Sacramento – Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan (D-Orinda) successfully passed her 2 first bills out of committee last week, a notable milestone in her first legislative session, with broad bipartisan support. AB 1735 and 807 passed unanimously out of the Judiciary and Human Services committees respectively.
“I am thrilled to have the support of my colleagues from both sides of the aisle who came together in advancing these critical pieces of legislation for California” said Bauer-Kahan. “We took the first steps in creating more opportunity and equity for low income students seeking a higher education in AB 807 and added protections for human trafficking victims in AB 1735.”
AB 1735 establishes more protections for human trafficking victims by updating an almost 15 year old piece of law. It also assists in the prosecution of human traffickers by allowing caseworkers communications with witnesses to be protected.
AB 807 makes changes to the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program by removing “income exclusions” which currently penalize families on CalWORKs for a student’s academic scholarships, rental assistance, and any transfers of money from one account to another – like a college savings account.