Assembly Bill 1989 will protect people's health by requiring the disclosure of all ingredients in menstrual products including tampons, pads, cups, disks, sponges, and menstrual underwear. It is imperative that consumers have a right to know what is in the products they will be using for over 40 years of their life, in order to protect their health. Periods are not a luxury and people should have the knowledge to make safer choices.
Assembly Bill 2279 creates a new funding formula that distributes funds for testing and mitigation more equitably, based on the levels and numbers of childhood lead poisoning in each community. It also expands the criteria for testing to include known sources of pollution not currently included, like living in or near a facility like Exide, which we know poisoned the surrounding community for three decades.
Assembly Bill 2592 introduces another legal option for human remains to be respectfully returned to nature. By allowing individuals who wish to be organically decomposed into soil, AB 2592 will help prevent one metric ton of carbon from entering the atmosphere with each individual. If every California resident chose natural reduction as their after-death preference, we would save nearly 2.5 metric tons of CO2 in just 10 years. You can also use the soil to plant trees, which are good for the air as they act as a sink to capture carbon and other particulate matter. By reducing human remains to soil, family members can honor the dead in an environmentally-friendly method.
Assembly Bill 2990 would prohibit school districts, county offices of education, or charter schools from offering financial incentives to parents of current or prospective students for participation in an educational enrichment activity. Recently, numerous news articles have spotlighted current questionable practices of homeschool charters and their use of public funding for educational enrichment activities for trips to Disneyland, Legoland tickets, horseback riding lessons, Medieval Times tickets, SeaWorld tickets, and religious and private education. This bill would help to better define and identify appropriate educational enrichment activities while ensuring home school student still had access to appropriate learning materials to meet their individual needs. Protecting public educational dollars is particularly important right now as budget cuts are looming and schools are likely to struggle to pay for essential instructional material and valid educational enrichment.
Assembly Bill 31 continues the movement to make menstrual products exempt from the sales and use tax at both the state and local level. The women of California still pay over 20 million dollars annually for taxes on menstrual products like tampons, cups, sponges, disks, and menstrual pads. This bill will exempt the Sales and Use Tax on menstrual products from January 1, 2022 to January 1, 2027. However, we continue to make a push that the tax must be permanently repealed, the only way to do that is through the budget.
Assembly Bill 464 would specify that the contribution of natural sources include contributions from catastrophic wildfire. There is an emerging need to appropriately assess how wildfire emissions affects our climate change strategy and goals.
Assembly Bill 995 starts high level actions to reset The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) into a department that is more transparent and accountable and is better prepared to protect the public's health from adverse side effects of toxics. DTSC was established to ensure public health and environmental quality by regulating hazardous waste transportation and disposal, conducting and overseeing hazardous waste cleanups, and developing and promoting pollution prevention practices unfortunately there are many examples of how they have failed us in our own backyard like Exide.