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June 15, 2018 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Governor and Lawmakers Move 2018-2019 Budget Forward

Governor Brown and Democratic legislative leaders have agreed on significant items in a $190 billion dollar budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. 

Lawmakers voted to approve the budget bill late Thursday, which will now go to the Governor who has until June 30 to sign. Though it is largely approved, the Governor still has the authority to reduce or eliminate any appropriation contained in the budget. 

June 1, 2018 Public Policy Insights, Publications

CA Appellate Court Upholds Ruling Against Physician-Assisted Suicide

An appellate court’s judge ruling released last week means that physician-assisted suicide will remain illegal in California at least until an upcoming hearing by the fourth appellate court at the end of June.

May 18, 2018 Public Policy Insights, Publications

End-of-Life Option Act Unconstitutional

The following statement is from Edward ‘Ned” Dolejsi, executive director of the California Catholic Conference, on the ruling by a Riverside Superior Court judge that the End-of-Life Options Act is unconstitutional:

May 11, 2018 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Analysis of Propositions on June 2018 Ballot Released

In 1911, in an effort to wrestle control of the legislature away from the railroads, California was one of the first states to introduce the initiative process. 

Allowing citizens to place policy directly on the ballot with an initiative is an “experiment” in direct democracy that the citizens of the Golden State still seem to hold dear.

May 4, 2018 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Bishops Call for Elimination of Stigma and Closer Ties between Faith and Medicine

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and the California Catholic Conference of Bishops used the opportunity to release an extended pastoral letter on the culture of mental health and the critical need to attend to those who suffer.

April 27, 2018 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Successful Catholic Advocacy Day

This past Tuesday, over 100 Catholic Advocacy Day delegates representing nine California dioceses gathered in Sacramento to be the Catholic voice and speak with lawmakers at the Capitol. This year’s participants included deacon candidates and students from Newman Centers.

April 20, 2018 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Be a Virtual Catholic Advocacy Day Participant

This year’s Catholic Advocacy Day (CAD) will take place next Tuesday, April 24. CAD brings people from dioceses throughout the state to the Capitol on one day. The advocates – two for each legislative district – will meet with their elected representatives and be a voice for life and dignity in a world that often does not seem to value either.

April 19, 2018 Because We Are Catholic, Publications, Restorative Justice

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation manages more than thirty prisons in the state with a combined inmate population of over 130,000. The California Department of State Hospitals also runs five state hospitals, housing mental health patients who have some involvement in the criminal justice system.

As part of restorative justice, it is important that people living in these facilities have their religious needs met. Catholic Chaplains do just that.           

April 6, 2018 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Catholic Advocacy Day Backgrounders Now Available

Catholic Advocacy Day is quickly approaching, and background information is now available for the six bills that are the focus of this year’s event on April 24. Delegates from various dioceses throughout California will meet with their elected officials to be a voice for life and dignity in the state Capitol.

This year’s participants will be focusing their efforts on the following six bills, along with local issues of their choosing:

March 23, 2018 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Pray, Learn, Act: April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

According to childhelp.org, each day between four and seven children tragically lose their lives to child abuse in the U.S., and a report of child abuse is made every 10 seconds. This includes instances of abuse, neglect, and child trafficking in every city across America.

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