AiQ Federal Legislation State Updates

AIQ News: 5/8/24

Most bills we’ve been following this year are in their respective Appropriations Committee and waiting on final hearings to determine if they will continue this session.

Stay tuned for our discussion on the Governor’s May Revise, which is the updated state budget that is released every year in May. The May Revise is being announced this Friday, May 10th. We will cover the updated state budget situation at AIQ on Wednesday, May 22nd. Join us!

Lobby Day is nearly here! Check out our priority bills for 2024.

Advocacy actions for the week:

  • Call your state Senators and ask them to support SB 1497 (Menjivar)! This is an important environmental justice bill that would make fossil fuel polluters pay for the damages associated with the sale of their products in the state. The bill is being heard in Senate Appropriations on Monday, May 13th. It’s also one of our Lobby Day bills!
  • Complete the federal ELCA Advocacy action alert on housing and homelessness.
Events Updates

Lobby Day Schedule Released

Check out our specific schedule for Lobby Day 2024 here! The fun begins at 8:30 am at St. John’s Lutheran Church Sacramento.

Once you register, you will receive more detailed information regarding meeting groups and your legislative meetings in closer to May 15th.

AiQ Enviroment

No AIQ 4/17

AIQ is CANCELLED for Wednesday, April 17th due to our staff being otherwise engaged in committee hearings and a conference.

Don’t forget to call your Senator to support SB 1497 (Menjivar), which is being heard in Senate Environmental Quality Committee tomorrow, 4/17! This bill would require fossil fuel companies to pay for the damages their products have and will cause to residents of the state. This is a critical attempt at loss and damages funding on the state level.

Join us again for AIQ next Wednesday, April 24th.

AiQ Federal Legislation Homelessness & Housing Hunger Issues Poverty

AIQ News: 4/3/24

It’s the active season in the California state legislature! Bills are moving through their various policy committees, and we at LOPPCA are in attendance giving our support in many hearings.

Some upcoming hearings of key bills we’re supporting this session include:

If your legislator is on any of these committees, please CALL them and ask them to support these bills in their respective committees!

Federal: Call your Senators to ask them to pass the Child Tax Credit expansion bill.

AiQ Children's Issues Enviroment Gender Justice Homelessness & Housing

No AIQ on 3/27

Due to the Legislature having their spring recess this week, their are no major updates or weekly homework share, so we are cancelling AIQ for this week, Wednesday, March 27th.

The following bills will be heard in committees early next week and will need our support:

  • AB 2785 (Wilson)- strengthening tenant protections through rental app fee reform; hearing on Tues., April 2nd in Asm. Judiciary Committee
  • AB 3170 (Ortega)- preventing hospitals from implementing blanket drug testing on pregnant persons receiving care & reporting to CPS; hearing on Tues., April 2nd in Asm. Judiciary Committee
  • SB 1061 (Limón)- prohibiting credit card reporting agencies from placing medical debt on credit reports; hearing on Tues., April 2nd in Sen. Judiciary Committee
  • AB 1851 (Holden) – clean drinking water in schools pilot program; hearing on Wed., April 3rd in Asm. Education Committee

If your legislator is on any of these committees, call them early next week and ask them to support these respective bills in those committees!

State Updates

2024 LOPPCA Budget Letter

We have completed our budget letter containing our concerns and asks regarding the proposed 2024 State Budget. The letter has been sent to the budget committees in the Assembly and Senate.

Our asks come from consideration of our partner coalitions’ budget concerns and our faith discernment of the Governor’s proposed budget text.

Apart from our LOPP specific budget letter, LOPP signs onto other budget and bill letters that come through our networks throughout the legislative session as well. You can find our budget letter and some other sign-ons we’ve done so far in 2024 on our Sign On Letters page.

AiQ Children's Issues Enviroment Homelessness & Housing State

AIQ News: 3/13/24

Many bills have recently been added to our 2024 bill tracker. Check them out here: Bill Trackers

Our official LOPPCA budget letter has been completed and turned in to the legislature in response to the Governor’s 2024 proposed budget. You can read that letter and see what other bills and budget letters we’ve been signing onto so far this year on our Sign On Letters page. We express our concerns over funding delays and cuts to critical programs and services in Human Services, Housing & Homelessness, and Climate/Environment.

Committee hearings are ramping up! That means we’ll need your voice contacting your legislators about bills we’re tracking!

  • For next week: call your legislators telling them to support AB 1851 (Holden) – clean drinking water in schools. It is being heard in the Assembly Environmental Safety & Toxic Materials Committee on Tuesday, March 19th! Your calls are especially important if your member is on that committee. You can see ES&TM members here.
AiQ UN/National Updates

AIQ News 3/6/24

While we didn’t meet for AIQ today, there are still advocacy actions you can take this week!

  • Check out the news release of the ELCA Conference of Bishops calling for a permanent bilateral ceasefire in Gaza. Call/email/write to your representatives to call for a permanent ceasefire.
  • Continue to sign up for Lobby Day on May 15th! We currently have 19 legislative meetings scheduled, and more are to come!

Join us again next week at AIQ as we discuss more bills and prepare you for advocacy steps as bills start to go to their first policy committee hearings.


No AIQ on 3/6

AIQ is cancelled for Wednesday, March 6th due to conflicting budget hearing schedules. Join us again on the 13th!

AiQ Federal Legislation State

AIQ News: 2/21/24

Budget subcommittee hearings ramp up beginning the week of February 26th in both houses of the state legislature. LOPP will be attending hearings throughout the legislative session. Key ones to pay attention to next week include:

  • Assembly Budget Subcommittee #1 on Health – Monday, Feb. 26th, 4 pm
  • Senate Budget Subcommittee #2 on Resources, Enviro. Protection, & Energy – Thursday, Feb. 29th, 9:30 am
  • Senate Budget Subcommittee #3 on Health & Human Services – Thursday, Feb. 29th, 9:30 am

You can find upcoming legislative hearings at the following pages:

Remember to register for Lobby Day 2024! The first 15 people under the age of 25 who register will have their hotel and transportation fees covered by LOPP. Check out our Lobby Day website page for more information!

Federal: Complete the federal ELCA advocacy Action Alert to urge Congress to expand the Child Tax Credit.