Legislative Issues/ Public Affairs

BHW LIPA BITE – NEW CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO CARRY GUNS IN PUBLIC

On June 23, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the New York law that restricted carrying guns in public, stating that people have a right under the Constitution to carry weapons in public. Now gun restriction laws in states, including California, are in jeopardy. The Supreme Court decision also weakens the gun safety law that President Biden signed into law the same week.

 BHW LIPA BITE – SUPREME COURT CANCELS THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE

After almost 50 years of Roe v. Wade being the law providing a woman and a family the right to choose, on June 24, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the U.S. Constitution does not confer a right to abortion. The case Dobbs v. Mississippi Department of Health overturned Roe v. Wade, and starting immediately, states have either banned or substantially restricted abortions. In most of these states, performing an abortion is a crime punishable by up to 10 years in jail.

Arkansas: All abortions banned except to save the life of the mother.
Idaho and Texas: All abortions banned.
Mississippi: All abortions banned except when the mother’s life is at risk or if the pregnancy is the result of a rape and a formal charge is filed with the police.
Oklahoma: Abortions banned after 6 weeks (many women would not know they are pregnant at 5 or 6 weeks)
Wealthy people will still be able to choose by travelling to states that permit abortions. The poor and many minorities will not have the same access.

NPR Map of New Abortion Restrictions
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BHW (CA) LIPA SPOTLIGHT – Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Signed November 15, 2021

We are sharing another legislative milestone today. Our LIPA message will be posted to social media.   Go into your Facebook and Instagram accounts and hit "Like" and "Share".   We need to send this message out to the world. #BeverlyHilsWestLinks #WALinks #LinksInc #InfrastructureChangingLives 

President Biden signed the historic $1.2 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill on November 15, 2021, with our Link sister Vice President Kamala Harris at his side. After months of negotiations, Congress passed the bill on November 5, 2021, with 13 Republicans crossing party lines to vote with the majority of Democrats. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill is the largest infrastructure bill signed into law in United States history.
California will receive substantial dollars for infrastructure which will result in an increase in the number of jobs within the state. Specifically, monies are allotted for the following:
$25.3B - roads
$4.2B  -  bridges
$1.5B   - airports
$3.5B  - power grid (i.e., fire prevention; additional firefighters; "weatherization" of homes)
$3.5B  -  clean water (i.e., drought prevention)
$9.4B  - public transit (i.e., union station upgrade; metro purple line through West LA)
 
The bill includes $100m for internet infrastructure upgrades and $384m for electric charging stations. 
BHW LIPA SPOTLIGHT 
 
The House passed the $2 Trillion Build Back Better Bill  on November 19, 2020. Now, the bill will go to the Senate for debate. The bill  provides for:
 
Universal Pre-kindergarten
$555B for climate change
4-weeks paid leave
Expanded child tax credit
Child care subsidies
More money for Obamacare
Filling the Medicaid coverage gap
Negotiating drug prices
Medicare hearing benefit
SALT cap raised to $80k (deductions for state and local taxes)
Stock buyback surcharge
15% corporate minimum tax
 
We will post this on our BHW Links social media. Please post on yours using the hashtags: #BeverlyHillsWestLinksLegislativeSpotlight, #BetterFuturesforourPeople, #BuildBackBetterActforthePeople, #Changinglives #Vote, #GetInvolved
BHW LIPA SPOTLIGHT On November 19, 2021, our Link Sister Kamala Harris will become Acting President for a few hours while President Biden undergoes a colonoscopy. Under the 25th Amendment to the Constitution, President Biden signed a letter transferring presidential power to Vice President Harris. She is the first woman to hold this power. 

Our Link sister is making history AGAIN! Please post on your social media with:

#BHWLIPASpotlight, #LinksMakingHistory, #VicePresidentKamalaHarrisMakingHistory #VicePresidentKamalaHarriswithPresidentialPowerNovember19