Legislative Update

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February 16, 2018

Legislative Bill Deadline

Friday, February 16, 2018, is the deadline for legislators to introduce any measures to be considered in the final year of the 2017-18 legislative session. As of this writing, there have been 1,069 bills introduced in the Assembly, while Senators have introduced 487 bills.

Below are summaries of a few community college related bills that have been introduced so far:

  • Assembly Bill (AB) 1805 (Irwin, D-Thousand Oaks)—This bill would require a community college district (CCD) to provide public notice of its policies regarding the placement of students, and would require the notice to include the CCD’s placement policies regarding threshold scores required on specified assessments, required grades in specific high school courses, a required high school grade point average, and recommendations by an instructor or counselor
  • AB 1935 (Irwin)—This bill would provide that supervised tutoring for degree-applicable and transfer-level courses, as authorized pursuant to regulations adopted by the Board of Governors, is eligible for state apportionment funding
  • AB 2012 (Medina, D-Riverside)—This bill would require, regardless of the type of differential pay system used by a CCD or school district, a person employed in an academic position and a classified employee to receive no less than 50% of his or her regular salary for the remaining portion of the 12-workweek period of parental leave
  • AB 2248 (McCarty, D-Sacramento)—This would, commencing with the start of the 2022-23 academic year, define “full time” for purposes of determining Cal Grant eligibility to mean 15 or more semester units, or 30 or more units in an academic year, or the equivalent
  • Senate Bill (SB) 968 (Pan, D-Sacramento)—This measure would require the Trustees of the California State University, the governing board of each CCD, and the governing body of each independent institution of high education that is a qualifying institution, and request the Regents of the University of California, to hire one full-time equivalent mental health counselor per 1,000 students at each of their respective campuses to the fullest extent consistent with state and federal law

Despite legislators already introducing more than 1,500 bills since January 3, 2018, there will surely be a number of additional measures introduced before the Senate and Assembly desks close on Friday, as typically the final days of the bill introduction deadline are a frenzy of activity. In a two-year session, Assembly Members are able to introduce up to 50 bills and constitutional amendments (an increase of 10 from the previous legislative session), while Senators can introduce up to 40 bills (not including constitutional amendments).

Many bills are introduced as placeholders, meeting the deadline to introduce legislation, but without substance at this point in the process. This buys legislators time to finish deciding their legislative agenda for the year. We will continue highlighting significant legislation that was introduced on the deadline and as they are amended over the next few weeks.

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