Big legislative wins

Legislation | 06/30/2019

Martin Ramirez Regional Digital Strategist

 

Stand for Children championed several important bills this session that were signed into law. We are proud of our engaged members who took action and contacted their representatives. In the end, we delivered 2,862 messages to lawmakers.

ELL - Earlier this legislative session, Governor Doug Ducey signed Senate Bill 1014 into law, reinventing the landscape for students to learn English faster. At the time, there was plenty of skepticism about the proposition. However, it laid the groundwork for a 2020 ballot measure that would completely repeal Prop 203, Arizona’s education “english only law”. We will be supporting this ballot measure in the 2020 election.

Protecting childhood sexual abuse survivors - House Bill 2466, the common-sense law authored by Senator Boyer increased the statute of limitations for victims to sue their abusers up to age 30. The reality is that Arizona is one of the worst states in the country for victims and one of the best states for perpetrators to come live and prey on children.

This bill extends protections for childhood sexual abuse survivors by giving them the time they deserve to come forward. It also ensures that perpetrators are held accountable.

Childcare grant for working families - House Bill 2125 reduces the out-of-pocket costs for thousands of working parents struggling to make ends meet by investing federal funds in child care scholarships. In past years, the state of Arizona had left $56 million unspent in new annual federal child care funding, but HB 2125 by Rep. Udall will bring back those funds to Arizona at no expense to the state.

This legislative session may be over, but there’s still work to do. We will keep you posted in the coming months.

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