Legislative Bills Report

View the full list of bills here. (Updated as of 05/03/19)

As the legislative process progresses, we will continue to update this page with the bills that the CFLA has taken a stand on to support, watch or oppose.

Title: AB 30 Community Colleges: College and Career Access Pathways Partnerships
Author: Holden
Amended: 3/7/2019
Status: Assembly Appropriations Committee - Suspense File
Position: Support

Summary:

This bill makes various changes to the existing College and Career Access Pathways (CCAP) dual enrollment program:

  • Delete the requirement to present the dual enrollment partnership agreement as an informational item at a separate open public meeting before taking public comment and acting to approve or disapprove the proposed agreement
  • Units completed by a pupil may count towards determining a pupil’s registration priority for enrollment and course registration at a community college
  • Require the chancellor, on or before July 31, 2020, to revise the special part-time student application process to allow pupils to complete one application for the duration of their attendance at a community college as a special part-time student participating in a CCAP partnership agreement
  • Extend the operation of the program indefinitely

Letter of Support


Title: SB 291 Post-secondary Education: California Community College Student Financial Aid Program
Author: Leyva
Amended: 4/3/2019
Status: Senate Appropriations Committee - Suspense File
Position: Support

Summary:

This bill would establish the California Community College Student Financial Aid Program, which would provide need-based grant awards to eligible community college students who attend an eligible California Community College (CCC). Subject to an appropriation by the Legislature, the bill specifies that the program shall be administered by the Board of Governors of the CCC and implemented by the eligible CCC. The bill seeks to include $250 million in fiscal year 2019-20 and incrementally increase that amount by $250 million per year until the program reaches $1.5 billion in fiscal year 2024-25.

Letter of Support


Title: AB 1303 California Career Technical Education Incentive Grant Program: Strong Workforce Program
Author: O'Donnell
Amended: 4/1/2019
Status: Assembly Appropriations Committee - Suspense File 
Position: Watch

Summary:

This bill would eliminate the K-12 Strong Workforce Program under the umbrella of the California Community Colleges, and increases ongoing funding for the Career Technical Education Incentive Grant Program under the direction of the California Department of Education from $150 million to $450 million.


Title: AB 500 School and Community College Employees: Paid Maternity Leave
Author: Gonzalez
Status: Assembly Appropriations Committee - Suspense File
Position: Oppose

Summary:

This bill would require the governing board of a community college district, school district, and charter school to provide at least six weeks of a leave of absence with full pay for a certificated employee, or an academic employee, of the district or charter school who is required to be absent from duty because of pregnancy, miscarriage, childbirth, and recovery from those conditions. The bill would authorize the paid leave to begin before and continue after childbirth if the employee is actually disabled by pregnancy, childbirth, or a related condition.

SSC Comment: This bill is a reintroduction of Assembly Member Gonzalez’s AB 568 from 2017, which was vetoed by Governor Jerry Brown. This bill is one of a number of bills being reintroduced that were vetoed under Governor Brown’s tenure with the hope that it has a better chance of being signed into law under Governor Newsom.

Letter of Opposition 


Title: AB 897 Community Colleges: Part-Time Employees
Author: Medina
Amended: 3/12/2019
Status: Assembly Appropriations Committee - Suspense File
Position: Oppose Unless Amended

Summary:

This bill would require that negotiation on reemployment preference for part-time, temporary faculty assignments be based on the minimum standards not exceeding 80% to 85%, and would prohibit a community college district from restricting the terms of the negotiated agreement to less than that range, unless explicitly agreed upon by an individual part-time, temporary faculty member and the district. This bill would require the community college to commence the negotiation of these terms no later than the expiration of any negotiated agreement in effect on January 1, 2020, and for any community college that does not have a collective bargaining agreement in effect as of January 1, 2020, upon the effective date of the bill.

