Two bills authored by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, have passed off the Assembly floor, Jackson’s office announced Tuesday.
Senate Bills 280 and 228, approved with unanimous bipartisan support, seek to address the needs of California’s growing senior population.
Senate Bill 280 addresses home building standards to reduce the risk of falls for aging and disabled adults. Ms. Jackson’s bill wouldo modify home building standards through such features as widened doors, a bedroom and bathroom on the ground floor, grab bars in bathrooms and reachable heating and air conditioning controls, according to a press release.
Senate Bill 228 provides a policy framework for the Master Plan for Aging and Disabled Californians, established by Governor Gavin Newsom through executive order.
The bills now move to the Senate for final votes this week.
“By 2030, our older population will nearly double in California, bringing an increase of 4 million people over the age of 65. We owe it to them to ensure we are prepared to meet their needs and allow them to live safely at home for as long as possible. We cannot not leave our aging adults behind,” Ms. Jackson said.