Legislative Bills Report
View the full list of bills here. (Updated as of 7/23/2021)
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.
AB 927 (Medina)
Title: Public Postsecondary Education: Community Colleges: Statewide Baccalaureate Degree Pilot Program
Status: Senate Appropriations Committee
Summary: This bill would repeal the July 1, 2026, sunset date for the Baccalaureate Degree Program, effectively making the program permanent. The bill would require, as part of the application and review process, the chancellor to ensure that a community college district is provided with two timelines in which to apply for a baccalaureate degree program and receive a response, that only 15 baccalaureate degree programs are approved during each application period allowing for a total of 30 baccalaureate degree programs per academic year, and that a minimum of 30 working days is taken to validate the submitted information and assess the workforce value of the proposed baccalaureate degree program. The bill would require the chancellor to consult with and seek feedback from the Chancellor of the California State University and the President of the University of California on proposed baccalaureate degree programs. The bill would also require a community college district to continue to offer an associate degree program in the same academic subject for which a baccalaureate degree program has been approved, unless the community college district has receive approval from the chancellor to eliminate the associate degree program.
ACCCA has supported the Baccalaureate Degree Program since its inception and has supported subsequent legislation to extend the program’s sunset date.
SB 457 (Portantino)
Title: Public Employee Retirement Systems: Investment Portfolios: Divestment from Turkey
Status: Assembly Public Employment and Retirement Committee
Summary: This bill would restructure the existing pooled state pension systems by requiring CalSTRS and CalPERS to provide separate, alternative investment portfolios to employers that wish to elect an investment portfolio that does not contain investments issued or owned by the government of the Republic of Turkey.
SSC Comment: ACCCA opposes this bill and has signed on to a coalition opposition letter because the measure would splinter the CalSTRS and CalPERS pension funds in an unprecedented way that would undermine the state’s buy-down of employer pension rates, create potential liability for employers based on portfolio choice, and sets a precedent that invites further splintering of our pension systems for future political issues.
AB 275 (Medina)
Title: Classified Community College Employees
Status: Assembly Floor - Concurrence
Summary: This bill would shorten the maximum length of a prescribed period of probation for a classified employee to six months or 130 days of paid service, whichever is longer. This change would not apply to a conflicting collective bargaining agreement entered into before January 1, 2022, until the expiration or renewal of that collective bargaining agreement.
SSC Comment: Assemblymember Medina introduced this same bill last year, but it never received a hearing—likely due to the Legislature significantly reducing their workload due to COVID-19.
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)
Title: Community Colleges: Part-Time Employees
Status: Senate Appropriations Committee - Suspense File
Position: Oppose Unless Amended
Summary: This bill would require community colleges, as a condition of receiving funding allocated for the Student Equity and Achievement Program, to negotiate in good faith with the exclusive representatives for parttime, temporary faculty on the terms of the reemployment preference for part-time, temporary faculty assignments and the regular evaluation process for part-time, temporary faculty. The 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, 2022, and for any community college that does not have a collective bargaining agreement in effect as of January 1, 2022, upon the effective date of the bill.
SCC Comment: This bill is a reintroduction of Assembly Bill 897, which was a two-year bill introduced in 2019 that passed the Assembly, but never received a hearing in the Senate. ACCCA had an “oppose unless amended” position on this bill.
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)
Title: School Employees: Classified Employees: Layoff Notice and Hearing
Status: Senate Appropriations Committee - Suspense File
Summary: This bill would extend the existing layoff protocols granted to certificated employees to classified employees. The bill would remove a district’s current ability to layoff classified employees (1) at the end of the year due to the expiration of a specifically funded program if notified by April 29; or (2) with a 60-day notice as a result in a reduction in service. In its place, a March 15 layoff notice would apply to classified employees as it does currently to certificated 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.
SB 278 (Leyva)
Title: Public Employees' Retirement System: Disallowed Compensation: Benefits Adjustments
Status: Assembly Appropriations Committee - Suspense File
Summary: After determining that compensation for an employee member reported by the state, school employer, or a contracting agency is disallowed, the bill would require the applicable employer to discontinue the reporting
of the disallowed compensation. The bill would require that contributions made on the disallowed compensation, for active members, be credited against future contributions on behalf of the state, school employer, or contracting agency that reported the disallowed compensation and would require that the state, school employer, or contracting agency return to the member any contributions paid by the member or on the member’s behalf.
This is a reintroduction of a bill from 2019 that passed the Legislature, but was withdrawn from the engrossing and enrolling phase and thus never presented to the Governor.