Accomplishments

2019 LEGISLATIVE SUMMARY

AB 1 – California Youth Football Act – (Establishes first in the nation safety standards for youth tackle football)

AB 3 – Cannabis Sales to Minors (Strengthens penalties for cannabis sales to minors)

AB 126 – Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (Increases clean vehicle rebates for low-income individuals to increase adoption of clean vehicles in disadvantaged communities and combat poor air quality)

AB 137 – Levee Protection (Strengthens protections against unauthorized excavations, cuts, alterations, or destruction of the levee system)

AB 141 – Golden State Killer (Assists local law enforcement with extraordinary costs related to the Golden State Killer case)

AB 149 – Prescription Forms (Allows patients to access medication without delay while pharmacies transition to more secure prescription forms)

AB 150 Foster Youth Education Success (Eliminates barriers for foster youth seeking to complete a high school diploma)

AB 271 – Pay Equity (Eliminates wage disparities based on race, ethnicity, or prior salary history in state employment)

AB 346 – Disability Leave of Absence – (Extends temporary disability leave of absence benefits to all police officers employed by a K-12 or community college district)

AB 760 – Home to School Transportation – (Equalizes funding levels for school transportation)

AB 851 – Drug Masking Products – (Bans the sale of products intended to mask traces of illegal substances in urine tests)

AB 1033 – State Employment: Benefits of Employment – (Requires state employers to provide prospective employees with employment benefit information)

DISTRICT BUDGET ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

South Sacramento – Summer Night Lights Program
Secured $750,000 in funding to support Summer Night Lights programming in South Sacramento which provides free food, activities, educational and resourceful workshops targeted at parents, young adults, and children.  By creating a safe environment, the program has fostered community growth and trust, resulting in a reduction in violence and increase in kids and families participating in the program.

Elk Grove – Elk Grove Food Bank 
Secured $4 Million in State assistance for the Elk Grove Food Bank to establish a permanent facility. Elk Grove Food Bank has served the community since 1974, growing from one program to 16 programs. Currently, more than 800 volunteers distribute food to over 5,700 people each month, including families, seniors, persons with disabilities, and the homeless.

Lodi – Cyber Security 
Secured $500,000 in funding to the City of Lodi to fund upgrades that will secure the city’s computer system and strengthen against cybersecurity threats. 

Galt – Parks and Recreation 
Secured $1.7 Million for Walker Community Park in Galt.  The funding will assist in the addition of two youth baseball/softball fields, a restroom/maintenance building, a parking lot and completion of roadway improvements.

Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Forces
Secured multi-year funding for 5 task forces across the state dedicated to the investigation and prosecution of individuals involved in child abuse and exploitation involving the Internet.

 

WOMEN’S ISSUES:

AB 196 (Gonzalez): 100% Paid Family Leave
Ensures workers utilizing the state’s Paid Family Leave (PFL) program can receive 100 percent wage replacement during the period of their leave.

SB 464 (Mitchell): Dignity in Pregnancy and Birth Act
Recognizes and addresses clear inequities in pregnancy and birth outcomes for black women and children by requiring implicit bias training for all perinatal providers in hospitals and birthing clinics; also requires data collection by the Department of Public Health.

AB 577 (Eggman): Medi-Cal Maternal Mental Health
Extends Medi-Cal postpartum care from 60 days to one year for women diagnosed with a maternal mental health disorder, ensuring no gap in coverage and maintaining continuity of care.

AB 629 (Smith): Human Trafficking: Victim Compensation Program
Creates parity within the California Victim Compensation Program for victims of human trafficking by allowing them to receive compensation for their direct economic losses.

SB 24 (Leyva):  Public University Student Health Centers: 
Requires student health centers (SHC) located on a campus within the University of California (UC) or California State University (CSU) that provide primary health care services to students, after January 1, 2023, to offer abortion by medication techniques onsite. Requires the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls (CCSWG) to administer the College Student Health Center Sexual and Reproductive Health Preparation Fund (Fund), which is established by this bill for the purposes of providing private moneys to public university SHCs for medication abortion readiness.

