Friday, September 15th was the last day of work for State Legislators in 2017. Over the past two weeks they held marathon floor sessions, sending hundreds of bills to Governor Brown’s desk for his signature or veto. The Governor has until Sunday, October 15th to act on legislation. Unless otherwise indicated, bills signed by Governor Brown take effect January 1, 2018.
Key Bills Pending Before Governor Brown – Our team has provided a summary of all bills we are tracking that went to the Governor in the last two weeks, sorted by subject area with links to the full final version of the legislation. However, the following bills may be of particular interest:
- Sanctuary State – SB 54 (de Leon), otherwise known as the “California Values Act,” passed out of the Senate early Saturday morning by a party-line vote of 27-11. This vote came hours after a federal judge in Chicago had blocked the Trump administration’s attempt to withhold Department of Justice grant funds as a means of deterring states and cities from adopting “sanctuary” policies like those in SB 54. The bill would limit how state and local law enforcement, including school police and security departments, can cooperate with federal immigration enforcement. If signed, SB 54 would be the most comprehensive and far-reaching policy of its kind in the country.
- Housing Deal – In the waning hours of the last day of session, and after a last-minute push by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon to reach the necessary two-thirds vote threshold needed for two of the package’s three key bills, the Senate passed a package of housing bills meant to address the state’s housing affordability crisis. Included in the package were SB 2 (Atkins), which would add a $75 fee to certain real estate transaction documents and is expected to raise between $200 million to $300 million annually for local and state governments, SB 3 (Beall), which would place a $4 billion bond on the 2018 ballot ($3 million for existing housing projects, $1 billion for veteran’s housing), and SB 35 (Wiener), which would provide for a streamlined application process for certain housing developments when there is a housing shortage.
- Reserve Cap – SB 751 (Hill), marks the end of a three-year battle over the local reserve cap, which was part of a deal between the Governor and the California Teachers Association (CTA) related to Proposition 2 (Rainy Day Fund). The California School Boards Association (CSBA) and CTA reached a compromise that changes the reserve cap “trigger” so that it is even more remote (it does not apply until after an accumulation of at least three percent of the Proposition 98 guarantee in the Proposition 98 “reserve”), along with other provisions that exempt small school districts (ADA less than 2,501) and basic aid districts. The cap, if it is triggered, would be 10% and applies to assigned and unassigned ending balances in the general fund. The Governor is expected to sign this compromise, and most school officials and their representatives are looking forward to spending more time and effort on important educational policy issues.
- Meal Shaming – SB 250 (Hertzberg) attempts to ensure that when a parent or guardian has unpaid school meal debt, the pupil is not singled out or made to feel responsible for that debt by requiring LEAs to make sure that the pupil is not shamed, treated differently or served a meal that differs from what other pupils would receive under the LEA’s policy.
- Wireless Equipment – In an effort heavily criticized by local governments across the state, SB 649 (Heuso) would limit local authority to deny or regulate the placement of cellular equipment in or on public rights-of-way, including street lights and utility towers. The author and proponents claim the bill is necessary to improve connectivity across the state, and to prepare for the next wave of cellular service. Meanwhile, opposition argued the bill would reduce local input on possibly aesthetically unappealing equipment and that there is no real pressing need for the bill.
- Lead Testing – Following a string of high-profile reports revealing elevated levels of lead in school water systems, AB 746 (Gonzalez-Fletcher) was authored to require testing of any community water system that services a schoolsite built before 2010 on, or before, July 1, 2019. Certain findings will trigger notice and remedial action. For now, the State Water Board offers financial assistance to any school district that requests lead testing.
- Free Feminine Hygiene Products – AB 10 (C. Garcia) would require Title 1 schools serving students in grades 6 through 12 to provide free feminine hygiene products in at least half of the restrooms on campus. The bill passed both houses of the Legislature with overwhelming bi-partisan support. According to the author, “Feminine hygiene products are a necessity for the health, well-being, and full participation for those who menstruate. No person who menstruates should ever need to worry about access to tampons or sanitary pads. These products are medical necessities for half of our population and as a state California should not wait to lead the country to increase access to these products.”
