Legislative Update

View the legislative bills report here. (updated September 7, 2018)

September 13, 2018

Governor Signs Handful of Community College Bills

Governor Jerry Brown is currently combing through the hundreds of bills that were sent to him at the August 31 legislative deadline. While he has until September 30 to sign, veto, or allow a bill to become a law without his signature, he has already begun to take action on a number of bills including some significant community college measures. Some of the recent community college-related bills that he has signed include the following:

  • AB 1961 (Chapter 314, Statutes of 2018) requires each California institution of higher education to separately list the cost of institutionally operated housing and meal plans on all websites and documents it provides to students for purposes of advertising or otherwise displaying the student costs associated with institutionally operated housing
     
  • AB 2894 (Chapter 346, Statutes of 2018) provides postsecondary students an additional course of action if they are called to active military duty during an academic term and must withdraw from a course, including completing their course after returning to the institution
     
  • AB 2949 (Chapter 146, Statutes of 2018) extends the date by which a newly elected member of a school district governing board, county board of education, or community college district governing board is to assume office after an election

The provisions in these signed bills will take effect on January 1, 2019.

California Hosts Global Climate Action Summit

This week, California is hosting the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, which started on Wednesday and goes through Friday. The summit marks the first time a state has hosted an international climate change conference and comes ahead of the 24th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in December.

The Governor began the week by signing Senate Bill (SB) 100 (Chapter 312/Statutes of 2018) into law. SB 100 sets new environmental standards for California, including a 100% clean electricity goal for the state by 2045. The Governor simultaneously signed an Executive Order establishing a new state target to achieve carbon neutrality also by the year 2045.

On Wednesday, the Governor kicked off the Summit by welcoming China’s 120-plus attendees by delivering remarks at the opening of the China Pavilion in San Francisco. The Governor then held bilateral meetings with several Chinese leaders to discuss their ongoing partnerships and agreements, that were signed by the Governor in China last year, to expand cooperation on areas including climate, clean energy, and technology.

On Thursday, the Governor and fellow Summit co-chair Michael Bloomberg discussed key findings from the America’s Pledge Phase II Report, “Fulfilling America’s Pledge: How States, Cities, and Businesses Are Leading the United States to a Low-Carbon Future,” which evaluates the actions taken by cities, states, and businesses to measure the progress made by nonfederal action toward the U.S. target under the Paris Climate Accords. Later in the day, the Governor joined fellow U.S. Climate Alliance Governors from across the country at a press conference to announce a range of new climate and clean energy commitments as part of the bipartisan coalition of 17 governors committed to achieving the goals of the Paris Climate Accords.

The Summit, which will wrap up on Friday, and the signing of SB 100 are among the Governor’s latest actions to position California as a leader in battling climate change and defying President Trump’s climate policies.

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