AB 865 (Reyes) Resource Families: Training
Ensures children who have experienced or are at risk of experiencing human trafficking receive the care they need. Foster care providers will now be required to receive training to provide appropriate care to exploited and trafficked minors.

AB 942 (Weber) CalFresh: Restaurant Meals Program
Expands access to hot and prepared food choices for people experiencing homelessness, disabilities, and old age through a statewide expansion of the CalFresh Restaurant Meals Program.

AB 1264 (Petrie-Norris) Access to Reproductive Care
Reduces unnecessary barriers and requirements to accessing birth control from Planned Parenthood by clarifying that birth control can be prescribed via teleconference without a video chat, allowing people to safely access birth control through a phone app which will expand access to birth control in California.

SB 160 (Jackson) Emergency Services: Cultural Competence
Ensure that emergency response plans reflect the needs of diverse Californians. Requires emergency planning to be culturally competent by incorporating qualified representatives and interpreters in all emergency communications.

SB 495 (Durazo) Bias-Free Child Custody Child Act 
Makes sure that sex, gender expression, gender identity or sexual orientation of a caregiver has nothing to do with that person’s ability to love and care for a child. This new law will make it easier for every child to have a loving family.

 

LABOR/WORKERS RIGHTS:

AB 5 (Gonzalez): Disrupt Inequality and Rebuild Middle Class 
Codify Dynamex Decision to Expand Workers’ Rights. Misclassification of workers has been a driver of income inequality, declining union density, and diminishing worker power. Millions of workers misclassified as contractors could have employment status restored by this court decision. We will codify this decision and use it to rebuild the middle class.

AB 485 (Medina): Invest in Good Jobs 
Require Transparency & Accountability for Local Subsidies to Distribution Centers. Any company seeking local taxpayer subsidies must disclose the number and quality of jobs it will create and will have to report annually in public meetings for accountability of public funds.

AB 51 (Gonzalez): Access to Justice Stop Forced Arbitration of Workers’ Rights
Prohibits employers from requiring workers to sign away their rights as a condition of employment.

AB 1066 (Gonzalez): Support Striking Workers 
Eligibility for Unemployment Benefits for Strikes & Lockouts. Workers locked out or on strike must keep paying bills and providing for their families. This bill will allow them to access UI benefits during a prolonged strike or on any lockout.

AB 171 (Gonzales): Employment: Sexual Harassment Protection
Places additional sexual harassment protections to protect against retaliation within the Labor Code.

AB 1677 (Weber): Call centers: protections
Requires call center employers to provide notice to the Labor Commissioner 120 days before a planned relocation to another state or foreign country and makes those employers ineligible for state grants or loans for five years.

AB 418 (Kalra): Stronger Unions – Protect Confidential Communication
When union members confide sensitive information to their union representative, they have every expectation that the conversation will remain private. This bill will ensure that confidential communications shared with a union representative remain privileged and confidential.

AB 1124 (Maienschein): Worker Safety During Wildfires 
Clear Rules to Protect Workers from Toxic Smoke. Directs Cal/ OSHA to develop a standard to clarify the obligations on employers to protect outdoor workers from toxins due to wildfires.

AB 673 (Carrillo) Failure to Pay Wages: Penalties
Allows a worker to pursue a statutory penalty owed to them for late wage payment through an administrative process known as a Berman Hearing.

 

HEALTH:

AB 731 (Kalra) & AB 1611 (Chiu): Make Health Care Affordable  
Control Rising Costs. Expands existing rate review for health plans and will cap the rates hospitals can charge for out-of-network emergency room services while also prohibiting surprise billing of patients.

SB 10 (Beall): Mental Health Peer Support
Requires the inclusion of peer support specialist services as a distinct service type for purposes of Medi-Cal, which may be provided to eligible Medi-Cal beneficiaries who are enrolled in either a Medi-Cal managed care plan or a mental health plan (MHP).

SB 227 (Leyva): Healthcare Facilities: Inspections and Penalties
Requires the Department of Public Health (DPH) to conduct periodic inspections to inspect compliance with nurse-to-patient ratio regulations that are not announced in advance, and establishes administrative penalties specific to violations of the nurse-to-patient ratios.