- Home-to-School Transportation (HTST) Program – SB 527 (Galgiani) would provide an annual COLA to the HTST program that is currently a component of some LEA’s LCFF entitlement calculation. HTST funds are required to be used for transportation purposes, but the targeted funds do not increase with the cost of living; only the LCFF base grant (and subsequently the grade span adjustments, supplemental, and concentrations grants) increase with a COLA each year. There has been a lot of controversy over how to address HTST program changes as numerous reports have highlighted the program’s inequitable distribution of the funds, largely driven by outdated formulas from decades past. The bill faces an uphill battle with the Governor’s Administration as they have consistently prioritized using all available growth in Prop 98 to increase the LCFF base grants.
- Prescription Drug Transparency – School groups came out in support of SB 17 (Hernandez), in light of the rising costs associated with employer-sponsored healthcare. If signed into law by Governor Brown, SB 17 would attempt to temper the impact of prescription drug costs on healthcare premiums by requiring that drug companies report and explain significant price increases.
Bills that Stalled in 2017 – As we previously reported, a number of closely watched bills failed to get out of the Legislature, including the school start time bill (SB 328 by Senator Portantino) and the state STEM school (AB 1217 by Assembly Member Bocanegra and Senator Portantino). It is also worth noting a number of other major policy debates stalled out in 2017, but are expected to return in 2018. These issues include legislation dealing with reform of charter schools, teacher tenure, EL reclassification, and LCFF/LCAP transparency, among others.
What’s Next? It is finally quiet in Sacramento as Legislators have gone home to their districts for the remainder of 2017. The Legislature will reconvene on Wednesday, January 3, 2018.
Once the Governor has acted upon the bills currently pending on his desk, we will distribute a complete report of all changes in law from bills signed in 2017.
- Assessment and Accountability
- Charter Schools
- Curriculum and Instruction
- Early Childhood
- Human Resources
- School Finance
- School Safety
- Student Services
Assessment and Accountability
- AB 24 (Eggman) Instructional programs: State Seal of Civic Engagement.
This bill establishes a State Seal of Civic Engagement, to be affixed to the diploma of qualifying high school graduates, based on a demonstration of excellence in civics education and participation.
- AB 365 (Muratsuchi) – Pupil instruction: coursework and graduation requirements: children of military families.
This bill gives students from military families certain rights, regarding exemptions from local graduation requirements and acceptance of partial credit, which are currently afforded to other groups of highly mobile students.
- AB 677 (Chiu) – Data collection: sexual orientation.
This bill expands the list of state entities currently required to collect voluntary self-identification information on sexual orientation and gender identity to include various education and employment-related state agencies.
- AB 830 (Kalra) – High school exit examination: repeal.
This bill repeals the requirement that the state develop and administer a California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE) and the requirement that pupils pass the CAHSEE as a condition of receiving a high school diploma, and repeals references to the CAHSEE in the Education Code.
- AB 1035 (O’Donnell) – Pupil assessments: interim assessments: purposes of use.
This bill requires a local educational agency (LEA) that elects to use state-provided interim assessments to ensure that teachers have access to information relating to the assessments and student performance on the assessments, and establishes parameters for the local use of interim assessment data.
- AB 1176 (Mullin) – High school equivalency tests.
This bill eliminates the one hour per school day limit on the provision of a general educational development (GED) test preparation program for people confined to a hospital or correctional facility, and also updates terminology from “general education development” to high school equivalency.
- SB 390 (Mendoza) – Local control and accountability plans: annual goals: state priorities: model school library standards.
This bill adds the implementation of the Model School Library Standards for California Public Schools to the list of state priorities that must be addressed by LCAPs.
- AB 1360 (Bonta) – Charter schools: pupil admissions, suspensions, and expulsions.
This bill expands due process protections against suspensions and expulsions for students enrolled in a charter school. This bill also clarifies the process by which certain students can be given admissions priority, and codifies that parental involvement is not a requirement for admission or continued enrollment in a charter school.
Curriculum and Instruction
- AB 81 (Gonzalez Fletcher) – English learners: identification: notice.
This bill requires local educational agencies and charter schools to annually notify parents if their child is identified as a long term English learner (LTEL) or at risk of becoming a LTEL (ARLTEL).
- AB 189 (Low) – School curriculum: coursework for high school graduation: service learning.
This bill, contingent upon a budget appropriation, requires the Instructional Quality Commission (IQC) to develop, and the State Board of Education (SBE) to adopt, reject, or modify, a model curriculum on service-learning for pupils in grades 9th to12th grade for voluntary use by educators.
