February 26, 2021
ACCCA Takes Positions on Seven Bills
Last Friday, February 19, 2021, was the bill introduction deadline for the first year of the 2021–22 Legislative Session. Legislators introduced just under 2,400 bills, which signals that the Legislature is planning on conducting a more normal legislative calendar and bill workload as COVID-19 infection rates continue to decline and vaccination rates increase.
On Tuesday, February 23, 2021, ACCCA’s Commission for Finance, Legislation and Advocacy (CFLA) took positions on seven bills with implications for community colleges:
Bills that ACCCA Supports
- Assembly Bill (AB) 102 (Holden, D-Pasadena) would eliminate the 2027 sunset date for College and Career Access Pathways (CCAP) partnerships, or dual enrollment programs.
- AB 103 (Holden) would allow county offices of education (COEs) to participate in CCAP partnerships. CFLA took a support position on this bill because it would expand access to dual enrollment programs to juvenile court students, who attend programs run by COEs. CFLA took a support position on these two bills, consistent with ACCCA’s historical support of CCAP partnerships.
- AB 927 (Medina, D-Riverside) would repeal the July 1, 2026, sunset date for the Baccalaureate Degree Program, effectively making the program permanent. The bill would also repeal the provision that limits the program to 15 community college districts, repeal the provision that limits districts from offering more than one program within their district, and includes additional requirements for the documentation regarding unmet workforce needs. ACCCA has supported the Baccalaureate Degree Program since its inception and has supported subsequent legislation to extend the program’s sunset date.
Bills that ACCCA Opposes
- AB 275 (Medina) would shorten the maximum length of a prescribed period of probation for a classified employee to 6 months or 130 days of paid service, whichever is longer. ACCCA has long taken the position that these types of issues are best handled at the local level and that local bargaining agreements should decide these issues and they should not be mandated by the state.
- AB 375 (Medina) 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. CFLA chose to take an oppose unless amended position on this bill because it would infringe upon the local authority of community college districts to collectively bargain their own paid leave provisions at the district level.
- AB 438 (Reyes, D-Grand Terrace) would extend the existing layoff protocols granted to academic employees to classified employees and remove a local educational agencies current ability to layoff classified employees at the end of the year due to the expiration of a specifically funded program if notified by April 29 or with a 60-day notice as a result in a reduction in service, and instead, a March 15 layoff notice would apply to classified employees as it currently does to academic employees. CFLA chose to oppose this bill because it would fundamentally change the layoff processes for classified employees and would make it more difficult for community college districts to make critical staffing decisions.
- Senate Bill 205 (Leyva, D-Chino) would require a certificated or classified school employee, and an academic or classified community college employee, who exhausts all available sick leave and continues to be absent from duties on account of illness or accident for an additional period of five months to receive the employee’s full salary during those five months. CFLA took an oppose position because this bill could be significantly costly to community college districts and could lead to districts needing to hire long term temporary employees to fill these positions.
We will continue to provide updates on these bills and other as they move through the legislative process this year.