AB 204 (Wood): Hospitals: Community Benefits Plan Reporting
Revises the not-for-profit hospital community benefit law reporting requirements by, among other provisions, adding a definition of charity care, requiring small and rural hospitals (currently exempt from the community benefit reporting law) to comply with the law if they are part of a hospital system, and requiring the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) to annually prepare a report on the amount each hospital spent on community benefits, including the amount attributable to charity care.

AB 1275 (Santiago): Mental health Services: County Pilot Program
Requires the Department of Health Care Services to establish a three-year pilot project whereby specified counties create outreach teams to provide services to those with a history of mental illness or substance use disorders who are unable to provide for needed medical care and who are homeless or at risk of experiencing homelessness.

SB 445 (Portantino): Alcohol and Drug Treatment: Youth
Establishes the Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults Substance Use Disorder, Treatment, Early Intervention, and Prevention Act (the Act) which requires the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to convene an expert panel to advise DHCS on the development of youth substance use disorder (SUD) treatment, early intervention, and prevention quality standards, as specified. Defines youth SUD treatment services to include any direct services intended to address or treat SUDs for individuals from birth to 26 years of age.

SB 163 (Portantino): Health care coverage: pervasive developmental disorder or autism
Requires applied behavioral analysis for children with autism and expands services to autistic children.

SB 343 (Pan): Kaiser Health Care Data Disclosure
Eliminates provisions in health care service plan (health plan) rate filings that permit a health plan that exclusively contracts with no more than two medical groups in the state to provide or arrange for professional medical services for the enrollees of the plan (Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. (Kaiser Health Plan)) to report annual medical trend factor assumptions and projected trends in a different manner than other health plans. Requires Kaiser Permanente (KP) Hospitals to report certain data to the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) at the individual hospital level rather than as a group.

ENVIRONMENTAL:

AB 1328 (Holden): Oil and Gas
Notice of intention to abandon well: study of fugitive emissions from idle, idle-deserted, and abandoned wells. Standardizes the valid period for notices of intention approved by the Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources to two years, and requires a study of the emissions from idle, idle-deserted and abandoned wells to be conducted and reported on or by January 1, 2023. 

SB 44 (Skinner) Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles: Comprehensive Strategy
Requires CARB to first consult with the Department of Transportation, the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission and GO-Biz to develop recommended goals and be consistent with the State’s Sustainable Freight Plan.  It also requires CARB to identify advantages to fleets for early adoption.

HOUSING:

SB 113 (Budget and Fiscal Review Committee) National Mortgage Special Deposit Fund
Enables the transfer of $331 million in state funds to the National Mortgage Special Deposit Fund, and establishes the Legislature’s intent to create a trust to manage these funds to provide an ongoing source of funding for borrower relief and legal aid to vulnerable homeowners and renters. 

SB 330 (Skinner) Housing Crisis Act of 2019
Accelerates housing production in California by streamlining permitting and approval processes, ensuring no net loss in zoning capacity and limiting fees after projects are approved. 

SB 6 (Beall) Surplus Lands
Requires the state to create a public inventory of local sites suitable for residential development, along with state surplus lands. 

SB 13 (Wieckowski) ADU Permitting
Creates a tiered fee structure which charges ADUs more fairly based on their size and location. Addresses other barriers by lowering the application approval timeframe, creating an avenue to get unpermitted ADUs up to code, and enhancing an enforcement mechanism allowing the state to ensure that localities are following ADU statute. 

SB 196 (Beall) Tax Exempt Properties
Enacts a new welfare exemption from property tax for property owned by a Community Land Trust (CLT), and makes other changes regarding property tax assessments of property subject to contracts with CLTs.

SB 751 (Rubio) Housing Trust Fund 
Creates the San Gabriel Valley Regional Housing Trust to finance affordable housing projects for homeless and low-income populations and address the homelessness crisis in the region.

AB 68 (Ting) Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)
Makes major changes to facilitate the development of more ADUs and address barriers to building. Reduces barriers to ADU approval and construction, which will increase production of these low-cost, energy-efficient units and add to California’s affordable housing supply.

