Five California health and equity bills need your support: take action today through Virtual ENACT Day!
This Wednesday, community advocates and public health professionals from across California will gather for ENACT Day in Sacramento to speak up for a healthier, more equitable state. Whether you will be attending in person or not, you can make your voice heard through Virtual ENACT Day.
Virtual ENACT Day has all the tools you need to be an outstanding e-advocate, from factsheets to letters of support you can send directly to your legislators. This year’s ENACT bills address access to safe drinking water, affordable public transit passes for students, curbing the consumption of sugary drinks, active transportation funding opportunities for communities of greatest need, and food for schoolchildren during the summer months.
Click on the hyperlinks below to access customizable letters of support for each of this year’s bills. Letters that illustrate why these bills matter to you and how they’ll make a difference in your community make a big impact.
• AB 2099: Safe Drinking Water for Low-Income Families will authorize the State’s Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) system to deliver supplemental drinking water benefits to low-income Californians with inadequate access to safe drinking water. This bill is being considered by the Assembly Human Services Committee TOMORROW, March 29, so please consider taking action today!
• AB 2054: Summer EBT for Children in California will extend nutrition assistance to purchase groceries for low-income students when school is out of session and school meals are not available. AB 2054 would develop the framework of Summer EBT for Children in California and pursue all available federal resources. This bill is being considered by the Assembly Human Services Committee TOMORROW, March 29, so please consider taking action today!
• AB 2222: Free and Reduced-Price Transit Passes for Students will dedicate a portion of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to support transit pass programs that provide free or reduced-fare transit passes to public school students and community college, California State University, and University of California students, prioritizing communities of greatest need. This bill will be considered by the Assembly Transportation Committee this April.
• AB 2782: Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Health Impact Fee will impose a $0.02 per fluid ounce fee on the distribution of sugar-sweetened beverages, with revenues going into a fund to address diet-related chronic disease prevention. This bill will be considered by the Assembly Health Committee in April.
• AB 2796: Active Transportation Program for Communities will require at least 5% of funds available through the Active Transportation Program to be awarded for planning and community engagement around active transportation in communities of greatest need. This bill will be considered by the Assembly Transportation Committee this April.
Over the past two years, advocates like you have sent nearly 2,000 letters in support of California health bills. Whether you’ll be in Sacramento this Wednesday or are logging on from your community, we hope you will join us in building a steady drumbeat for state policies to secure a healthy, safe, and equitable future for California!