Letter to Oppose Unless Amended


Title: AB 48 Education Finance: School Facilities: Kindergarten Community Colleges Public Education Facilities Bond Acts of 2020 and 2022
Author: O'Donnell
Amended: 4/24/2019
Status: Assembly Higher Education Committee - Suspense File 
Position: Watch

Summary:

This bill would place the Kindergarten-Community Colleges Public Education Facilities Bond Acts on the statewide 2020 primary and 2022 general election ballots, to be operative only if approved by voters at the statewide elections. The size of the bonds are unspecified but would be allocated to the following K-12 programs:

  • New Construction
  • Modernization
  • Replacement of facilities older than 75 years
  • Joint Use
  • Remediation of Lead in Water
  • Charter School Facilities
  • Career Technical Education

The bill would require the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges to review and evaluate applications for capital outlay allocations of funds made available for community college facilities. The bill would also require the board of governors to annually prepare a capital outlay spending plan for recommended expenditures of funds pursuant to those bond acts.


Title: AB 302 Parking: Homeless Students
Author: Berman
Amended: 3/25/2019
Status: Assembly Appropriations Committee - Suspense File
Position: Oppose

Summary:

This bill would require a community college campus that has parking facilities on campus to grant overnight access to those facilities, on or before July 1, 2020, to any homeless student who is enrolled in coursework, has paid any enrollment fees that have not been waived, and is in good standing with the community college. The bill would also require the governing board of the community college district to determine a plan of action to implement this requirement.

Letter of Opposition


Title: SB 777 Community Colleges: Full-Time Instruction
Author: Rubio
Status: Senate Appropriations Committee - Suspense File
Position: Oppose

Summary:

This bill would require a Community College District (CCD) that has less than 75% of its hours of credit instruction taught by full-time instructors to make, at a minimum, an annual 10% reduction in the district’s deficit, defined as the gap between 75% of the total district credit hours taught and the total of those taught by full-time faculty. This bill would also require the Chancellor’s Office to annually compute and report by March 15 to each CCD its status with respect to progress toward the 75% goal, the additional hours of full-time faculty credit instruction needed to make a 10% improvement in the district’s deficit, and a conversion of the calculated hours to the number of full-time faculty required.

Letter of Opposition


Title: AB 943 Community Colleges: Student Equity Plans
Author: Chiu
Amended: 4/4/2019
Status: Assembly Floor - Consent
Position: Watch

Summary:

This bill would authorize the use of funding for the Student Equity and Achievement Program, up to $25,000 of apportionment funds per campus, for the provision of emergency student financial assistance if emergency student financial assistance is included in the college’s plan for intervention to students. The financial assistance would be provided to eligible students to overcome unforeseen financial challenges that would directly impact their ability to persist in their course of study.

SSC Comment: This bill is a reintroduction of last year’s AB 1468, which was held in the Senate Appropriations Committee.


Title: SB 568 Postsecondary Education: Student Housing: College-focused Rapid Rehousing Program
Author: Portantino
Amended: 4/23/2019
Status: Senate Appropriations Committee
Position: Support

Summary:

This bill would establish the College-Focused Rapid Rehousing Program, which would provide housing options for homeless students and would provide services to support homeless students in transitioning to stable housing and remaining enrolled in college, contingent upon the enactment of an appropriation of state funds for this purpose, to be implemented by the public segments of higher education if they choose to participate in the program.

Letter of Support


Title: AB 2 Community Colleges: California College Promise
Author: Santiago
Amended: 3/11/2019
Status: Assembly Appropriations Committee - Suspense File
Position: Watch

Summary:

This bill would authorize a community college to use California College Promise funding to waive fees for two academic years for full-time students and instead of specifying eligibility for first-time students, the bill would make any community college student who has previously earned a degree or certificate from a post-secondary educational institution ineligible from the program.

SSC Comment: Governor Gavin Newsom has proposed the same in his 2019-20 State Budget, appropriating $40 million for the program expansion.

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