Legislative Bills Report
View the full list of bills here. (Updated as of 9/17/2021)
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.
AB 927 (Medina)
Title: Public Postsecondary Education: Community Colleges: Statewide Baccalaureate Degree Pilot Program
Status: To Enrollment
Summary: This bill would repeal the July 1, 2026, sunset date for the Baccalaureate Degree Program, effectively making the program permanent. The bill would require, as part of the application and review process, the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) to ensure that a community college district (CCD) is provided with two timelines in which to apply for a baccalaureate degree program, that only 15 baccalaureate degree programs are approved during each application period (allowing for a total of 30 baccalaureate degree programs per academic year), that the total number of baccalaureate degree programs offered by a CCD does not exceed 25% of the total number of associate degree programs offered by the CCD, and that a minimum of 30 working days is taken to validate the submitted information and assess the workforce value of the proposed baccalaureate degree program.
The bill would require the Chancellor’s Office to consult with and seek feedback from the Chancellor of the California State University (CSU), the President of the University of California (UC), and the President of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities on proposed baccalaureate degree programs. Additionally, the bill would allow the CSU and UC to file a formal complaint to the Chancellor’s Office if they feel a program is duplicative of one at the UC or CSU. Upon receipt of written objections, the Chancellor has 30 working days to convene with the applicant and the segment that raised the objection to collaborate and establish a written agreement before the program is approved.
Finally, the bill would also require a CCD to continue to offer an associate degree program in the same academic subject for which a baccalaureate degree program has been approved, unless the CCD has received approval from the CCCCO to eliminate the associate degree program.
ACCCA has supported the Baccalaureate Degree Program since its inception and has supported subsequent legislation to extend the program’s sunset date.
SB 457 (Portantino)
Title: Public Employee Retirement Systems: Investment Portfolios: Divestment from Turkey
Status: Assembly Public Employment and Retirement Committee - Bill Did Not Meet Deadline
Summary: This bill would restructure the existing pooled state pension systems by requiring CalSTRS and CalPERS to provide separate, alternative investment portfolios to employers that wish to elect an investment portfolio that does not contain investments issued or owned by the government of the Republic of Turkey.
SSC Comment: ACCCA opposes this bill and has signed on to a coalition opposition letter because the measure would splinter the CalSTRS and CalPERS pension funds in an unprecedented way that would undermine the state’s buy-down of employer pension rates, create potential liability for employers based on portfolio choice, and sets a precedent that invites further splintering of our pension systems for future political issues.
AB 275 (Medina)
Title: Classified Community College Employees
Status: To Enrollment
Summary: This bill would shorten the maximum length of a prescribed period of probation for a classified employee to six months or 130 days of paid service, whichever is longer. The only exception is, a full-time peace officer or public safety dispatcher employed by a community college district operating a dispatch center certified by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training would be required to serve a probationary period of not less than one year of paid service from their date of appointment to that full-time position to be designated as a permanent employee of the district. These changes would not apply to a conflicting collective bargaining agreement entered into before January 1, 2022, until the expiration or renewal of that collective bargaining agreement.
As recently amended, this bill would provide that, to receive permanent classified service status, full-time peace officers and public safety dispatchers employed by a community college district operating a dispatch center certified by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training would be required to serve in a probationary status for a period not less than one year from their date of appointment to that full-time position. These changes would not apply if a collective bargaining agreement entered into before January 1, 2022, conflicts with this provision until the expiration or renewal of that collective bargaining agreement.
ACCCA has long taken the position that these types of issues are best handled at the local level and that local bargaining agreements should decide these issues and they should not be mandated by the state.
AB 375 (Medina)
Title: Community Colleges: Part-Time Employees
Status: To Enrollment
Position: Oppose Unless Amended
Summary: This bill would change the maximum time a part-time, temporary employee may teach, without becoming a contract employee, to 85% of the hours per week of a full-time employee having comparable duties. This bill would also require community colleges, as a condition of receiving funding allocated for the Student Equity and Achievement Program, to negotiate in good faith with the representatives for part-time, temporary faculty on the terms of the reemployment preference for part-time, temporary faculty assignments and the regular evaluation process for part-time, temporary faculty. The bill would require that negotiation on reemployment preference for part-time, temporary faculty assignments be based on the minimum standards not exceeding 80% to 85%, and would prohibit a community college district from restricting the terms of the negotiated agreement to less than that range, unless explicitly agreed upon by an individual part-time, temporary faculty member and the district. This bill would require the community college to commence the negotiation of these terms no later than the expiration of any negotiated agreement in effect on January 1, 2022, and for any community college that does not have a collective bargaining agreement in effect as of January 1, 2022, upon the effective date of the bill.
SCC Comment: The bill was amended to include language stating it was not the Legislature’s intent to require a community college district to increase the number of available part-time, temporary faculty assignments as a result of any increase to the minimum standards. However, that language does not change the fact that the bill would increase the minimum standards to 80-85% of a percent of a full-time equivalent load.
CFLA chose to take an oppose unless amended position on this bill because it would infringe upon the local authority of community college districts to collectively bargain their own paid leave provisions at the district level.
AB 438 (Reyes)
Title: School Employees: Classified Employees: Layoff Notice and Hearing
Status: To Enrollment
Summary: This bill would extend the existing layoff protocols granted to academic employees to permanent classified employees. The bill would remove a district’s current ability to layoff permanent classified employees (1) at the end of the year due to the expiration of a specifically funded program if notified by April 29; or (2) with a 60-day notice as a result in a reduction in service. In its place, a March 15 layoff notice would apply to permanent classified employees as it does currently to academic employees. The bill also says that if a classified position must be eliminated as a result of the expiration of a specially funded program, the bill would require written notice of the layoff date and that certain rights be given to the classified employees no less than 60 days before the effective layoff date.
CFLA chose to oppose this bill because it would fundamentally change the layoff processes for classified employees and would make it more difficult for community college districts to make critical staffing decisions.
SB 278 (Leyva)
Title: Public Employees' Retirement System: Disallowed Compensation: Benefits Adjustments
Status: To Enrollment
Summary: This bill would provide that, when a retiree’s California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) pension is reduced postretirement, due to the inclusion of compensation agreed to under a collective bargaining agreement that is later determined to be non-pensionable, the public employer must cover the difference between the pension as originally calculated and as reduced by CalPERS.
SSC Comment: A nearly identical version of this bill was vetoed by former Governor Jerry Brown in 2018 and another version was withdrawn from engrossing and enrolling by Senator Leyva in 2019.