Brown Signs Bills Providing Free Tampons, Expanding Family Leave

Lester Mason
October 13, 2017

The nine bills signed by Brown on Thursday outside of a resource center for homeless and low-income women are aimed at improving the lives of California women and families and are backed by the 26-member legislative Women's Caucus.

A similar bill past year, SB 654, passed with bipartisan support but was vetoed by the governor, who expressed concerns about litigation.

"This is a great victory for working parents and children in California, and I am grateful to the governor for signing this bill into law", said Jackson. "They are hard work".


Senate Bill 63 will provide 12 weeks of job-protected leave to parents with newborns who work for companies with 20 to 49 employees. Brown vetoed a slightly different version of the legislation previous year. The smallest companies will continue being exempt from the rules. SB 63 will take effect January 1.

"Those women who are on Cal-Works and have a job or are getting an education and have subsidized child care, it will ensure that they get a diaper subsidy so that they don't have another barrier to work or education", she says. "California is once again leading the way when it comes to helping women who need it the most", said Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzales Fletcher of San Diego. A 2014 version would have provided a $80 subsidy. Another attempt in 2016 called for a $50 subsidy, it was vetoed by the governor.

Another workplace-focused bill bans employers from asking applicants about their past salaries.

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