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Common Sense Legislative Ratings Launches by Highlighting Seven California Bills That Would Help Kids; Kids Advocacy Organization Will Also Highlight Bills That Would Harm Kids, Award Legislators for Being Kids' Heroes
SAN FRANCISCO, CA --(Marketwired - March 03, 2016) - Common Sense Kids Action announced today that it has launched a new initiative that will rate legislation based on how the potential law would help or harm kids. Common Sense Legislative Ratings will highlight, publicize, and advocate for bills that would significantly help kids -- and expose bills that would appreciably harm kids, including naming the special interests behind them.
"America's kids are our future, and they should unequivocally be the top priority for policymakers from California to Washington, D.C.," said James P. Steyer, CEO and founder of Common Sense. "Common Sense Legislative Ratings puts policymakers on notice that the public is watching to see if their actions are for kids or against kids -- and that they will be held accountable."
The initial release today includes "For Kids" ratings for seven bills that were introduced in California prior to the February 19 legislative deadline in Sacramento. The bills are:
In addition to these seven bills, Common Sense Kids Action awarded a "For Kids" rating to the bipartisan No Place Like Home legislative budget proposal that would address homelessness and help kids and families by repurposing Mental Health Services Act (Proposition 63) funds for a revenue bond to build permanent housing for chronically homeless persons with mental illness; provide funding for supportive housing in the shorter term; and reduce homelessness among families in the child welfare system.
Common Sense Kids Action will regularly highlight and update the ratings, including a paid and earned media campaign, and will utilize multiple advocacy tools to activate its parent and educator members. New bills may be added to -- or removed from -- the list as bills are amended through the legislative process. The ratings initiative will identify and track legislation in states all over the country as well as in Congress. At the end of the year, Common Sense Kids Action will highlight Kids' Heroes, legislators who have demonstrated they are "For Kids."
The Common Sense Kids Action staff and a team of policy advisors assign the ratings based on the organization's legislative agenda, which focuses on four key areas that provide the building blocks of opportunity for all kids and families:
Common Sense is an organization dedicated to helping kids thrive by empowering parents, teachers, and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids' lives. With over 65 million users and more than 300,000 registered educators, Common Sense has potential advocates in every home and school across the nation.
Common Sense Media, the organization's consumer platform, has published independent ratings and reviews of thousands of movies, TV shows, books, apps, websites, and video games; Common Sense Education helps teachers discover the best education technology tools; and Common Sense Kids Action, the advocacy arm, works with policymakers, business leaders, and other advocates across the nation to ensure that every child has the opportunity to succeed. For more information, visit www.commonsensemedia.org/kids-action.