AB 116 (Ting) Enhanced Infrastructure Financing Districts
Removes the requirement for Enhanced Infrastructure Financing Districts (EIFDs) to receive voter approval prior to issuing bonds. 

AB 587 (Friedman) Affordable Housing
Provides a narrow exemption for affordable housing organizations to sell deed-restricted land to eligible low-income homeowners. 

AB 671 (Friedman) ADU Rentals
Requires local governments’ housing plans to encourage affordable ADU rentals and requires the state to develop a list of state grants and financial incentives for affordable ADUs. 

AB 881 (Bloom) Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)
Removes impediments to ADU construction by restricting local jurisdictions’ permitting criteria, clarifying that ADUs must receive streamlined approval if constructed in existing garages, and eliminating local agencies’ ability to require owner-occupancy for five years. 

AB 1010 (E. Garcia) Native American Affordable Housing
Allow duly constituted governing bodies of a Native American reservation or Rancheria to become eligible applicants to participate in affordable housing programs.   

AB 1255 (Rivas) Surplus Lands
Requires cities and counties to report to the state an inventory of its surplus lands in urbanized areas and requires the state to include this information in a digitized inventory of state surplus land sites. 

AB 1483 (Grayson) Housing Data Strategy
Requires local jurisdiction to publicly share information about zoning ordinances, development standards, fees, exactions, and affordability requirements. Also requires the Department of Housing and Community Development to develop and update a 10-year housing data strategy. 

AB 1485 (Wicks) Moderate-Income Housing
Builds on existing environmental streamlining law to encourage moderate-income housing production. 

AB 1486 (Ting) Surplus Lands
Expands Surplus Land Act requirements for local agencies, requires local governments to include specified information relating to surplus lands in their housing elements and annual progress reports (APRs), and requires the state Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) to establish a database of surplus lands.

AB 1743 (Bloom) Tax Exempt Properties
Expands the properties that are exempt from community facility district taxes to include properties that qualify for the property tax welfare exemption, and limits the ability of local agencies to reject housing projects because they qualify for the exemption.

AB 1763 (Chiu) Affordable Housing
Creates more affordable housing by giving 100 percent affordable housing developments an enhanced density bonus to encourage development. 

IMMIGRANT COMMUNITY:

SB 225 (Elena Durazo) Boards and Commissions Service
Allows noncitizen Californians the ability to pursue civic engagement and public service through service on boards and commissions. 

SB 354 (Durazo) California DREAM Loan Program
Expands eligibility for the California DREAM loan program.

AB 540 (Limón) DREAMER Grant
Establishes the California Dreamer Service Incentive Grant Program to support undocumented students’ access higher education.

AB 668 (Gonzalez Fletcher) Access to Courthouses 
Codifies the common law privilege against civil arrest when that arrest is conducted without a judicial warrant.

AB 917 (Reyes) Immigrant Victims of Crime 
Expedites the victim certification process for the purposes of obtaining T-Visas or U-Visas. 

AB 1645 (Rubio) DREAM Act Students
Requires that California Community Colleges and California State Universities, and request that the University of California, designate a Dreamer Resource Liaison on campus to provide undocumented and other qualifying immigrant students with adequate support and resources to help navigate the education system.

ELECTIONS:

AB 49 by (Cervantes) California Voter Protection Act of 2019
Ensures people have more time with their ballots by requiring county elections officials to begin mailing vote by mail ballots no later than 29 days before Election Day and complete the mailings within five days. 

AB 59 (Kalra) Voting Centers
Requires county elections officials to consider placing a vote center on a university or college campus and allows public college and university buildings to be used as polling places or vote centers. 

AB 201 (Cervantes) Political Reform Act of 1974
Requires a text message that supports or opposes a candidate or ballot measure to disclose the entity that paid for the text message, unless certain conditions are met and as specified.

AB 220 (Bonta) Campaigns: Childcare 
Allows candidates to use campaign funds for child care expenses, which can encourage more parents to run for office.

AB 571 (Mullin) Local Campaign Contribution Limits
Establishes default campaign contribution limits for county and city office and allows local governments to establish their own limits.  

AB 849 (Bonta) Redistricting
Reforms California’s local redistricting laws to improve criteria, transparency and public engagement to make sure the process is more fair and consistent. 