- AB 491 (Muratsuchi) – California Civil Liberties Public Education Act.
Expands, contingent upon a budget appropriation, the purpose of grants made through the California Civil Liberties Public Education grant program to include links between the World War II exclusion, removal, and detention of persons of Japanese ancestry, and of civil rights violations or civil liberties injustices that have been carried out against other communities.
- AB 579 (Flora) – Apprenticeship: fire protection: firefighter preapprenticeship program.
This bill requires the Division of Apprenticeship Standards, in collaboration with the California Firefighter Joint Apprenticeship Committee to develop a statewide firefighter pre-apprenticeship program designed to recruit candidates from underrepresented groups.
- AB 616 (Aguiar-Curry) – Pupil instruction: California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science: funding: tuition.
This bill extends by five years existing law related to tuition and financial aid for the California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science (COSMOS), operated by the University of California (UC), from January 1, 2018, to January 1, 2023.
- AB 643 (Frazier) – Pupil instruction: abusive relationships.
This bill requires that content on the early warning signs of adolescent relationship abuse and intimate partner violence be included in mandated sexual health instruction.
- AB 738 (Limón) – Pupil instruction: Native American studies: model curriculum.
This bill requires the development of a model curriculum in Native American studies, and requires school districts which elect to offer one course in Native American studies to make the course available in at least one year during a student’s enrollment in grades 9-12.
- AB 858 (Dababneh) – Pupil instruction: California Financial Literacy Initiative.
This bill, contingent upon a budget appropriation, establishes the California Financial Literacy Initiative, for the purpose of improving the availability of instructional materials and programs to help students understand how to manage their finances and to protect their financial privacy.
- AB 1227 (Bonta) – Human Trafficking Prevention Education and Training Act.
This bill adds information on human trafficking to the required comprehensive sexual health education and HIV prevention education instruction on sexual harassment, sexual assault, adolescent relationship abuse and intimate partner violence for students in grades 7-12. This bill also expands the scope of the Commercially Sexually Exploited Children Program to include human trafficking.
- AB 1264 (Garcia, Eduardo) – Special education pupils: individualized education program: meetings: school records.
This bill requires that a parent or guardian be offered copies of relevant school records and assessment reports at least five business days prior to a meeting regarding an individualized education program (IEP).
- AB 1604 (Nazarian) – CalWORKs: welfare-to-work: education.
This bill modifies the conditions under which a California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) recipient who has not received his or her high school diploma or its equivalent may participate in a high school education program or high school equivalency program.
- SB 494 (Hueso) – Language arts: reading: grant program.
This bill, contingent upon a budget appropriation, establishes the Golden State Reading grant program for the purpose of assisting local educational agencies (LEAs) in ensuring that all students meet reading standards and language progressive skills by the end of grade 3.
- AB 26 (Caballero) – Child care and development: child care resource and referral programs: assistance to license-exempt child care providers.
This bill requires CDE to establish and administer a pilot program to provide outreach, training, and technical assistance to license-exempt child care providers through county child care resource and referral programs.
- AB 258 (Arambula) – Child care and development services: individualized county child care subsidy plan: County of Fresno.
This bill authorizes the County of Fresno to establish a five-year pilot program for purposes of developing and implementing an individualized county child care subsidy plan that meets the specific needs of families in that county.
- AB 273 (Aguiar-Curry) – Child care services: eligibility.
This bill clarifies that engagement in English language and high school or high school equivalency educational programs meets criteria for establishing eligibility for subsidized child care programs.
- AB 300 (Caballero) – Child care and development services: individualized county child care subsidy plans: Counties of Monterey, San Benito, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz.
This bill authorizes the Counties of Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz to establish a five-year pilot program for purposes of developing and implementing an individualized county child care subsidy plan that meets the specific needs of families in those counties, and also modifies the existing pilot in Santa Clara County to conform to the new pilots.
- AB 377 (Frazier) – Child care subsidy plans: Counties of San Diego and Solano.
This bill authorizes the Counties of San Diego and Solano to establish a five-year pilot program for purposes of developing and implementing an individualized county child care subsidy plan that meets the specific needs of families in those counties.
- AB 435 (Thurmond) – Child care subsidy plans: Counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, and Sonoma.
