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Standing Up for Women, Families and LGBTQ Communities

David continues to be a steadfast advocate for women and families. The first law he authored in Sacramento strengthened tenant protections for domestic violence survivors by allowing a survivor who is a tenant to terminate her rental lease and get back her security deposit so her family can escape violence and move to safer housing (AB 418 - 2015).  He also authored the Right to a Safe Home Act, to protect survivors of crime and abuse from being evicted for calling for emergency assistance (AB 2413 – 2018).

David wants all California women to receive the facts they need to make well-informed decisions regarding their health care. After leading the fight to enact a first-in-the-country state law requiring facilities that provide pregnancy-related care to distribute a notice of reproductive health rights and mandating that unlicensed facilities disclose their status, he worked with the California Attorney General to defend the Reproductive FACT Act all the way up to the United States Supreme Court (AB 775 - 2015). 

David passed a historic rape kit transparency law that delivers justice for sexual assault survivors by requiring law enforcement to track all future untested rape kits (AB 41 – 2017). He followed up by passing a second bill that requires a one-time statewide audit of all untested rape kits in California (AB 3118 – 2018).

David has been a strong champion for the rights of LGBTQ families. Due to his work, California now has a landmark assisted reproduction law that protects the rights of couples to grow their families in California by modernizing assisted reproduction laws (AB 960 - 2015). He also passed the Surrogacy Parentage Protection Act, to protect parents of children conceived through surrogacy in California from having the rights violated in other states (AB 2349 – 2016).

David also successfully championed bills to require the collection of data by California’s state health and human service agencies in order to address and eliminate disparities facing California’s LGBTQ communities (AB 959 - 2015), as well as the collection of data of such data in the education and employment contexts (AB 677 – 2017).