Legislative Bills Report

View the full list of bills here. (Updated as of 07/12/19)

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
Author: Holden
Amended: 5/16/2019
Status: Senate Appropriations Committee - Suspense File
Position: Support

Summary:

This bill makes various changes to the existing College and Career Access Pathways (CCAP) dual enrollment program:

  • Delete 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
  • Units completed by a pupil may count towards determining a pupil’s registration priority for enrollment and course registration at a community college
  • Require 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
  • Extend the operation of the program indefinitely

SSC Comment: This bill passed unanimously out of the Assembly Appropriations Committee and needs to pass out of the Assembly by May 31, 2019, the next major legislative deadline.

Letter of Support


Title: SB 291 Post-secondary Education: California Community College Student Financial Aid Program
Author: Leyva
Amended: 5/17/2019
Status: Assembly Higher Education Committee —Bill Did Not Meet Deadline—No Longer Being Reported
Position: Support

Summary:

This bill would establish the California Community College Student Financial Aid Program, which would provide need-based grant awards to eligible community college students who attend an eligible California Community College (CCC). Subject to an appropriation by the Legislature, the bill specifies that the program shall be administered by the Board of Governors of the CCC and implemented by the eligible CCC. The bill seeks to include $250 million in fiscal year 2019-20 and incrementally increase that amount by $250 million per year until the program reaches $1.5 billion in fiscal year 2024-25.

SSC Comment: This bill recently passed out the Senate Appropriations Committee and will need to pass out of the Senate by May 31, 2019, the next major legislative deadline.

Letter of Support


Title: AB 1303 California Career Technical Education Incentive Grant Program: Strong Workforce Program
Author: O'Donnell
Amended: 6/24/2019
Status: Senate Floor - Third Hearing
Position: Watch

Summary:

This bill originally would have eliminated the K-12 Strong Workforce Program under the umbrella of the California Community Colleges; however, since the author was not able to get the provisions of this bill into the 2019-20 State Budget Act he has gutted and amended its contents and the bill is no longer relevant to community colleges.


Title: AB 500 School and Community College Employees: Paid Maternity Leave
Author: Gonzalez
Status: Senate Appropriations Committee—Suspense File
Position: Oppose

Summary:

This bill would require the governing board of a community college district, school district, and charter school to provide 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 authorize the paid leave to begin before and continue after childbirth if the employee is actually disabled by pregnancy, childbirth, or a related condition.

SSC Comment: This bill is a reintroduction of Assembly Member Gonzalez’s AB 568 from 2017, which was vetoed by Governor Jerry Brown. This bill is one of a number of bills being reintroduced that were vetoed under Governor Brown’s tenure with the hope that it has a better chance of being signed into law under Governor Newsom.

Letter of Opposition 


Title: AB 48 Education Finance: School Facilities: Kindergarten Community Colleges Public Education Facilities Bond Acts of 2020 and 2022
Author: O'Donnell
Amended: 6/13/2019
Status: Senate Appropriations Committee
Position: Watch

Summary:

This bill would put K-14 school facilities bonds on the 2020 and 2022 ballots. The bill would include certain preschool facilities, add a matching requirement for the lead program, and set the 2020 bond amount at $13 billion (2022 bond amount still unspecified). The bonds would be allocated to the following K-12 programs:

  • New Construction
  • Modernization
  • Replacement of facilities older than 75 years
  • Joint Use
  • Remediation of Lead in Water
  • Charter School Facilities
  • Career Technical Education

The bill would require the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges to review and evaluate applications for capital outlay allocations of funds made available for community college facilities. The bill would also require the Board of Governors to prepare an annual capital outlay spending plan for recommended expenditures of funds pursuant to those bond acts.

The bill would also add provisions to the act to require the Department of General Services to process, and present to the State Allocation Board, all applications received under the act on and after July 1, 2020, within 120 days of receipt of the application.


Title: AB 302 Parking: Homeless Students
Author: Berman
Amended: 6/26/2019
Status: Senate Appropriations Committee
Position: Oppose

Summary:

This bill would require a community college campus that has parking facilities on campus to grant overnight access to those facilities, on or before April 1, 2020, to any homeless student who is enrolled in at least 6 units of coursework, has paid any enrollment fees that have not been waived, and is in good standing with the community college until December 31, 2022. The bill would require the governing board of the community college district to determine a plan of action to implement this requirement.

