Assemblywoman Autumn R. Burke joins legislative colleagues in national Red Nose Day observance, champions her bill to ‘End Child Poverty in California’

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AB 1520 would lift 1 million children and families out of poverty over the next 20 years

SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Autumn R. Burke distributed red clown noses and orange End Child Poverty in California buttons to her fellow legislative colleagues in the state’s 80-member Assembly and 40-member Senate to mark today’s annual observance of Red Nose Day, a nonprofit charitable fundraising effort to end child poverty worldwide. Since its inception, Red Nose Day has raised over $1 billion globally to benefit children living in poverty.

Assemblywoman Burke took advantage of today’s Red Nose Day observance to tout her landmark legislation, AB 1520, to create a comprehensive framework for economic, education, social service, and health care programs that would address the needs of an estimated one-million children living in poverty in California.

Assemblywoman Burke said, “Red Nose Day draws attention to the critical needs of tens of millions of children around the globe that live in poverty. California’s economy ranks in the top 10 of major industrialized nations, yet our state is home to two-million children living in poverty. We have the highest child poverty rate in the country.”

“As a mother of a young child and a lawmaker, I’m firmly committed to the growing movement to End Child Poverty in California. I strongly urge my colleagues to join with me and organizations statewide in support of AB 1520. Let’s pass AB 1520. Let’s send it to the governor’s desk this year. California’s children are looking to us for leadership, caring and compassion,” she added.

AB 1520 is supported by Pasadena-based GRACE (Gather Respect Advocate Change Engage), Children Now, Bay Area Council, California State PTA, First 5 California, Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, Los Angeles-based St. John’s Well Child and Family Centers and the National Foster Youth Institute.

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CONTACT: Luis Quinonez, (916) 319-2062