Legislative Update

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January 14, 2022

Governor Newsom Unveils His 2022-23 Budget Proposal

On Monday, January 10, 2022, Governor Gavin Newsom released his proposal for the 2022-23 State Budget. ACCCA collaborated with the Chancellor’s Office, ACBO, and the League in a joint analysis of the Budget that can be found here.

The release of the 2022-23 State Budget proposal kicks off the months-long State Budget process. The Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee will hold their first hearing on the Governor’s proposal next Wednesday, January 19, 2022. The committee will hear a high-level overview of the State Budget proposal from representatives of the Department of Finance and Legislative Analyst’s Office. The Assembly Budget Committee’s overview hearing is scheduled for the following Wednesday, January 26, 2022. State Budget trailer bills, which provide the details and mechanics of the Budget proposals, are generally not available until early February.

However, since the Governor is asking the Legislature to take early action to allocate $1.4 billion to increase vaccination rates/expand testing and modify the COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave (SPSL), the trailer bill for that proposal is likely to be released sooner. As a reminder, the COVID-19 SPSL provided employees with up to 80 hours of COVID-19-related paid sick leave for themselves or a family member subject to quarantine or isolation, to attend a vaccine appointment, or if they were unable to work or telework due to vaccine-related symptoms. The leave was given pursuant to Senate Bill 95 (Chapter 13/2021), which expired on September 30, 2021.

Over the next several months, the Legislature will delve into the Governor’s 2022-23 State Budget proposal and discuss their own funding priorities. Governor Newsom will negotiate with members of the Legislature, and we will likely see many changes to the 2022-23 State Budget before the June 15 constitutional deadline for the Legislature to pass the Budget.

Two-Year Bills Get Policy Hearings

Since the Legislature operates on a two-year session, bills that do not meet a deadline in the first year (2021) can be revived in the second year (2022). However, those bills have a significantly condensed timeline to clear the house they were introduced in. This means that any bill introduced in 2021 with fiscal implications must clear policy committees by Friday, January 14, 2022. For this reason, both the Assembly Education and Higher Education Committees met this week to approve these two-year bills. Those with community college implications that were approved include:

  • Assembly Bill (AB) 295 (Jones-Sawyer, D-South Los Angeles) would establish a working group consisting of representatives from each higher education segment to consider the creation of a pilot program that would cover the cost of attending college
     
  • AB 102 (Holden, D-Pasadena) would remove the sunset date for dual enrollment partnerships and authorize county offices of education to enter into dual enrollment partnerships with community college districts
     
    • ACCCA has a support position on this bill
       
  • AB 1187 (Irwin, D-Thousand Oaks) would provide that supervised tutoring for all credit and noncredit courses, as authorized pursuant to regulations adopted by the Board of Governors (BOG) by July 31, 2023, is eligible for state apportionment funding
     
    • ACCCA has a support position on this bill
  • AB 1232 (McCarty, D-Sacramento) would exempt the tuition fee for credit English as a second language courses for nonresident students who are an immigrant, refugee, asylee, or have settled and resided in California for less than one year
     
  • AB 1505 (Rodriguez, D-Chino) would require the BOG to adopt regulations that require the fall 2023 full-time faculty obligation for each community college district to be set to the actual full-time faculty number reported for fall 2022 and then annually adjusted

All five of these bills must be approved by the Assembly Appropriations Committee by next Friday, January 21, 2022, and must clear the full Assembly by Monday, January 31, 2022.

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