Senate Bill 18: Bill of Rights for Children


Last Updated: 1/27/17
Senate Bill 18: Bill of Rights for Children
Senator Pan

This bill would declare the intent of the legislature to expand and codify the Bill of Rights for Children and Youth of California.

The bill would establish a comprehensive framework that governs the rights of all children and youth in California, outlines the research-based essential needs of California’s children, and establishes standards relating to the health, safety, well-being, early childhood and educational opportunities, and familial supports necessary for all children to succeed.

The bill would declare the intent of the legislature, by January 1, 2022, to enact legislation for the purpose of ensuring that the Bill of Rights for Children and Youth of California, in its totality, is applied evenly, equitably, and appropriately to all children and youth across the state.

HSLDA's Position:

The wording in this first version of SB 18 is broad, vague, and complex. According to the bill, the state would become the enforcer of newly created children’s rights, such as a heathy and safe environment; social and emotional well-being; an appropriate and quality education; and appropriate and quality health care.

It could override the current constitutional law, which recognizes that parents have a fundamental legal right to direct the upbringing and education of their children.

It could result in violations of families’ fundamental legal rights to be secure in their homes against unreasonable state intrusion.

Action Requested:
None at this time

1-12-2017 Referred to Committee on Rules
12-06-2016 From Printer. May be acted upon or after January 5.
12-05-2016 Introduced. Read first time. To Committee on Rules for assignment.


Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 80 (Res. Ch. 101, Stats. 2009) declares the legislature’s support of a Bill of Rights for the Children and Youth of California that resolves to invest in all children and youth in order to achieve specified goals to create an optimal environment for their healthy development.

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