For the past two years, the advocacy efforts of those participating in CAIR-CA’s Muslim Day at the Capitol (MDAC) have helped pass laws that clarify religious accommodation for state employees, limit unfair and costly deportations, and strengthen labor protections for California’s domestic workers.

To build a prosperous future for all, we must continue to advocate for just, equitable, and progressive policies. CAIR-CA is pleased to share the legislative agenda for this year’s Muslim Day at the Capitol scheduled for April 22, 2014.

MAKING COLLEGE MORE AFFORDABLE 
AB 1976 & AB 330  Student Financial Aid: Competitive Cal Grant awards & Disclosures
The cost of college has increased twelvefold over the past three decades in the United States. California’s public universities have enacted the highest average tuition of any state. AB 1976 would expand the number of grants for students from low and middle-income families. These awards can make it easier to pay for tuition, fees, supplies, transportation, and living costs. AB 330 is a bill that would provide early, individualized estimates of what particular colleges will cost and how to pay for it, thereby helping students and their families make informed financial and educational decisions.

BUILDING A HEALTHIER CALIFORNIA
SB 1005 Health for All Act
The passage of the Affordable Care Act expanded access to health care but over one million Californians are not eligible for coverage due to immigration status. SB 1005 will expand access to health care coverage for all Californians, regardless of immigration status, by expanding California’s state funded Medi-Cal program and by creating a parallel exchange that would allow the undocumented and those with deferred action to buy affordable coverage with state subsidies.

PROTECTING CIVIL RIGHTS FOR ALL
SB 828 The Fourth Amendment Protection Act
Sponsored by State Senator Ted Lieu, this bill would reaffirm our 4th amendment right to privacy in light of NSA spying. Once passed, the bill would immediately ban state agencies, officials, employees and corporations that provide services to the state from supporting or assisting federal government agencies in spying on or collecting electronic data from Californians without a federal warrant.