MAY 13 2013, 10:29 AM ET
The state wants to protect lower- and middle-class families, but Republicans are calling it "one of the most dangerous pieces of legislation I've ever seen"
When California State Sen. Kevin de Léon talks about his plan to help people save for retirement, he usually starts by describing his Aunt Francisca, a housekeeper. "She's north of 70 and she still cleans homes," says de Léon. Francisca can't afford to retire because she has no savings. Even with help from Social Security, she struggles to make ends meet.