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January 6, 2017 Public Policy Insights, Publications

California Legislature Back in Session

California lawmakers returned to the State Capitol this week to begin the next two-year legislative cycle.

This year’s class of elected officials includes more than 20 new members who have not previously served as a state lawmaker. While there are now more Latino and Asian members than in the past, there are four fewer female lawmakers.

December 16, 2016 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Syria Crisis: Assistance for Refugees

Syria’s escalating civil war has killed more than 400,000 since the unrest began in March 2011. Tragically, the death toll continues to rise, and more than 6.6 million people are now internally displaced. Thousands of people have fled to neighboring countries and Syrian families struggle daily to survive.

December 2, 2016 Public Policy Insights

November 11, 2016 News, Public Policy Insights

CCC Expresses Surprise and Disappointment in Loss of Prop 62

The following statement was released by Edward “Ned” Dolejsi, executive director of the California Catholic Conference of Bishops:

“Yesterday’s elections were the culmination of a long and contentious election season marked by cynicism and alienation.  Nevertheless, California’s voters fulfilled their civic duty and placed their votes.   The democratic process, once again, demonstrates that the will of the people is sovereign.

November 4, 2016 News, Public Policy Insights

California Bishops Urge Respect and Calm During Election Season

Bishop Jaime Soto, President of the California Catholic Conference, issued the following statement on behalf of his fellow Bishops in California:

Animosity and hyperbole has characterized the current election season.  This should give all people pause.  The natural and healthy exchange of ideas, critical to our democratic system has devolved into anger, intolerance and increasing alienation.

October 21, 2016 Election 2016, News, Public Policy Insights

Bishops Ballot Recommendations Focus on Restorative Justice, Mercy - 

November’s ballot contains multiple propositions dealing with California’s criminal sentencing system.   As the Extraordinary Year of Mercy comes to a close, California voters have a tremendous opportunity to live out mercy in the Golden State.

The California Catholic Conference of Bishops are urging support for Prop 62, which would end the use of the death penalty, and are opposing Prop 66, which would streamline the legal process in capital cases and weaken critical safeguards against executing an innocent person. 

October 7, 2016 News, Public Policy Insights

Being Catholic and Voting in 2016

The U.S. is in the midst of a contentious presidential election. The major candidates for the presidency have deeply divided opinions on numerous issues and neither come close to fully supporting important principles in Catholic social teaching. Additionally, Californians are facing significant ethical questions on the November ballot in issues like repealing or altering the death penalty, marijuana legalization, and gun control. This quagmire has led many Catholics to the unfortunate temptation to remain passive and not vote at all.

September 30, 2016 News, Public Policy Insights

In this edition:

  • Catholics and the Death Penalty
  • Governor Brown Acts on Bills as Signing Period Ends Today
  • Cardinal Dolan Launches 2016-2017 Program with Respect Life Month Statement
  • Bishop Vann Organizes Relief Benefit for People of Amatrice, Italy

Catholics and the Death Penalty

September 23, 2016 News, Public Policy Insights

Archbishop Cordileone Issues Statement on Death Penalty Propositions 62 & 66

San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone has issued the following statement the Bishops’ position of Yes on Prop 62 and No on Prop 66:

September 19, 2016 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Governor Signs Farm Worker Overtime Bill, Other Bills Still Pending

On Monday, Governor Brown signed AB 1066, The “Phase-In Overtime for Agricultural Workers Act of 2016,” which will phase in overtime requirements for agricultural workers who put in more than 8 hours a day or 40 hours a week. The implementation will take place over the course of four years and includes important accommodations for small farms with under 25 employees.  Thank you for the thousands of emails you sent to the Governor and legislators to urge fairness for farm workers.

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