Brown signs bills to help women, fam­i­lies

Lodi News-Sentinel - - State - By Kath­leen Ron­ayne

SACRA­MENTO — Cal­i­for­nia women will have more tools to fight pay dis­crim­i­na­tion, more re­sources to buy di­a­pers and pay for child­care, and more op­por­tu­ni­ties for parental leave un­der bills signed Thurs­day by Gov. Jerry Brown.

“Cal­i­for­nia is not just about Sil­i­con Val­ley, it’s not just about agri­cul­ture, it’s not just about Hol­ly­wood — it’s about fam­i­lies and kids,” Brown said be­fore sign­ing the bills out­side a Sacra­mento cen­ter that pro­vides re­sources for home­less women.

The 26-mem­ber leg­isla­tive Women’s Cau­cus cham­pi­oned the nine bills aimed at im­prov­ing the lives of Cal­i­for­nia women and fam­i­lies, with sev­eral fo­cus­ing on vic­tims of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence. They are broad in scope, aimed at help­ing women in the work­place and at home.

“Cal­i­for­nia is once again lead­ing the way when it comes to help­ing women who need it the most,” said Assem­bly­woman Lorena Gon­za­les Fletcher of San Diego.

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