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CAPITOL UPDATE #13 April 14, 2022

April 14 , 2022

California Federation of Republican Women
Janet Price, President

        Submitted by the CFRW Legislative Analyst Committee        
Karen Contreras, Gretchen Cox, Elaine Freeman, 
 Theresa Speake, and Cheryl Sullivan

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Existing law, the Sargent Shriver Civil Counsel Act, requires legal counsel to be appointed to represent low-income parties in civil matters involving critical issues affecting basic human needs in courts selected by the Judicial Council. The act requires the Judicial Council to develop one or more programs to provide competitive grants to provide legal counsel to low-income persons who require legal services in civil matters involving specific types of civil matters, including, among others, housing-related matters, probate conservatorships, guardianships, and domestic violence and civil harassment restraining orders.

This bill would require the programs to provide services without regard to the citizenship or immigration status of the person represented, and if an organization is prohibited, due to other funding restrictions, from representing certain persons due to their citizenship or immigration status, would require the organization to refer those individuals for services elsewhere.

In the coming weeks, we will be sharing information on ballot measures and referendums as they qualify for the November election. In the meantime, here is some basic election information, including a link to the California Secretary of State’s website:

2022 California Primary (
  • All California active registered voters will receive a vote-by-mail ballot for the June 7, 2022, Primary Election.
  • The last day to register to vote for the June 7, 2022, Primary Election is May 23, 2022.
  • Your county elections office will begin mailing ballots by May 9, 2022.
  • Your Primary Election ballot will include candidates for U.S. Senate, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Controller, Treasurer, Attorney General, Insurance Commissioner, Member of State Board of Equalization, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, U.S. Representative in Congress, State Senator, State Assembly Member, as well as other local candidates.
  • There are two contests for U.S. Senate on this ballot. You can vote for both contests.
    • One for a 6-year term ending January 3, 2029; and
    • One for the remainder of the current term ending January 3, 2023.
  • Return your vote-by-mail ballot by mail with prepaid postage if it is postmarked on or before Election Day and will be received by June 14, 2022, or in-person to a secure ballot drop box, to a voting location or your county elections office by 8:00 p.m. on June 7, 2022.
  • In-person voting locations will offer voter registration, replacement ballots, accessible voting machines, and language assistance to those who need it.
  • Vote Centers open in all Voter’s Choice Act counties on May 28, 2022.
For further information on any of the bills mentioned here, click the Bill # in the email. Or you can CLICK HERE and simply enter the bill # or keywords where designated.Find/contact your local Legislators, click HERE to inquire, or let them know your opinion about bills or issues.

To contact your U.S. Representatives, call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121

Listen to hearings on bills that interest you – 

California Legislative Portal links – Express your support or opposition to a bill directly to the Legislative committee currently reviewing it (as an individual, not as a member of RWF or CFRW) – click here, or the bill’s author- click hereenter your bill # and look for the tab at top of the bill page labeled “Comments to Author”.

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