Legislative Bills Report

View the full list of bills here.

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.

SCA 8 (Moorlach)
Title: Public Employee Retirement Benefits
Status: Senate Public Employment and Retirement Committee
Position: Oppose

Summary:
This measure would permit a government employer to reduce retirement benefits that are based on work not yet performed by an employee regardless of the date that the employee was first hired, notwithstanding other provisions of the California Constitution or any other law. The measure would prohibit it from being interpreted to permit the reduction of retirement benefits that a public employee has earned based on work that has been performed, as specified.


AB 17 (Holden)
Title: Transit Pass Program: Free or Reduced-Fare Transit Passes
Status: Assembly Transportation Committee
Position: Watch

Summary:
This bill would create the Transit Pass Program to be administered by the Department of Transportation. Monies made available for the program, upon appropriation by the Legislature, would support transit pass programs that provide free or reduced-fare transit passes to specified pupils and students, including students attending a California community college who qualify for a Board of Governor fee waiver.


SB 769 (Hill)
Amended: 4/17/2017
Title: Baccalaureate Degree Program
Status: Senate Education Committee
Position: Support

Summary:
The bill would increase the maximum number of district baccalaureate degree pilot programs from 15 to 30 programs. The bill would also extend the operation of the statewide baccalaureate degree pilot program until July 1, 2028.
 
This bill would limit the existing prohibition against offering a baccalaureate degree program or program curricula already offered by the University of California or the California State University to a district’s baccalaureate degree program or program curricula that is offered within 100 miles of the California State University’s or the University of California’s baccalaureate degree program or program curricula.

Support Letter


AB 568 (Gonzalez Fletcher)
Amended: 3/27/2017
Title: School and Community College Employees: Paid Maternity Leave
Status: Assembly Higher Education Committee
Position: Oppose

Summary:
This bill would require the governing board of a school district and a community college district to provide for at least six weeks of the leave of absence to be with full pay for an employee of the district who is required to be absent due to pregnancy, miscarriage, childbirth, and recovery therefrom.
 
This bill would prohibit this provision from diminishing the right of an employee of a school district to take, or be compensated during, other leaves of absence.

Letter of Opposition


SB 32 (Moorlach)
Amended: 3/2/2017
Title: California Public Employees' Pension Reform Act of 2018
Status: Senate Public Employment and Retirement Committee
Position: Watch

Summary:
As amended on March 2, 2017, this bill would enact the California Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2018 (PEPRA 2018). The bill, for an individual who becomes a member of any public retirement system for the first time on or after January 1, 2018 (and who was not a member of any other public retirement system prior to that date), would require the final compensation used to determine the member’s retirement benefits to be the highest annual pensionable compensation earned by the member during a period of at least five consecutive school years if applicable.
 
The bill would also provide that if the member leaves the employment of a public employer participating in a public retirement system and is subsequently reemployed by the public employer at least one year later, the member will be subject to the same terms and conditions applicable to an individual who becomes a member for the first time on the date of the member’s return, for service rendered on or after that date.   This bill would require the Board of Administration of the Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), on or before January 1, 2019, to develop and submit to the Legislature for approval a hybrid pension plan consisting of defined benefit and defined contribution components and would require the plan to be applied to members who elect to be subject to the plan or who are first employed by the state, a contracting agency, or a school employer and become members of the system on or after the approval of the plan by the Legislature.
 
This bill would require the CalPERS Board to determine what the level of the unfunded liability of CalPERS was in 1980 and would further require the Board to reduce the unfunded liability of CalPERS to that level, to be achieved by 2030. The bill, in any year in which the unfunded actuarial liability of CalPERS is greater than zero, would require the board to increase the employer contribution rate by 10%.


AB 405 (Irwin)
Title: Public Postsecondary Education: Community College Districts: Baccalaureate Degree Cybersecurity Pilot Program
Status: Assembly Higher Education Committee
Position: Support

Summary:
This bill would authorize the Board of Governors, in consultation with the California State University and the University of California, to establish a statewide baccalaureate degree cybersecurity pilot program at not more than ten community college districts, to be determined by the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges and approved by the Board of Governors.


SB 577 (Dodd)
Amended: 4/3/2017
Title: Public Postsecondary Education: Community College Districts: Teacher Credentialing Programs of Professional Preparation
Status: Senate Appropriations Committee
Position: Support

Summary:
This bill would authorize the Board of Governors, in consultation with the California State University and the University of California, to authorize a community college district to offer a teacher credentialing program.
 
The Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges would be required to develop, and adopt by regulation, a funding model for the support of teacher credentialing programs of professional preparation that is based on a calculation of the number of full-time equivalent students enrolled in all district teacher credentialing programs of professional preparation and would not exceed those charged at a comparable program of the California State University.

Support Letter


AB 52 (Cooper)
Title: Public Employees: Orientation and Informational Programs: Exclusive Representatives
Status: Assembly public Employment, Retirement, and Social Security Committee
Position: Oppose if Amended

Summary:
As introduced, this bill would require all public employers (including community college districts) to provide all employees with an orientation while permitting the exclusive representative of those employees to participate in the orientation.

SSC Comment:
Assembly Bill (AB) 52 is a simplified reintroduction of last year’s AB 2835, which ultimately was not approved by the Legislature. As introduced, AB 52 does not specify any additional requirements with respect to details and logistics of the orientation.

When AB 2835 was being considered by the Brown Administration, there was no sense of urgency to approve legislation that appeared to be in response to a potentially unfavorable Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association Supreme Court case outcome. With a Republican-controlled White House and Senate, the threat of the nomination and confirmation of a conservative justice that may side against unions in a similar case is much more intense and will likely pave the way for AB 52’s approval in 2017.

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