About the California COVID-19 Farmworker Relief Package

Strawberry farmworkers are treated to a free lunch while also being provided tips on how to better care for themselves and their families when affected by COVID-19 by the Campesino Appreciation Caravan in Watsonville, Calif., on Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. The caravan is made up of community educators, families and young adults who have been coming to multiple fields in Watsonville to show their appreciation to the farmworkers since the middle of March.| Photo by David Rodriguez for the Salinas Californian

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Sponsored by: Assemblyman Robert Rivas (D-Hollister) and Eduardo Garcia (D- Coachella)

Includes five different pieces of legislation

AB 2043: Agriculture Workplace Health & Safety Act

  • Funds an outreach and informational campaign for farmworkers and improves tracking of complaints among agriculture workers

AB 2164: Telehealth for Rural and Community Health Centers Act

  • Deploys telehealth services for rural and community health centers

AB 2165: E-Filing and Rural Access to Justice Act

  • Expands the availability of electronic filing to all state trial courts, given that access to courthouses is often limited for many farmworker and rural communities

AB 1248: Buy California Agricultural Products

  • Ensures that all state institutions, including schools, purchase their agricultural products grown in California where possible

$25 million expansion of the California Farmworker Housing Assistance Tax Credit

  • Request for substantial expansion of the tax credit to incentivize new, permanent and safe housing for farm and other agricultural workers

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