This bill authorizes the Counties of Contra Costa, Marin, and Sonoma to establish a five-year pilot program for purposes of developing and implementing an individualized county child care subsidy plan that meets the specific needs of families in those counties, and also modifies the existing pilot in Alameda County to conform to the new pilots.
- AB 603 (Quirk-Silva) – Child care: alternative payment programs: child care providers.
This bill requires alternative payment programs (APPs) to establish a program of electronic banking for child care providers, and to send notice to a provider of changes in specified factors related to child care services and rates.
- AB 752 (Rubio) – Child care: state preschool programs: expulsion.
This bill prohibits State Preschool providers from expelling or dis-enrolling a child as a result of the child’s behavior unless it is determined that the child’s continued enrollment would present a serious safety threat to the child or other enrolled children.
- AB 1106 (Weber) – Child care and development services: alternative payment programs.
This bill provides that APPs have at least 36 months to expend funds allocated to that program in any fiscal year.
- SB 360 (Skinner) – Public social services: prosecution for overpayment or overissuance of benefits.
This bill exempts an individual from criminal prosecution for overpayment or over-issuance of CalWORKs or CalFresh benefits for any month in which the county human services agency was in receipt of Income and Eligibility Verification data match information indicating such overpayment or over-issuance but had not provided timely and adequate notice to the individual.
- SB 570 (Newman) – CalWORKS.
This bill exempts U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs education, training, vocation, or rehabilitation benefits received by a veteran, or spouse or dependent of a veteran who died in the line of duty or has a service-connected disability, from being considered as income for purposes of determining eligibility for California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program benefits and calculating grant amounts.
- AB 17 (Holden) – Transit Pass Program: free or reduced-fare transit passes.
This bill establishes the Transit Pass Pilot Program, administered by the Department of Transportation, to provide funding to eligible participants for free or reduced-fare transit passes for specified pupils and students. The bill is contingent upon a budget appropriation and sunsets the program on January 1, 2022.
- AB 203 (O’Donnell) – School facilities: design and construction.
This bill requires the CDE and the Office of Public School Construction to develop regulations that will provide school districts with flexibility in designing instructional facilities. Requires the CDE to develop strategies to assist small school districts in navigating the school construction and funding processes. Requires CDE, OPSC and the Division of State Architect to report to the Legislature on how their respective applications can be better aligned.
- AB 262 (Bonta) – Public contracts: bid specifications: Buy Clean California Act.
This bill requires, by January 1, 2019, the Department of General Services to establish, and publish in the State Contracting Manual, a maximum acceptable global warming potential for each category of eligible materials, as specified. Additionally, this bill would require a successful bidder to submit a current Environmental Product Declaration, developed in accordance with specified standards for that type of product.
- AB 630 (Cooper) – Vehicles: retirement and replacement.
This bill establishes the Clean Cars 4 All Program, which would be administered by the California Air Resources Board to achieve air quality improvements and benefit low-income residents by replacing high-polluter vehicles with cleaner and more efficient vehicles or a specified mobility option.
- AB 746 (Gonzalez Fletcher) – Public health: potable water: lead testing: schoolsites and campuses.
This bill requires an LEA to annually test for lead in the potable water system at every school-site with a building constructed before 2010 (see summary in introduction).
- AB 1066 (Aguiar-Curry) – Public works: definition.
This bill expands the meaning of the term public works to include tree removal work done in the execution of a project
- AB 1073 (Eduardo Garcia) – California Clean Truck, Bus, and Off-Road Vehicle and Equipment Technology Program.
This bill extends, from January 1, 2018 to January 1, 2020, the sunset the 20% carve-out for zero- and near-zero-emission heavy-duty truck technology in the Clean Truck, Bus, and Off-Road Vehicle and Equipment Technology Program.
- AB 1082 (Burke) – Transportation electrification: electric vehicle charging infrastructure: schools.
This bill authorizes a large electrical corporation to file with the California Public Utilities Commission, by July 30, 2018, a pilot program proposal for the installation of vehicle charging stations at school facilities, and requires the CPUC to review, modify if appropriate, and decide whether to approve a pilot program proposal.
- AB 1145 (Quirk) – Conversion of existing overhead electric and communication facilities to underground locations: cable television corporations and cable operators.
This bill includes cable television facilities and operators to existing statutes governing assessments created for the purposes of converting overhead electric and communications facilities to underground locations.
- AB 1414 (Friedman) – Solar energy systems: permits.
