SACRAMENTO— The California State Legislature has approved two bills by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) that would help vulnerable California parents feed their families. The Healthy Babies Act (AB 1579) would help low-income pregnant women as they prepare for the arrival of their new babies. The EBT Protection and Empowerment Act (AB 1614) would help families who receive public benefits avoid bank and ATM surcharges, ensuring that they can take care of basic needs. Both measures now await the Governor’s signature.
“These measures help parents provide basic necessities for their kids,” said Stone. “After many years of cutting safety net programs, the Legislature is finally passing legislation to help California’s most vulnerable families. I urge the Governor to sign these critical measures to fight childhood and multigenerational poverty.”