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Five Proposed Laws That Would Improve Your Child's Health

California Bills Earn “For Kids” Rating

As part of our new Common Sense Legislative Ratings initiative, Common Sense Kids Action has awarded a "For Kids" rating and Common Sense Star to five additional California bills.

With these five bills, a total of 12 bills and one legislative budget proposal have earned our coveted For Kids rating and the Common Sense Star since our launch earlier this month. Our staff and team of expert policy advisors continue to review bills introduced in California to add more bills to this list.

The newly rated For Kids bills include:

AB 1644 by Assemblymember Rob Bonta. The HEAL Trauma in Schools Act would require, contingent upon an appropriation in the annual budget act, the superintendent of public schools, the director of health care services, and the attorney general to establish the School-Based Early Mental Health Intervention and Prevention Services Support Program. Early identification and intervention before children enter the K–12 system and in the early elementary grades, as supported by AB 1644, will occur at a crucial time for brain development and have positive, long-lasting impacts.

ABX2 9 by assemblymembers Tony Thurmond and Adrin Nazarian. This bill broadens the definition of products containing tobacco and nicotine, prohibits the use of tobacco and nicotine products in schools and school district offices, requires signs announcing the prohibition to be prominently displayed at all school property entrances, and extends tobacco-use-prevention funding eligibility and requirements to include charter schools.

SB2X 5 by Senator Mark Leno. This bill extends to e-cigarettes the current restrictions and prohibitions against the use of tobacco products and the current licensing requirements for manufacturers, importers, distributors, wholesalers, and retailers of tobacco products.

SB2X 7 by Senator Ed Hernandez. This bill would increase the minimum legal age to purchase or consume tobacco from 18 to 21.

AB 598 by Assemblymember Ian Calderon. This bill would help ensure that children receive higher-quality care from Family Child Care Home Education Network (FCCHEN) providers and contractors. Codifying standards and best practices will create a greater statewide consistency of services while increasing access to high-quality options for families -- especially those with infants and toddlers. 

Common Sense Legislative Ratings are a part of our mission to make kids our nation's top priority. We will work to rally the public to secure passage of For Kids legislation so we can protect our kids and give them a stronger voice in policy debates. Please sign up as a Common Sense Kids Action advocate to help us make sure these For Kids bills become law in California.

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