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January 21, 2022

Two-Year Bills Get Appropriations Hearings

Since the Legislature operates on a two-year session, bills that do not meet a deadline in the first year (2021) can be revived in the second year (2022). However, those bills have a significantly condensed timeline to clear the house they were introduced in. This means that any bill introduced in 2021, and still resides in the house that it was introduced in, must clear all house of origin policy and fiscal committees by Friday, January 21, 2022.

For this reason, both the Assembly and Senate Appropriations Committees met on Thursday morning to consider two-year bills and either approve and send them to the house floor or hold them in committee. Some of the community college bills that were approved by the committees that will be moving forward to the house floor for consideration include:

  • Assembly Bill (AB) 295 (Jones-Sawyer, D-South Los Angeles) would establish a working group consisting of representatives from each higher education segment to consider the creation of a pilot program that would cover the cost of attending college
  • AB 102 (Holden, D-Pasadena) would remove the sunset date for dual enrollment partnerships and authorize county offices of education to enter into dual enrollment partnerships with community college districts (CCDs)
    • ACCCA has a support position on this bill
  • AB 1187 (Irwin, D-Thousand Oaks) would provide that supervised tutoring for all credit and noncredit courses, as authorized pursuant to regulations adopted by the Board of Governors (BOG) by July 31, 2023, is eligible for state apportionment funding
    • ACCCA has a support position on this bill
  • AB 1232 (McCarty, D-Sacramento) wouldexempt the tuition fee for credit English as a second language courses for nonresident students who are an immigrant, refugee, asylee, or have settled and resided in California for less than one year
  • AB 1467 (Cervantes, D-Corona) would require, at all public colleges and universities, a sexual assault counselor to be independent from the campus Title IX office and be appointed based on experience and a demonstrated ability to effectively provide sexual violence victim services and response
  • AB 1505 (Rodriguez, D-Chino) would require the BOG to adopt regulations that require the fall 2023 full-time faculty obligation for each  CCD to be set to the actual full-time faculty number reported for fall 2022 and then annually adjusted
    • ACCCA has an oppose position on this bill
  • Senate Bill 641 (Skinner, D-Berkley) would require the Department of Social Services to post specified information on its website regarding CalFresh student eligibility and related data, to convene a workgroup that would submit a legislative report on how to improve the CalFresh application process, and to issue instructions about how county welfare departments are to process applications, reporting, and recertification

All of these two-year bills must clear their house of origin by Monday, January 31, 2022, or will be considered dead. This means that the Assembly and Senate will be considering these two-year bills on their respective house floors next week.

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