AB 864 (Mullin) Campaign Communications
Makes minor technical, and clarifying changes to the content and format of disclosure statements required to appear on campaign communications. 

AB 963 (Petrie-Norris) Student Civic and Voter Empowerment Act
Establishes the Student Civic and Voter Empowerment Act to be administered by the Secretary of State, which requires each campus of the California Community Colleges (CCCs) and the California State University (CSU), to provide students with civic and election dates and information, and designate one person per campus as a Civic and Voter Empowerment Coordinator. 

AB 1666 (Reyes) Census 2020
Requires the California Complete Count – Census 2020 to partner with local educational agencies to make information about the 2020 federal census available to students and parents. 

AB 1707 (Berman) Information Access at Polling Place
Allows voters to use an electronic device at a polling place. The bill will allow voters to access information on their phone, tablet or other handheld device while voting.

SB 47 (Allen) Campaign Accountability
Assists voters make informed decisions by requiring initiative signature gatherers to disclose the top three funders of the committee organizing the campaign to voters before they sign to qualify the initiative for the ballot.

SB 71 (Leyva) Campaign Funds
Prohibits the expenditure of campaign funds and legal defense funds to pay or reimburse a candidate or elected officer for penalties, judgements, or settlements related to claims of sexual assault, abuse, or harassment. 

SB 72 (Umberg) Same-day Voter Registration
Requires conditional voter registration and provisional voting to be available at all county elections satellite offices and polling places. 

SB 359 (Moorlach) Strengthening Local Elections
Permits a municipal referendum petition to contain an impartial summary of the ordinance instead of the text of the ordinance itself. 

SB 523 (McGuire) Vote by Mail Ballots
Aligns the timeline for notices and the submission of an unsigned vote by mail ballot envelope with the deadlines established for mismatching signatures to give voters more flexibility to correct their signatures. 

SB 641 (Allen) Special Elections
Extends the timeline the Governor has to declare a special election to enable more special elections to be consolidated – saving taxpayer money and increasing voter turnout.

SB 681 (Stern) Local Referendum
Authorizes the proponent of a local referendum or charter amendment initiative to withdraw the measure prior to election. 

HIGHER EDUCATION:

AB 2 (Santiago) California College Promise Program
Expands access to the California College Promise Program by allowing students who are part of Disabled Students Programs and Services to qualify even if they are not enrolled in a full-time course load.  

AB 30 (Holden) Dual Enrollment
Removes barriers to dual enrollment by extending the College and Career Access Pathways program for an additional five years. The bill also simplifies the process for dual-enrollment applications and makes it easier for K-12 schools and community college districts to form partnerships. 

AB 48 (O’Donnell) College Health and Safety Bond Act of 2020
Places a $15 billion bond on the primary election ballot, which stands to benefit students in preschools, K-12 public schools, and institutions of higher education.

AB 136 (Quirk-Silva) Fraud: Tax Deductions
Prevents anyone found guilty in the admissions scandal from taking tax deductions for donations made to the charities involved. 

AB 463 (Cervantes) Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
Requires increase awareness of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program for faculty and requires a community college district to annually provide an enrolled faculty member with notice of renewal and a copy of the employment certification form required to be completed for purposes of the program, with the employer portion of the form already completed. 

AB 697 (Ting) Admissions Reporting
Requires the CSU Trustees, UC Regents, and the appropriate governing bodies of each independent institution of higher education, to report to the Legislature, whether their respective institutions provide any form of preferential treatment in admissions to applicants on the basis of their relationships to donors or alumni of the institution. 

AB 943 (Chiu) Student Equity and Achievement Program
Authorizes the use of funding from the CCC Student Equity and Achievement Program for emergency student financial assistance to help students overcome unforeseen financial challenges that would prevent them from completing their course of study.

AB 1278 (Gabriel) Public Service and Programs
Addresses housing and food insecurity and mental health by requiring CSU, CCC and UC campuses to include information about public services and programs including CalFresh, housing resources and mental health services on their student web portals. 

AB 1313 (Rivas) Educational Debt Collection Practices Act 
Prohibits any postsecondary educational institution from withholding a student’s request for a transcript because that student owes money to the institution.

