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CAPITOL UPDATE #23 – June 15, 2023

 June 15, 2023

California Federation of Republican Women
Janet Price, President

        Submitted by the CFRW Legislative Analyst Committee        
Theresa Speake, Karen Contreras,
Lou Ann Flaherty and Elaine Freeman, 

AB 957 has been amended again and only continues to get worse!  The requirement to CONSIDER a parent’s affirmation of a child’s gender identity has been amended to INCLUDE a parent’s affirmation of the child’s gender.

AB 957, as amended, Family law: gender identity.

Existing law governs the determination of child custody and visitation in contested proceedings and requires the court, for purposes of deciding custody, to determine the best interests of the child based on certain factors, including, among other things the health, safety, and welfare of the child.

This bill would require a court, when determining the best interests of a child, to also consider a parent’s affirmation of the child’s gender identity.

This bill, for purposes of this provision, would include a parent’s affirmation of the child’s gender identity as part of the health, safety, and welfare of the child.

Hearing: Jun 13 @ 1:30 pm in 1021 O Street, Room 2100


SB 615, as amended, Vehicle traction batteries.

Existing law requires the Secretary for Environmental Protection to convene the Lithium-Ion Car Battery Recycling Advisory Group to review, and advise the Legislature on, policies pertaining to the recovery and recycling of lithium-ion vehicle batteries sold with motor vehicles in the state. Existing law also requires the advisory group to submit policy recommendations to the Legislature aimed at ensuring that as close to 100% as possible of lithium-ion vehicle batteries in the state are reused or recycled at end-of-life in a safe and cost-effective manner.

This bill would repeal those requirements. The bill would instead require vehicle traction batteries, as defined, in the state to be recovered and reused, repurposed, or remanufactured and eventually recycled at the end of their useful life in a motor vehicle or any other application. The bill would also require a vehicle manufacturer, dealer, automobile dismantler, automotive repair dealer, and nonvehicle secondary user to be responsible for ensuring the responsible end-of-life management of a vehicle traction battery once it is removed from a vehicle or other application to which the vehicle traction battery has been used. The bill would make a vehicle or battery manufacturer responsible for collecting a stranded battery, as defined, and repurposing the battery, if possible, but would require the manufacturer to ensure the battery is recycled if it cannot be reused. The bill would require, by January 1, 2025, a battery supplier, as described, to be responsible for the development of a core exchange program for replacing a battery, module, or cell removed from a vehicle, as specified. The bill would also require a battery supplier to annually submit a report to the Department of Toxic Substances Control, as provided. The bill would require a qualified facility, as defined, buying removed batteries to submit a report containing specified information to the department and would require specified entities that remove a battery from a vehicle that is still in service to participate in the core exchange program. The bill would make a secondary user that purchases a battery that was removed from a vehicle responsible for ensuring the battery is sent to a qualified facility at the end of the battery’s useful life and reporting specified information to the department. 

Hearing: Jun 20 @ 1:30 pm in State Capitol, Room 444

Do you think that the cost of electric vehicles will increase with these new requirements??



ACA 5, as amended, Marriage equality.

The California Constitution provides that only a marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California, and federal law permanently enjoins the state from enforcing this constitutional provision.

This measure would repeal this unenforceable constitutional provision and would instead provide that the right to marry is a fundamental right, as specified.

The California Constitution declares that defending life and liberty, acquiring, possessing, and protecting property, and pursuing and obtaining safety, happiness, and privacy are inalienable rights, and that a person may not be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law or equal protection of the laws.

This measure would express the intent of the Legislature to amend the Constitution of the State relating to marriage equality.

Bill Text

WHEREAS, Courts have recognized that same-sex couples and interracial couples have the right to marry; and

WHEREAS, This measure, if approved by the voters, would repeal language in the California Constitution stating marriage is only between a man and woman; and

WHEREAS, This measure, if approved by the voters, would amend the California Constitution to include the fundamental right to marry as furthering the rights to enjoy life, liberty, safety, happiness, and privacy, and the rights to equal protection and due process; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the Assembly, the Senate concurring, That the Legislature of the State of California at its 2023–24 Regular Session commencing on the fifth day of December 2022, two-thirds of the membership of each house concurring, hereby proposes to the people of the State of California, that the Constitution of the State be amended as follows:


 That Section 7.5 of Article I thereof is repealed.

SEC. 7.5.

Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.


 That Section 7.5 is added to Article I thereof, to read:

SEC. 7.5.

(a) The right to marry is a fundamental right.

(b) This section is in furtherance of both of the following:

(1) The inalienable rights to enjoy life and liberty and to pursue and obtain safety, happiness, and privacy guaranteed by Section 1.

(2) The rights to due process and equal protection guaranteed by Section 7.

Hearing: Jun 13 @ 9:00 am in State Capitol, Room 437

Did we know that the California Constitution needed amending for same sex marriage??


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