California Act for Economic Prosperity and Opportunity for All (ACA 5)
In mid-April NAWBO-CA and its chapters sent letters in support of the California Act for
Economic Prosperity and Opportunity for All (ACA 5), authored by Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber, Ph.D. (D- San Diego). The legislation would repeal Proposition 209, California’s 20-year old and outdated law preventing full participation by women and minorities in the state’s economic prosperity.
We chose to support the Assembly Constitutional Amendment because a 2015 study showed that businesses owned by women lose $1.1 billion annually in government contracts. The data showed there was a need for the State of California to hire more women to positions of leadership and contract with businesses that reflect the diversity of California.
In support of the legislation and in a very short time frames, members from the NAWBO-CA Los Angeles, Inland Empire, San Diego, Orange County, Sacramento and San Francisco Chapters connected key legislators in their districts asking for an AYE vote when the measure was being heard in the Assembly Appropriations Committee and the Assembly floor.
On June 10th , the California State Assembly passed ACA 5 that would repeal barriers to state contracting, employment and access to higher education for women and minorities. The measure required 2/3 votes and passed with 60 AYEs. We can take pride in knowing that our members helped with the passage of ACA 5! With its passage off the Assembly Floor, ACA 5 became the first bill to provide a path forward to a full restoration of affirmative action and will now head to the Senate.
During the week of June 15-19, our chapter members will be calling key legislators from the Senate Labor, Public Employment and Retirement and Appropriations Committees. It will face a floor vote in the Senate later this month, before the June 25th deadline for propositions to be considered for the 2020 ballet. We have once again shown that we are a nimble and a responsive organization and we deserve a place at the table!