AB 1340 (Chiu) For-Profit Educational Institutions
Will demonstrate whether for-profit institutions are effectively preparing students for the job market by requiring the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education to calculate a debt-to-income ratio for both the for-profit institution and the programs they offer.

AB 1344 (Bauer-Kahan) Out-of-State Educational Institutions
Increases state oversight of out-of-state institutions that enroll California students in online programs – the largest share of which are for-profit colleges. The bill strengthens consumer protections by giving the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education authority to place these institutions on a probationary status and revoke authorization to enroll California students if they do not comply.

AB 1346 (Medina) Student Tuition Recovery Fund
Helps students recover the true cost of their losses if their school closes while they are enrolled. It expands access to the Student Tuition Recovery Fund by allowing students to recover losses beyond tuition expenses, including housing, transportation, and child care, as well as any expenses incurred by the student as a result of the closed school, such as transcript fees or the cost of services related to debt relief.

AB 1383 (McCarty) Admissions Accountability
Strengthens the “admission by exception” system to require at least three campus administrators to approve admission for each applicant being considered for an exemption.   

AB 1774 (Bonta) Student Financial Aid
Authorizes the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) to postpone an application deadline for up to 30 calendar days for any financial aid program CSAC administers for regions that have experienced natural disasters, states of emergency, or labor actions.

SB 150 (Beall) Foster Youth Access to Higher Education
Increases access to the Chafee Educational and Training Vouchers (Chafee) award, which provides financial aid to current and former foster youth who are enrolled in qualifying institutions of higher education.

SB 554 (Roth) High School Equivalency Programs
Provides a streamlined approach for adults enrolled in High School Equivalency programs to concurrently enroll in one or more community college course without tuition or fees. 

SB 586 (Roth) Career Technical Education Programs
Requires the governing board of a school and community college district to consult with the appropriate local workforce development board to ensure their career technical education program is aligned with regional and statewide employment needs. 

EDUCATION:

AB 34 (Ramos): Pupils: bullying and harassment prevention information 
Addresses the issue of social bullying in school systems by requiring schools and LEAs to create a “Social Bullying and Harassment Prevention Handbook” that will be clearly posted online. The handbook will be a resource for students, parents, teachers, and administrators and provide the schools’ social bullying policy, steps to take if a student is being bullied, and contact information for local agencies and advocacy groups.

AB 48 (O’Donnell): Education Finance: School Facilities Bond
Will put a $15 billion state facilities bond on the March 2020 ballot that would divvy up $9 billion for K-12 and preschools, and $2 billion apiece for community colleges, California State University and University of California schools.

AB 376 (Stone): The Student Borrower Bill of Rights
Creates the “Student Borrower Bill of Rights” and impose new requirements on student loan servicers. 

AB 413 (Jones-Sawyer): Education: at-promise youth
This bill would delete the term “at-risk” and would replace it with the term “at-promise” in Education Code.

AB 493 (Gloria): Teachers: LGBTQ Pupil Resources and Training:
Requires all public schools to provide online training at least once every two years to teachers for the support of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) students.

AB 982 (Holden): Homework for Suspended Pupils
This bill will help students during periods of suspension stay on track with their schoolwork.  The law mandates that schools provide homework assignments upon request to students suspended for two or more school days. 

AB 1062 (Limón): Pupil Instruction: Community Emergency Response Training
This bill would authorize, if the governing board of a school district requires the completion of community service hours as a requirement for graduation from high school, a school district to provide a pupil with credit towards the required community service hours commensurate with the hours required for completion of a course in community emergency response training.

AB 1097 (Holden): Pupil Instruction: Credit Recovery Programs: Report
This bill requires the California Department of Education (CDE), by July 1, 2021, to provide a report to the Governor and Legislature on credit recovery programs.

AB 1172 (Frazier): Special Education: Nonpublic, Nonsectarian Schools or Agencies 
The bill allows the California Department of Education to suspend or revoke the certification of a non-public school if the health or safety of a student is compromised. It also requires non-public schools to report incidents involving law enforcement to the California Department of Education.