This bill reduces the maximum permit fee a city or a county may charge for residential rooftop solar energy systems, applies these caps and commercial permit fee caps to a broader range of solar energy systems, and makes additional changes to existing law governing permit fees for rooftop solar energy systems and to the Solar Rights Act of 1978.
- SB 20 (Hill) – Vehicles: buses: seatbelts.
This bill requires bus drivers and passengers to wear seat belts in buses that are equipped with them and requires drivers to notify passengers of this requirement and the fine for not wearing a seat belt either before departure or with posted signs or placards.
- SB 541 (Allen) – Water: school facility water capture practices.
This bill requires the State Water Resources Control Board, in consultation with the regional water quality control boards, and the Division of the State Architect (within the Department of General Services), to recommend best design and use practices for storm water and dry weather runoff capture practices that can generally be applied to all new, reconstructed, or altered public schools, including school grounds.
- AB 23 (Ridley-Thomas) – Educational programs: single gender schools and classes.
This bill authorizes the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) to maintain any single gender schools and classes that were enrolling pupils as of July 1, 2017. Under the bill, LAUSD is allowed to maintain existing single gender schools and classes but cannot establish new ones.
- AB 233 (Gloria) – Pupils: right to wear religious, ceremonial, or cultural adornments at school graduation ceremonies.
Specifies that a pupil has the right to wear religious, ceremonial, or cultural adornments at school graduation ceremonies. This provision applies to school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools. The local education agency maintains the authority to prohibit an item that is likely to cause substantial disruption or interfere with the ceremony.
- AB 249 (Mullin) – Political Reform Act of 1974: campaign disclosures.
This bill changes the content and format of disclosure statements required on certain campaign advertisements in a manner that generally requires such disclosures to be more prominent. Establishes new requirements for determining when contributions are considered to be “earmarked.”
- AB 261 (Thurmond) – School districts: governing boards: pupil members: preferential voting.
Requires that student members of school district governing boards have preferential voting rights.
- AB 522 (Cunningham) – Alcoholic beverages: nonprofit corporations: raffles.
This bill allows a nonprofit corporation that has been issued a special temporary on-sale or off-sale beer or wine license pursuant to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act, and that has also obtained a raffle registration from the Department of Justice, to offer, provide, or award alcoholic beverages as a prize in a raffle.
- AB 660 (Rubio) – Public agencies: unlawful interference.
Expands the crime of trespass to include interfering with a lawful business carried on by a public agency open to the public by knowingly making a material misrepresentation of the law to those attempting to transact business with the agency and refusing to leave.
- AB 667 (Reyes) – Pupil discipline: suspension: informal conference.
This bill requires that, during the mandatory informal conference, a school principal or district superintendent of schools inform a pupil who is being suspended of the other means of correction that were attempted prior to the suspension.
- AB 765 (Low) – Local initiative measures: submission to the voters.
Eliminates the requirement that a special election be held to vote on a local initiative measure if certain conditions are met, and instead generally requires for the measure to be submitted to voters at a regularly scheduled election unless the governing body of a county, city, or district calls for a special election.
- AB 837 (Low) – No party preference voters: partisan primary elections.
This bill requires the Secretary of State (SOS), county elections officials, and members of a precinct board to provide to voters who have declined to disclose a political party preference information regarding their ability to vote on a political party’s ballot at a partisan primary election, provided the political party has authorized voters who have declined to disclose a political party preference to vote in the partisan election.
- AB 840 (Quirk) – Elections: vote by mail and provisional ballots.
Permits a voter who did not sign his or her vote by mail identification envelope to return a completed unsigned ballot statement to the local elections official by email. Also requires an elections official to provide the official’s mail address on the website containing the unsigned ballot statement instructions.
- AB 867 (Cooley) – Political Reform Act of 1974: contributions.
This bill recasts various provisions of the Political Reform Act (PRA) that are located within the definition of the term “contribution” such that other terms and substantive reporting requirements are relocated to their own sections of the PRA.
- AB 894 (Frazier) – Candidates’ statements: false statements.
Increases the maximum fine for knowingly making a false statement of a material fact in a candidate’s statement from $1,000 to $5,000.
- AB 918 (Bonta) – California Voting for All Act.
This bill significantly expands the availability and accessibility of facsimile ballots in languages other than English in situations where such fax ballots are required to be made available pursuant to existing law. Also requires various signage and postings at polling places to inform voters of the resources available in other languages.
