Current law establishes the “Have a Heart, Be a Star, Help Our Kids” specialized license plate program. Current law establishes fees for those specialized license plates, including a $50 fee for initial license plates with a character sequence determined by the applicant and a $20 fee for initial license plates with a character sequence determined by the department. Current law requires those and other fees, less specified expenses, to be deposited in the Child Health and Safety Fund, and makes moneys in the fund available, upon appropriation, for child safety and licensing administration for child day care facilities. This bill would increase the fees for those initial “Have a Heart, Be a Star, Help Our Kids” license plates to $98 and $50, respectively.
AAP Positional Letter
April 2, 2018
Honorable Scott Wiener
Chair, Senate Human Services Committee
State Capitol, Room 5100
Sacramento, CA 95814
RE: SB 1158 (McGuire): Specialized license plates: “Have a Heart, Be a Star, Help Our Kids” license plate program
AAP-CA Position: Support
Dear Chair Wiener:
The American Academy of Pediatrics, California (AAP-CA), representing over 5,000 California pediatricians, supports proposed legislation SB 1158 (McGuire), which would modify the “Have a Heart, Be a Star, Help our Kids” license plate program so as to increase the amount of funds available, while also directing additional funds to child care licensee primary care and safety training program support, child abuse prevention, and other child health and safety concerns.
Child abuse is an epidemic problem in the United States, where child abuse is reported made every ten seconds—and countless other cases go unreported. Abuse has severe, long-term implications for the health and well-being of any child, with the life expectancy of children reporting six or more Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)—such as physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, substance abuse in the household, and others—an average of two decades shorter than their peers who reported none. Given these horrifying statistics, we must do everything we can not only to support victims of abuse, but also to prevent abuse before it happens.
SB 1158 (McGuire) would direct more funds towards abuse prevention and other child safety programs, thus reducing the number of children who have to bear the consequences of abuse for the rest of their lifetimes. It would also contribute towards additional training for child care licensees, so that these licensees could care for children to the best of their ability, while also making available more funds for other important child health and safety concerns.
Pediatrician members of AAP California Chapters 1, 2, 3 and 4 across the state strongly support proposed legislation SB 1158 (McGuire). Thank you for your public service and leadership on behalf of the health and wellbeing of children, youth, and families in California.
cc: Honorable Mike McGuire, author
Members of the Senate Human Services Committee
AAP-CA Leadership; Lobbyist Lydia Bourne