AB 1219 (Jones Sawyer): Teacher Credentialing: Certificated Employee Assignment Monitoring 
This bill requires the Commission on Teacher Credentialing to implement the State Assignment Accountability System for annual monitoring of teacher mis-assignments in all public schools.

AB 1240 (Weber): School Accountability: Local Control and Accountability Plans: State Priorities: Pupil Achievement.
Updates the definition of “pupil achievement” that schools report in their Local Control and Accountability Plans. Before, schools reported the number of students who completed courses required for entrance to public universities—and separately reported the number of students completing specific career technical education courses.

AB 1303 (O’Donnell): School Facilities: Civic Center Act: Direct Costs
This bill extends the sunset date, by five years, on the authority for school districts to charge an entity a fee for the use of the school’s facilities or grounds that includes the costs for a proportion of the operating and maintenance costs.

AB 1319 (Arambula): Migrant Education: Pupil Residency
This bill requires LEAs to allow migrant students to continue their education in the school of origin, regardless of any change of residence during that school year, and requires that a migrant student be immediately enrolled in a new school. 

AB 1354 (Gipson): Juvenile Court School Pupils: Joint Transition Planning Policy: Individualized Transition Plan
This bill would require COEs to ensure that a student enrolled in a juvenile court school for more than 20 school days has an individualized transition plan and access to specified educational records upon release. 

AB 1505 (O’Donnell): Charter School Accountability – Strengthen Petition Process to Protect All Students. 
Strengthens the approval process so communities have a voice and the best interests of all students are considered.

AB 1595 (Committee on Education): Elementary/Secondary Education: Omnibus Bill
This bill is the annual K-12 education policy omnibus bill, which makes technical, clarifying, conforming, and other non-controversial revisions to a number of provisions in the Education Code.

AB 1666 (Reyes): The California Complete Count: Local Educational Agencies
This bill requires the California Complete Count – Census 2020 to partner with LEAs to make information about the 2020 federal census available to students and parents.

AB 1729 (Smith): Pupils: Attendance at Community Colleges
This bill, until January 2027, authorizes additional high school students who meet certain conditions to enroll in summer community college courses by exempting those students from counting toward the 5 percent enrollment cap imposed by current law.

AB 1767 (Ramos): Pupil Suicide Prevention Policies
This bill requires the governing board or body of an LEA that serves kindergarten and grades 1-6 to adopt a policy on student suicide prevention.

SB 265 (Hertzberg): Child Hunger Prevention & Fair Treatment Act
Amends a previous bill to ensure that students who receive free or reduced school lunches are offered the same meal as their peers. Previously, low-income students received an alternative lunch, which singled them out. 

SB 316 (Rubio): Pupil and Student Safety: Identification Cards: Domestic Violence Hotline Telephone Number
Requires public schools, including charter schools, and private schools that serve pupils in any of grades 7 to 12, and public and private institutions of higher education, that issue pupil or student identification cards, to print the telephone number for the National Domestic Violence Hotline on the back of those identification cards.

SB 390 (Umberg): School Safety: School Security Officers and Security Guards
Requires all security guards working on the property of a K-12 school district to complete the latest training developed by the Department of Consumer Affairs and requires school districts to provide the training to all security guards during their regular work hours.

SB 419 (Skinner): Pupil Discipline: Suspensions: Willful Defiance 
Prohibits the suspension of any pupil in kindergarten or grades 1 to 5, inclusive, and the expulsion of any pupil in kindergarten through grade 12, inclusive, who disrupts school activities or otherwise willfully defies the valid authority of supervisors, teachers, administrators, or school officials, beginning on July 1, 2020 and prohibits, from July 1, 2020, until July 1, 2024, the suspension of any pupil or grades 6 to 8, inclusive, for that same act; and applies these provisions to charter schools. 

SB 478 (Rubio): Commission on Teacher Credentialing: Membership
This bill changes the composition of representatives on the CTC. Specifically, the bill reduces the number of representatives of the public, from four to three, and adds one certificated human resources administrator in a public elementary or secondary school. The bills also eliminates a reference to the now-defunct California Postsecondary Education Commission. 

