Legislative Bills Report

View the full list of bills here. (Updated as of 9/06/19)

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: Senate Floor - Third Reading
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


Title: AB 1303 California Career Technical Education Incentive Grant Program: Strong Workforce Program
Author: O'Donnell
Amended: 6/24/2019
Status: Re-Referred to Assembly Education Committee 
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: 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. 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: 7/8/2019
Status: Senate Rules 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: 8/30/2019
Status: Senate Floor - Inactive File
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 July 1, 2021, to any homeless student who is enrolled in at least six 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, 2023. The bill would require the governing board of the community college district to determine a plan of action to implement this requirement. The provisions would not apply to a community college parking facility located within 250 feet of an elementary school.

The overnight parking facilities requirements would not apply to colleges providing at least one of the following specified homeless student housing services on or before July 1, 2021:

  • 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.

SSC Comment:

Assemblymember Berman announced that he is shelving this bill for 2019 due to the Senate Appropriations Committee amendments. The bill can be revived in 2020.

Letter of Opposition


Title: AB 943 Community Colleges: Student Equity Plans
Author: Chiu
Amended: 5/9/2019
Status: To Enrollment
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: SB 568 Postsecondary Education: Student Housing: College-focused Rapid Rehousing Program
Author: Portantino
Amended: 6/13/2019
Status: To Enrollment
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: 8/30/2019
Status: Senate Floor - Third Reading
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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