CA New Chaptered Homeless Laws

Three new laws affecting the homeless (effective at different dates) were chaptered into law in California at the end of September 2014.
AB 1733 (Quirk-Silva) – Public Records: Fee Waiver
1) Require the DMV to issue, without a fee, an identification card (an original or replacement card)  to an applicant who certifies that he or she is a homeless person or homeless youth.
2) Requires the county registrar or recorder to issue, without a fee, a birth certificate to an applicant who certifies that he or she is a homeless person or homeless youth.
AB 1806 (Bloom) – Pupil Services: Homeless Children & Youth
1) Notify the school’s Homeless Youth liaison of a suspension or expulsion hearing of a homeless youth
2) If a homeless youth transfers schools after their sophomore year, they can keep the same graduation requirements as their previous school.  (Some schools have additional graduation requirements than others.)
3) If a homeless youth transfers schools, the school will be able to award partial or full course credit for classes taken at their old school. (No restriction on  when the youth transfers.).
SB 761 (DeSaulnier) – Voluntary Tax Contributions – Homeless Youth School Supplies
This bill would instead require money in the School Supplies for Homeless Children Fund, upon appropriation by the Legislature, to be allocated to the State Department of Education for distribution to a nonprofit organization, exempt from taxation, for the sole purpose of assisting pupils in California pursuant to the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act by providing grants of school supplies and health-related products to partnering learning education agencies, as provided.

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