Gov. Brown signs Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher’s State-Run Diaper Assistance Program, Sexual Assault Survivors Bill of Rights
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Legislation from a San Diego lawmaker that will provide low-income mothers with state assistance to help them afford diapers was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown Thursday.
Assembly Bill 480, from Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, makes subsidized diapers available to single mothers and other parents who participate in the CalWorks Welfare-to-Work and Cal-Learn programs, and who have children under age three.
"This is about helping hard-working families take care of the basics,” Gonzalez Fletcher said.
"This is about much more than diapers. It’s about helping a parent keep or find a job, a task that is much more difficult if you don’t have child care,” she said. "And it’s very, very hard to find child care if you can’t provide a day-care facility with diapers for your child.”
She said most day-care facilities require parents to bring a day’s worth of diapers with their toddlers. California will be the first state in the country to subsidize diapers for parents in need, she said.
Gonzalez Fletcher has been unable to pass a separate bill through the Legislature to eliminate taxes on diapers.
The governor signed another of her measures, AB 1312, that will require sexual assault victims be given a standardized card that explains their rights.
The new law will also require women be provided birth control options after their assault, and that law enforcement agencies preserve all rape test kits for unsolved cases for at least 20 years or until a victim who is a minor turns 40 years old.
Sen. Toni Atkins released a statement following the bill’s signing, saying the California State Legislature will continue to fight for women and their families.
“Already this year, we increased funding for child care and public education and expanded access to women’s healthcare. Today, we are further expanding access to child care and parental leave. We’re taking steps to make sure women are paid fairly, to increase testing for breast and ovarian cancer and to ensure that victims of sexual assault know their rights. We’re providing struggling moms with diapers and girls from struggling families with tampons at school. And we’re strengthening the safety net for women and families who’ve suffered domestic violence.
“As a proud co-author of many of these measures, I thank my colleagues in the Legislative Women’s Caucus for their leadership, and I thank Governor Brown for his support.”