- AB 1104 (Chau) – The California Political Cyberfraud Abatement Act.
Expands the definitions of “political cyberfund” and “political web site” under the California Political Cyberfraud Abatement Act to include websites that urge or appear to urge the support or opposition of candidates for public office.
- AB 1194 (Dababneh D) Elections: local bond measures: tax rate statement.
This bill requires the fiscal statement that is required to be included in the sample ballot for local bond measures to include the best estimate from official sources of the average annual tax rate that would be required to be levied to fund the bond issue over the entire duration of the bond debt service and to identify the final fiscal year in which the tax is anticipated to be collected.
- SB 31 (Lara) – California Religious Freedom Act: state agencies: disclosure of religious affiliation information.
Directs California state and local governments to refrain from initiating, participating in, or assisting with any program to create a religious list, registry, or database, or using information about people’s national origin or ethnicity to achieve the same basic purpose. Provides that an agency or employee would only be deemed in violation of the Act’s provision if the agency or employee shared the information with the actual knowledge that it would be used for purposes prohibited by the Act.
- SB 45 (Mendoza D) Political Reform Act of 1974: mass mailing prohibition.
This bill codifies the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) regulation regarding mass mailings sent at public expense and prohibits these mass mailings from being sent within the 60 days preceding an election by or on behalf of a state or local candidate whose name will appear on the ballot.
- SB 54 (De León) – Law enforcement: sharing data.
Prohibits California law enforcement agencies, including school police and security, from using agency or department resources or personnel to investigate, interrogate, detain, detect, or arrest persons for immigration enforcement purposes. Requires the Attorney General, by October 1, 2018, to publish model policies limiting assistance with immigration enforcement to the fullest extent possible consistent with federal and state law at specified locations, including public schools. Would also require those specified locations, including public schools, to implement this model policy, or an equivalent policy.
- SB 169 (Jackson) Education: sex equity.
This bill requires K-12 schools to use a “preponderance of evidence” standard to decide whether an incident of sexual harassment or violence occurred. Requires higher education institutions to, among other things, adopt rules and procedures for the prevention of sexual harassment, and adopt and post on their websites the grievance and investigation procedures to resolve complaints of sexual harassment.
- SB 344 (Bradford D) School attendance: interdistrict attendance.
Extends the sunset date on the extended timeline provided to county boards of education in Class 1 and Class 2 counties to determine whether a student who has filed an interdistrict appeal should be permitted to attend in the district in which the student desires to attend. Now requires the county board of education in a class 1 county, until July 1, 2023, to make the determination within 60 calendar days and and county board of education in a class 2 county, until July 1, 2019, to make the determination within 45 calendar days.
- SB 358 (Stern) – Political Reform Act of 1974: Secretary of State: online filing and disclosure system.
This bill requires the Secretary of State (SOS) to include on the its website conspicuous hyperlinks to the website of any local government agency contains publicly disclosed campaign finance information. Requires that the SOS must update these hyperlinks no later than December 31 of each year.
- SB 468 (Leyva D) School districts: governing boards: pupil members.
Specifies that the student member of a school district governing board must receive all open meeting materials at the same time they are presented to the board members. Additionally requires the student member to be invited to staff briefings of board members or be provided a separate staff briefing within the same timeframe as the staff briefing of board members.
- SB 568 (Lara) – Primary elections: election date.
This bill, beginning in 2019, changes the date of the statewide direct primary and the presidential primary to the first Tuesday after the first Monday in March and continues the requirement that the presidential primary be consolidated with the statewide direct primary.
- AB 20 (Kalra) – Public employee retirement systems: divestment: Dakota Access Pipeline.
This bill requires CalSTRS and CalPERS to report to the Legislature and the Governor, on or before April 1, 2018, information regarding investments in, and engagement with, companies constructing or funding the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
- AB 45 (Thurmond) – California School Employee Housing Assistance Grant Program.
This bill requires the California Housing Finance Agency to administer the California School Employee Housing Assistance Program, a predevelopment grant and loan program, to fund the creation of affordable housing for school district employees, including teachers. Implementation of this bill is contingent upon a budget appropriation.
- AB 46 (Cooper) – Employers: wage discrimination.
