2019 Lobby Day with the NAACP

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Last week, Assemblymember Gipson informed NAACP State President Huffamn, that the Conference Committee funded his request for Sickle Cell Disease Centers. If you remember, this budget item was accompanied by a companion bill, AB 1105 (Gipson) that died in committee the week before our Lobby Day and would establish sickle cell disease centers.

The Sickle Cell Disease budget item seeks to improve the quality of care for adults with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) by creating a three-year pilot program to build six new comprehensive SCD clinics.  Specifically, this request appropriates $15 million to: establish six new SCD treatment centers in the regions with the highest demonstrated need: Bay Area, Northern Central Valley, Southern Central Valley, Los Angeles, Inland Empire and San Diego; contract with qualified organizations to strengthen outreach and education efforts in impacted communities; establish IT systems, and works towards a stronger workforce of knowledgeable clinicians.

SB 188 (Mitchell) The Crown Act, has made it through the Senate Committee process and is now on the Senate Floor. This bill specifies that race, a category protected against workplace discrimination under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), includes traits historically associated with race, such as hair texture and protective hairstyles like braids, locks, and twists.

Thank you to all who participated in Lobby Day. The movement of these bills are a huge victory for our community, and because of your willing participation, we made a significant impact toward the passage of this legislation.