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Gov. Brown signs farm worker overtime bill
September 19th, 2016

Farmworkers will be paid overtime, under legislation signed into law by California Gov. Jerry Brown Jr.

“Phase-In Overtime for Agricultural Workers Act of 2016,” AB 1066, will phase in overtime requirements for agricultural workers who put in more than 8 hours a day or 40 hours a week. The implementation will occur over the course of four years and includes important accommodations for small farms with under 25 employees. “Thank you for the thousands of emails you sent to the governor and legislators to urge fairness for farmworkers,” the California Catholic Conference said in a letter to supporters.

Other bills still pending:

School supplies, after-school care:
There are nearly 300,000 homeless children and youth identified in California schools, which statistically translates to one homeless student in every classroom. Homeless children often lack basic, needed materials for good health, academic achievement and other areas of development. The Catholic Conference urges the governor to sign AB 1789 and AB 1567.

Make California, prisons more humane:
The California Catholic Conference is proud to be a co-sponsor, along with other faith leaders, of AB 2590. This bill would declare that the purpose of sentencing in criminal cases is public safety and direct the state prison system to add rehabilitation and restorative justice principles to punishment as part of their mission statement.

Defend quality investigative reporting:
The California Catholic Conference urges a veto of AB 1671 because it would punish individuals for creating secret recordings like those that enveloped Planned Parenthood in controversy last summer.

Prevent reduction in care for women:
The California Catholic Conference urges a veto of SB 999 because it would reduce the standard of care for women seeking help and information regarding the variety of proven and “safe” contraception methods. This bill would allow prescription contraceptive methods to be made available without the vital need for consultation with a medical professional, and neglects the importance of making well-informed health care decisions.

Let families visit incarcerated:
As more and more California prisons and jails turn to video-only visitations, SB 1157 will ensure that they also maintain person-to-person visiting capabilities. The conference urges signing of this bill.

From September 22, 2016 issue of Catholic San Francisco.


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