Legislative Bills Report

View the full list of bills here. (Updated as of 10/4/19)

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: SCA 5 Taxation: School Districts: Parcel Tax
Author: Hill
Amended: 4/22/2019
Status: Senate Floor - Inactive File
Position: Support

Summary:

This bill would place a proposition on the ballot that would lower the parcel tax threshold for school and community college districts from two-thirds to 55%.

Letter of Support


Title: AB 30 Community Colleges: College and Career Access Pathways Partnerships
Author: Holden
Amended:8/30/2019
Status: Signed by the Governor, October 4, 2019
Position: Support

Summary:

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

  • Deleting 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
  • Allowing for units completed by a pupil to count towards determining a pupil’s registration priority for enrollment and course registration at a community college
  • Requiring 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
  • Extending the operation of the CCAP partnership provisions until January 1, 2027

Letter of Support

Request for Signature


Title: AB 500 School and Community College Employees: Paid Maternity Leave
Author: Gonzalez
Status: To Enrollment
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. 

Letter of Opposition 

Veto Request


Title: AB 48 Education Finance: School Facilities: Kindergarten Community Colleges Public Education Facilities Bond Acts of 2020 and 2022
Author: O'Donnell
Amended: 9/10/2019
Status: To Enrollment
Position: Watch

Summary:

AB 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
Author: Chiu
Amended: 5/9/2019
Status: Chapter 515, Statutes of 2019
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 is a reintroduction of last year’s Assembly Bill 1468, which was held in the Senate Appropriations Committee.


Title: AB 2 Community Colleges: California College Promise
Author: Santiago
Amended: 8/30/2019
Status: Signed by the Governor, October 4, 2019
Position: Watch

Summary:

This bill would make 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 would also allow 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 would 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.

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