The FCWPP Legislative Committee prepares a list of Legislative Priorities prior to legislative session (subject to approval by the Steering Committee). Throughout the year, it oversees the work of the Legislative Advocate (lobbyist) and responds to the everchanging progress of legislation in the Legislature. Alerts and Updates are sent to the activists list, providing information and asking for action, such as contacting legislators, participating in forums, and testifying at legislative hearings.
In recent years, much of FCWPP’s focus has been on issues of criminal justice, particularly concerning reentry of those leaving prison (such as provisions to help with housing and employment), civil rights (such as voting) for prisoners and ex-prisoners, sentencing reform (including a sentencing review board, reductions in sentence lengths, earned release, ending the sentence of life without the possibility of parole for juveniles, and three-strikes reform). Significant success has been achieved through the passage into law of the Re-entry bill SB6157 in 2007 and the Voting Rights Restoration bill HB 1517 in 2009, although the implementation of these laws still needs to be monitored carefully.
Significant effort has been focused in the 2010 session on economic justice, particularly support for adequate funding for programs such as General Assistance Unemployable (GAU), the Basic Health Plan (BHP), and other state programs that address the needs of those who are marginalized. FCWPP has strongly supported the adoption of new sources of revenue to maintain such programs, including -- in the longer time frame -- an income tax.
Other FCWPP efforts have centered on peace-related issues, such as the regulation of military and other recruitment in schools, environmental issues such as local responses to global challenges, and drug reform such as the decriminalization of marijuana.