Legislative Bills Report
View the full list of bills here. (Updated as of 10/18/19)
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.
Title: AB 30 Community Colleges: College and Career Access Pathways Partnerships
Status: Chapter 510, Statutes of 2019
This bill makes various changes to the existing College and Career Access Pathways (CCAP) dual enrollment program including:
- Deletes the requirement to present the dual enrollment partnership agreement as an informational item at a separate open public meeting before taking public comment and acting to approve or disapprove the proposed agreement
- Allows for units completed by a pupil to count towards determining a pupil’s registration priority for enrollment and course registration at a community college
- Requires the Chancellor, on or before July 31, 2020, to revise the special part-time student application process to allow pupils to complete one application for the duration of their attendance at a community college as a special part-time student participating in a CCAP partnership agreement
- Extends the operation of the CCAP partnership provisions until January 1, 2027
Title: AB 500 School and Community College Employees: Paid Maternity Leave
Status: Vetoed by the Governor
This bill would have required the governing board of a community college district, school district, and charter school to have provided at least six weeks of a leave of absence with full pay for a certificated employee, or an academic employee, of the district or charter school who is required to be absent from duty because of pregnancy, miscarriage, childbirth, and recovery from those conditions. The bill would have authorized the paid leave to begin before and continue after childbirth if the employee is actually disabled by pregnancy, childbirth, or a related condition.
The Governor’s veto message states in part:
This bill requires K-12 schools, charter schools and community college districts to provide certificated, classified, and academic employees at least six weeks of leave with full pay for pregnancy or a related condition in addition to any and all other available leaves of absence. Providing every California worker with paid family leave is a noble goal and a priority for my administration. However, this bill will likely result in annual costs of tens of millions of dollars that should be considered as part of the annual budget process and as part of local collective bargaining. Moreover, this proposal should be considered within the broader context of the Paid Family Leave Task Force, which is assessing increased paid family leave for all of California’s workers.
Title: AB 48 Education Finance: School Facilities: Kindergarten Community Colleges Public Education Facilities Bond Acts of 2020 and 2022
Status: Chapter 530, Statutes of 2019
Assembly Bill 48 would place a K–16 facilities bond on the 2020 primary election ballot for voter approval. If approved, the bond would provide $9 billion to K–12, $2 billion for the California Community Colleges,
$2 billion for the California State University, and $2 billion for the University of California. For the community college bond program, funds may be used for:
- Construction on existing campuses, including the construction of buildings and the acquisition of related fixtures
- Construction of intersegmental facilities
- Renovation and reconstruction of facilities
- Site acquisition
- Equipping of new, renovated, or reconstructed facilities, which equipment shall have an average useful life of ten years
- Payment of preconstruction costs, including, but not limited to, preliminary plans and working drawings for facilities
In its annual request for bond funds, the California Community College system will prioritize the seismic retrofitting needed to significantly reduce, in the judgment of the particular college, seismic hazards in buildings identified as high priority by the college.
AB 48 also increases local bonding capacity for community college districts from 2.5% to 4%. The measure also requires a performance audit of any project funded in whole or in part with bond funds from the 2020 bond. However, a performance audit required by any other law will be deemed to meet this requirement. Moreover, the bill requires all projects seeking funding from the 2020 bond to be presented during a regularly scheduled and noticed public board meeting to solicit public input. The board meeting can occur at the same public hearing during which the board will take action on any project.
Title: AB 943 Community Colleges: Student Equity Plans
Status: Chapter 515, Statutes of 2019
This bill authorizes the use of funding for the Student Equity and Achievement Program for the provision of emergency student financial assistance if emergency student financial assistance is included in the college’s plan for intervention to students. Financial assistance is provided to eligible students to overcome unforeseen financial challenges that directly impacts their ability to persist in their course of study.
SSC Comment: This bill is a reintroduction of last year’s Assembly Bill 1468.
Title: AB 2 Community Colleges: California College Promise
Status: Chapter 509, Statutes of 2019
This bill makes a community college student who has previously earned a degree or certificate from a postsecondary educational institution ineligible for the California College Promise fee waiver. The bill also allows a student enrolled in fewer than twelve units to be deemed “full time” at the discretion of the institution if the student has been certified as “full time” by a staff person in the disabled student services program at an institution who is qualified to make such a designation. Additionally, the bill requires the Chancellor’s Office to submit a report to the Legislature on or before July 1, 2024, evaluating the use of funding for the California College Promise to waive student fees.