Assembly Bill 1520, the Lifting Children and Families Out of Poverty Task Force, creates an expert task force made up of leaders and stakeholders from inside and outside government that will develop a comprehensive, data-driven plan that lays the groundwork to eliminate deep child poverty and reduce child poverty overall by 50% over 20 years.
Assemblywoman Autumn Burke introduced AB 1520 during the 2017 legislative session, and the bill has bipartisan support. AB 1520 is sponsored by the non-profit GRACE and is informed by the latest poverty research from the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality.
California has the highest rate of child poverty in the nation according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Supplemental Poverty Measure that accounts for the high cost of living in our state. That translates to one in five children or 1.9 million California children affected. Almost one-third of African American children and one-third of Latino children in California live in poverty.
Efforts to invest in measures to reduce child poverty have been hampered by a lack of sustained focus and a defined, comprehensive plan for addressing the problem. AB 1520 takes the first step in addressing child poverty through the creation of a task force that will develop a comprehensive plan with proven, data-driven solutions to eliminate California’s deepest child poverty and reduce the overall child poverty rate by 50% over the next 20 years.
ASSEMBLY BILL 1520
AB 1520 addresses deep poverty and moves toward reducing the overall child poverty rate in California by 50% over the next 20 years by creating the Lifting Children and Families Out of Poverty Task Force, which will provide a comprehensive plan to the Legislature and various state agencies.
The task force will consist of stakeholders that focus on family and child well-being, from birth to adulthood, in furtherance of the goals of reducing child poverty and alleviating family crises, including, but not limited to, at least one representative from each of the following groups or entities:
- The State Department of Education
- The State Department of Health Care Services
- The State Department of Social Services
- The State Department of Public Health
- County health and social services agencies
- Community-based organizations that work with children and families
- State and local advocacy organizations for children and families
- Academics who work in issues impacting children and families
- Research-based organizations that focus on children and family issues
- The Legislature
Expert analysis finds that over time, a comprehensive and data-driven approach will save taxpayers money in healthcare and social services, reduce overcrowded jails and prisons, decrease child abuse, and cut the number of children living in poverty by 50 percent, with an estimated 2:1 return on investment for taxpayers.
See the full text of the bill here.
- GRACE (sponsor)
- Alameda County Board of Supervisors
- Bonnie M. Dumanis San Diego County District Attorney
- California Alternative Payment Program Association
- California Catholic Conference
- California Coverage and Health Initiatives
- California Legislative Black Caucus
- California State Parent Teacher Association
- California Health+ Advocates
- Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County
- Children Now
- Children’s Defense Fund
- First 5 California
- First AME Church of Los Angeles
- First Focus Campaign for Children
- Golden State Opportunity
- Health Access California
- Jewish Public Affairs Committee
- Junior Leagues of CA
- LA PROMISE
- Los Angeles Promise Neighborhood
- Los Angeles Urban League
- Moneta Gardens Community Center
- Mothers In Action, Inc.
- National Association of Social Workers, CA Chapter
- National Foster Youth Institute
- One For All (OFA)
- Public Counsel
- San Diego County District Attorney
- SHIELDS for families
- Social Justice Learning Institute
- South Bay Community Services
- South Bay Universal Child Development Center
- John’s Well Child & Family Center
- Joseph Center Planting Hope & Growing Lives
- University of Southern California
- Youth Policy Institute