SB 541 (Bates): School Safety: Lockdown Drills and Multi-option Response Drills: Report
Requires every public school, including charter schools, and every private school that has an enrollment of 50 or more pupils or more than one classroom, and serves students in grades kindergarten to 12, to conduct an age-appropriate lockdown drill or multi-option response drill at least once per school year.

SB 554 (Roth): Public Schools: Adult School Students: Advanced Scholastic and Vocational Training Program
Authorizes a community college district to allow an adult student pursuing a high school diploma or a high school equivalency certificate to attend a California Community College as a special part-time or full-time student.

SB 586 (Roth): College and Career Access Pathways Partnerships
Requires the governing board of a school district and community college district to consult and seek specified input prior to voting on a College and Career Access Pathways partnership agreement.

SB 743 (Hertzberg): School Facilities: Design-build Projects
Requires a specified school district to meet certain requirements and include those requirements as terms and conditions in a design-build contract for the purpose of meeting the California Environmental Quality Act requirements.

SJR 8 (Wilk): Special Education Funding
This measure would memorialize the Congress and the President of the United States to enact legislation, S. 866, known as the IDEA Full Funding Act, during the current session of Congress to fully fund the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

PUBLIC SAFETY:

AB 392 (Weber) Use of Force
Modernizes standards for use of deadly force by officers.

AB 1394 (Daly) Youth Offenders
Eliminates the imposition of any fee charged by a superior court or probation department to an applicant who files a petition to seal juvenile court records.

AB 1454 (Jones-Sawyer) Youth Reinvestment Grant Program
Increases the award amounts available through the Youth Reinvestment Grant Program and allows nonprofit organizations to apply for grants through the program. 

SB 36 (Hertzberg) Pretrial Risk Assessments
Improves transparency for pretrial risk assessments by requiring regular validation of assessment tools and requiring the Judicial Council to publish a yearly report on its website with data related to outcomes and potential biases. 

SB 399 (Atkins) Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training
Requires the appointment of two members of the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training who are not peace officers and have expertise in implicit and explicit biases, cultural competency, mental health and policing or work with vulnerable populations. 

SB 542 (Stern) Trauma Treatment Act
Provides first responders with workers’ compensation while they recover from their mental health scars in instances where they sustain occupational post-traumatic stress.

SB 438 (Hertzberg) Local Emergency Dispatch
Prohibits a public agency from outsourcing its local emergency dispatch services to a private, for-profit entity – except when pursuant to a joint powers or cooperative agreement. 

 

2019 DISTRICT OFFICE ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  • 49ers Play 60 Football Camp
  • Back 2 School Health & Wellness Fair
  • Turkey Giveaway
  • Formed Lodi homelessness advisory cmt and secured 2 million dollars from Cal Trans to secure their sites in Lodi
  • Young Assemblymembers Program
  • Mobile District Office Hours in Lodi, Galt, Courtland, South Sac, and the Pocket
  • Small Business of the Month awards
  • Coopers Champions awards
  • Yelp small business seminar in Sacramento
  • High school STEM program in Elk Grove
  • District office internship program
  • Protected Lodi jobs by preventing Styrofoam ban in Elk Grove
  • Ought to be a law program
  • High school graduation ceremony at the Capitol
  • Pear Giveaway
  • VITA tax assistance workshops
  • Legislative booths at National Night Out
  • Legislative booth at Lodi St Faire
  • Legislative booth at Elk Grove Multicultural Festival
  • Legislative booth at Elk Fest
  • Legislative booth at Courtland Pear Fair
  • Legislative booth at Elk Grove Western Festival
  • Legislative booth at Senior Day in the Park in Elk Grove
  • Legislative booth at Regional Safety Day
  • Legislative booth at Elk Grove 4th of July show
  • Legislative booth at Pocket 4th of July parade
  • Legislative booths at Pocket food truck mania
  • Staff sits on San Joaquin and Sacramento Complete Count Committees
  • Staff sits on Lodi and Elk Grove Chamber governmental affairs committees
  • Staff attends Florin Road, Mack Road, and Stockton Blvd Partnership meetings
  • Very active with nonprofit groups like ARI, San Joaquin/Sac County farm bureaus, My Sisters House, etc

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