tax-deductible. We rely on the gifts of families and individuals who believe California’s public policies must be researched, analyzed and communicated to the state’s citizens, in order to motivate participation in the process of government.

Similar to California Family Council, CFA limits its involvement to matters that affect innocent life, religious liberty, and the historic, traditional family, such as:

• Abortion
• Embryonic stem cell research
• Physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia
• Human trafficking and child protection
• Parental authority
• Educational curricula
• Alternative sexual orientation “rights”
• Same-sex “marriage”
• Rights of conscience and employment laws
• Adoption and foster care
• Fiscal responsibility
• Divorce and its consequences