Bill Addressing Strategies to Reduce Child Poverty in California Signed by Governor

Sen. Anderson Co-Authored Bill that establishes the “Lifting Children and Families Out of Poverty” Task Force
Tuesday, October 3, 2017

SACRAMENTO Governor Brown has signed Assembly Bill 1520 by Assemblywoman Autumn R. Burke (D-Inglewood) and co-authored by Senator Joel Anderson (R-El Cajon), the “Lifting Children and Families Out of Poverty Act.” According to End Child Poverty in California, 1 in 5 children in California are living in poverty, and this new legislation will establish the Lifting Children and Families Out of Poverty Task Force.

The task force is responsible for submitting a report to the Legislature that recommends strategies to achieve the reduction of poverty among children. This report will provide detailed guidance to policymakers on how to address child poverty and on how to utilize resources properly so that the state can set up a path to measure success.

In a letter addressed to Governor Brown, Anderson wrote: “Certainly, abnormally high housing and utility costs in California leave many families without enough money left to properly care for the other necessities of life and this report will hopefully inform us as policymakers how we can respond to that reality.”