Guaranteed Income (GI) provides recurring, no-strings-attached cash payments to a targeted group of people or community. Unlike the traditional social safety net, Guaranteed Income has no work requirements or other restrictions that keep people from receiving aid. Guaranteed Income exists to strengthen the social safety net, not replace it. 

In 2022, California authorized the first statewide Guaranteed Income Pilot in the nation, which focused on two priority populations- pregnant people and former foster youth who have aged out of extended foster care. NCJW LA was honored to receive funding as one of the seven statewide pilots under this new GI program, housed under the California Department of Social Services (CDSS). NCJW LA’s GI program, Pregnancy Assistance Income with Dignity (P.A.I.D) provides direct cash assistance to pregnant people selected across Los Angeles County. 

Introduction of Guaranteed Income Study and Funding Act (AB 2263)

Continuing the groundbreaking work being done in California around GI, the Guaranteed Income Study and Funding Act (AB 2263) was first introduced by Assemblymember Laura Friedman (D-Burbank) on February 8, 2024. AB 2263 establishes a first-of-its-kind comprehensive, statewide Guaranteed Income Coordinating Council to study the needed infrastructure, funding mechanisms, and priority populations for a statewide guaranteed income program to alleviate poverty and promote economic well-being for all low-income Californians. 

AB 2263 has an accompanying budget ask of $500,000 authored by Assemblymember Friedman that would fund the creation of a Guaranteed Income Coordinating Council, the study, and would cover the costs of travel and missed wages for Guaranteed Income participants appointed to the Council. 

AB 2263 was jointly created by the NCJW|LA and Grace/End Child Poverty in California. Over 30 organizations, local governments, and county departments have filed support for AB 2263 with the California Assembly. There is no stated opposition to the bill. 

How a Bill Becomes a Law 
Photo Credit: California Capitol Museum
How a Bill Becomes a Law Photo Credit: California Capitol Museum

May 16, 2024: AB2263 Advances to Assembly Floor 

The bill passed the Appropriations Suspense File on May 16, 2024, and is now awaiting its third and final reading in the Assembly, which must happen by the end of the day Friday, May 24, 2024.

May 23, 2024: Advances to Senate 

AB 2263 successfully passed the Assembly on May 23, receiving 54 yes votes, and is now heading to the Senate. It will be heard in the Human Services Committee within the next two weeks.

We need your support to ensure AB 2263 makes it out of committee. Please submit a support letter for AB 2263 using the template and instructions. Submit your Support.

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