The overnight parking facilities requirements would not apply to colleges providing the following specified homeless student housing services on or before April 1, 2020:

  • Emergency grants that are necessary to secure, or prevent the imminent loss of housing
  • Hotel vouchers through a public agency or community organization
  • Rapid rehousing referral services

The bill would also require each community college that qualifies for the exemption to send a stand-alone email about these available services to all students at the beginning of each semester or quarter and include this information as part of any orientation for students describing the housing services that are available. Additionally, the bill would also require a housing assistance tab to be clearly visible and easily accessible from a drop-down menu on the community college’s home page.

The bill’s recent amendments would also require a community college district to:

  • Provide a form to the participating students that clearly and conspicuously indicates that the community college district cannot ensure the safety of a student who participates in overnight parking
  • Establish overnight parking rules that participating students must follow, including a zero-tolerance policy for use of drugs or alcohol
  • Establish a procedure for registering and verifying the identity of eligible students and their vehicles
  • Establish a procedure for identifying participating students who have engaged in behaviors that pose a substantial threat to the physical safety of other participating students and, as necessary, warning such students to correct their behavior or revoking their eligibility to participate in overnight parking
  • Develop a document that clearly and concisely describes the rules and procedures established and provide this document to the participating students

The amendments also stipulate that community college districts that comply with the bill’s requirements are not civilly liable for a district employee’s good faith act or omission that fails to prevent an injury to a participating student that occurs during the hours and operation of overnight parking. This immunity; however, does not apply to gross negligence, intentional misconduct, or violations of other provisions of law.

Letter of Opposition


Title: SB 777 Community Colleges: Full-Time Instruction
Author: Rubio
Amended: 5/17/2019
Status: Assembly Higher Education Committee—Bill Did Not Meet Deadline—No Longer Being Reported
Position: Oppose

Summary:

This bill would require, contingent upon an appropriation in the Budget Act or another statute for this purpose, a Community College District (CCD) that has less than 75% of its hours of credit instruction taught by full-time instructors to make, at a minimum, an annual 5% reduction in the district’s deficit, defined as the gap between 75% of the total district credit hours taught and the total of those taught by full-time faculty. This bill would also require the Chancellor’s Office to annually compute and report by March 15 to each CCD its status with respect to progress toward the 75% goal, the additional hours of full-time faculty credit instruction needed to make a 5% improvement in the district’s deficit, and a conversion of the calculated hours to the number of full-time faculty required.

Letter of Opposition


Title: AB 943 Community Colleges: Student Equity Plans
Author: Chiu
Amended: 5/9/2019
Status: Senate Appropriations Committee—Suspense File
Position: Watch

Summary:

This bill would authorize 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. The financial assistance would be provided to eligible students to overcome unforeseen financial challenges that would directly impact their ability to persist in their course of study.

SSC Comment: This bill recently passed out of the Assembly on a 75-0 vote (with 5 abstentions/absences) and will be referred to the Senate Education Committee shortly. As a reminder, the bill is a reintroduction of last year’s Assembly Bill 1468, which was held in the Senate Appropriations Committee.


Title: SB 568 Postsecondary Education: Student Housing: College-focused Rapid Rehousing Program
Author: Portantino
Amended: 6/13/2019
Status: Rereferred to Senate Education Committee
Position: Support

Summary:

Originally, this bill would have established the College-Focused Rapid Rehousing Program, but since the 2019-20 State Budget Bill provides a $9 million ongoing investment for a similar program, the author decided to gut and amend the bill and its provisions are no longer relevant to community colleges.

Letter of Support


Title: AB 2 Community Colleges: California College Promise
Author: Santiago
Amended: 5/16/2019
Status: Senate Appropriations Committee
Position: Watch

Summary:

This bill would authorize a community college to use California College Promise funding to waive fees for two academic years and would make a community college student who has previously earned a degree or certificate from a postsecondary educational institution ineligible for the fee waiver. The bill would authorize an institution to deem as full time, for the purposes of eligibility for a fee waiver, specified students who are not enrolled in 12 or more semester units. The bill would also require 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, with specified content.

SSC Comment: This bill recently passed out of the Assembly Appropriations Committee and needs to pass out of the Assembly by May 31, 2019, the next major legislative deadline. Governor Gavin Newsom signaled support for a second year of the program by proposing $45 million in his Budget proposal to support an additional year.

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