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Legislation Provides Access To California IDs For All
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Recently signed California state legislation is designed to support immigrants, advance equity, and expand opportunity.

Under the legislation, undocumented Californians will be able to obtain a State ID, a critical step for inclusion and meaningful participation in local communities and the economy.

Street vendors can more easily get local health permits, supporting better economic inclusion and opportunity.

Immigrant students will have improved access to in-state tuition at public colleges and universities, and to ESL courses at community colleges. Additionally, immigrant student borrowers will have more options to finance their college educations.

The legislation also provides low-income Californians, regardless of their immigration status, eligibility for legal assistance in civil matters affecting basic human needs.

Also featured as part of the new legislation: access to community health workers and promotores who can facilitate and provide culturally and linguistically responsive care; Cal/OSHA postings will be provided in various languages to protect workers and support safe workplaces; and an alternate plea scheme will be created for defendants charged with drug offenses, which mitigates particular harm for noncitizen Californians.

“California is expanding opportunity for everyone, regardless of immigration status,” said Governor Gavin Newsom. “We’re a state of refuge – a majority-minority state, where 27 percent of us are immigrants.”

A full list of the bills in the package includes:

AB 1232 by Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) – Community colleges: nonresident tuition fees: English as a second language courses.

AB 1766 by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Scotts Valley) – Department of Motor Vehicles: driver’s licenses and identification cards.

AB 1777 by Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters) – Migrant education: extended school year program: average daily attendance.

AB 2004 by Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) – California DREAM Loan Program.

AB 2068 by Assemblymember Matt Haney (D-San Francisco) – Occupational safety and health: postings: spoken languages.

AB 2193 by Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel (D-Encino) – Civil representation: immigration status.

AB 2195 by Assemblymember Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, Sr. (D-Los Angeles) – Crimes: nuisance.

AB 2697 by Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters) – Medi-Cal: community health worker services.

SB 972 by Senator Lena Gonzalez (D-Long Beach) – California Retail Food Code.

SB 1141 by Senator Monique Limόn (D-Santa Barbara) – Public postsecondary education: exemption from payment of nonresident tuition.

For the full text of the bills, visit: