Capitol Update 7/17/14

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July 17, 2014

While the California Legislature is on recess, the executive and the judicial branches are still in full operation. This week a federal judge ruled that the California death penalty was unconstitutional and Governor Brown allowed an advisory ballot measure asking Congress to overturn Citizens United to go forward without his signature. This advisory measure will be on the ballot during the 2014 elections. In other ballot related news, venture capitalist Tim Draper just turned in 1.3 million signatures to place his initiative to split California into six different states on the November 2016 ballot.

Get to know your legislators

With two more weeks of summer recess left to go, it is a great time to get to know your local legislators. You can look up who represents you in Sacramento via the Legislature’s Find Your Rep website. Once you know who they are, you can look up their profiles and contact information on their Assembly and Senate websites and follow them on Facebook and Twitter. Watch their event calendars to know when they are holding community coffees or district office hours and plan to drop by and introduce yourself. Also, don’t forget to sign up for your legislator’s electronic newsletter on their website.

You can make a scheduling request to meet your legislator by calling their district office and asking for a meeting so that you can introduce the member to both yourself and your school. It’s important that your legislator hear your personal story about your school in their district so that they can make a closer connection when they vote on charter issues in the capitol.

Your action needed next week: AB 948 (Olsen)

With legislative session resuming in half a month, your support will be needed next week for an action alert on AB 948 (Olsen) dealing with expanding the SB 740 Charter School Facility Grant Program. AB 948 is currently on the Senate Appropriations Suspense file and final action will be taken on the bill during the fiscal committee deadline on August 15.