Legislation is a critical function of the Riverside County Commission for Women in order to fulfill the role of advocates. One of the Commission's primary functions is to inform the Board of Supervisors on the impact of pending legislation on women and girls in California. The legislative agenda of the Commission is based on priority issues adopted by the Commissioners.
The Commission targets selected legislation intended to eliminate inequities for women and improve access to equal opportunities for all women and girls. The Commission's legislative priorities include but are not limited to:
- Increasing access to quality affordable child care for all families;
- Increasing access to health care;
- Improving conditions and services for sexually exploited minors, victims of human trafficking and incarcerated women and their families;
- Increasing protections for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and teen dating violence;
- Improving conditions and services for women veterans;
- Addressing the needs of older women;
- Promoting educational equity and economic justice;
- and increasing protections for women and children in family courts.