Several Significant Community College Bills Pass Out of the Assembly Higher Education Committee
On Tuesday, March 19, 2019, the Assembly Higher Education Committee, chaired by Assembly Member Jose Medina (D-Riverside), considered 11 measures including several community college bills. Some of the significant community college bills that passed out of the committee include:
- Assembly Bill (AB) 2 (Santiago, D-Los Angeles) would extend the California College Promise program to two years for qualified full-time students and would eliminate the requirement for qualified students to be considered “first time”
- AB 381 (Reyes, D-San Bernardino) would require that outreach programming provided to college students during their orientation include informing students about specified topics relating to intimate partner and dating violence
- AB 463 (Cervantes, D-Corona) would require the Chancellor’s office to develop and provide to community college districts specified materials designed to increase awareness of the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program among community college faculty members
- AB 500 (Gonzalez, D-San Diego) would require that community colleges provide at least six weeks of full pay for pregnancy-related leave of absence taken by academic and classified employees
- AB 595 (Medina) would authorize a California Community College (CCC) student enrolled in a CCC class, pursuant to an apprenticeship or internship training program, who lacks a social security number, to use an individual tax identification number for the purposes of any required background check by the class or program
ACCCA’s Commission for Finance and Legislative Advocacy (CFLA) will be considering positions on these bills and many more over the next week, and will communicate those positions to ACCCA members.
The Assembly Higher Education Committee won’t meet again until Tuesday, April 2, 2019, but its agendas as well as the Senate Education Committee agendas, will start to ramp up over the next month in order to meet legislative deadlines. Bills that have been keyed as fiscal will need to be approved in policy committees by April 26, 2019, while bills without fiscal effects will have until May 3, 2019, to meet the deadline.