This bill expands the California Equal Pay Act to public sector employers by applying the Equal Pay Act within the Labor Code to public sector employers, which are generally governed by the Government Code, and thus, define “employer” to include both public and private employers
- AB 168 (Eggman) – Employers: salary information.
This bill prohibits all employers, including local governments, from seeking salary history information about an applicant for employment and requires an employer to provide the pay scale for a position to an applicant upon reasonable request. If an applicant voluntarily and without prompting discloses salary history information to a prospective employer, nothing in this section shall prohibit that employer from considering or relying on that voluntarily disclosed salary history information in determining the salary for that applicant.
- AB 226 (Cervantes) – Teacher credentialing: spouses of active duty members of the Armed Forces: expedited application process.
This bill requires the Commission on Teacher Credentialing to expedite their review of applicants that have valid teaching credentials from other states and are married to, or in a legal union with, a member of the military on active duty in California.
- AB 450 (Chiu) – Employment regulation: immigration worksite enforcement actions.
This bill prohibits an employer from providing access to a federal government immigration enforcement agent to any non-public areas of a place of labor if the agent does not have a warrant.
- AB 461 (Muratsuchi) – Personal income taxes: exclusion: forgiven student loan debt.
This bill excludes, beginning on or after January 1, 2017, and before January 1, 2022, student loan amounts repaid by the United States Secretary of Education or canceled, from gross income.
- AB 500 (Bloom) – Employee codes of conduct: employee interactions with pupils.
This bill requires local educational agencies or private schools that include a section on employee interactions with pupils in their employee codes of conduct to provide a written copy of that section to the parents of each child enrolled at the beginning of the school year.
- AB 568 (Gonzalez Fletcher) – School and community college employees: paid maternity leave.
Requires that school districts, charter schools, and community colleges provide at least six weeks of full pay for pregnancy-related leaves of absence taken by certificated, academic, and classified employees.
- AB 569 (Gonzalez Fletcher) – Discrimination: reproductive health.
This bill prohibits an employer from interfering with an employee’s right to make reproductive health care decisions. Amendments taken will delete the definition of adverse employments action and instead reference existing language pertaining to workplace retaliation.
- AB 570 (Gonzalez Fletcher) – Workers’ compensation: permanent disability apportionment.
This bill prohibits the use of pregnancy, childbirth, or other medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth, in the calculation of permanent disability benefits for injuries occurring on or after January 1, 2018.
- AB 584 (Quirk-Silva) – Student financial aid: California Student Opportunity and Access Program: Orange County.
This bill requires the California Student Aid Commission to establish at least one California Student Opportunity and Access Program consortium in Orange County, contingent upon sufficient funding provided in annual Budget Act or another statute.
- AB 621 (Bocanegra) – Classified employees: Classified School Employees Summer Furlough Fund.
This bill establishes a partially self-funded account (and partially funded by school employers) that would allow classified school employees, as specified, to voluntarily contribute earnings that are matched by the state on a 2-to-1 ratio, for the purpose of covering their payroll during periods of school recess.
- AB 670 (Thurmond) – Classified employees: part-time playground positions.
This bill removes the provision exempting part-time playground positions at school districts from classified service.
- AB 952 (Reyes) – Teachers: Bilingual Teacher Professional Development Program.
This bill requires the Commission on Teacher Credentialing to establish a process to identify short-term, high-quality pathways to address the shortage of bilingual education teachers.
- AB 978 (Limón) – Employment safety: injury and illness prevention program.
This bill requires an employer who receives a written request for a complete paper copy, or an electronic copy, of the written Injury and Illness Prevention Plan (IIPP) from a current employee, or his or her authorized representative, as specified, to comply with the request as soon as practicable, but no later than 10 business days from the date a request is received.
- AB 1008 (McCarty) – Employment discrimination: prior criminal history.
This bill prohibits an employer, with certain exceptions, from inquiring about or considering a job applicant’s conviction history prior to a conditional offer of employment, and sets requirements regarding the consideration of conviction histories in employment decisions.
- AB 1122 (Limon) – Teachers: best practice guidance: dual-language and multilanguage educational programs.
This bill requires the Commission on Teacher Credentialing to develop best practice guidance on the establishment of partnerships between local educational agencies and institutions of higher education to establish integrated teacher preparation programs that prepare educators to teach in dual-language and multi-language programs.
- AB 1157 (Mullin) – School property: school district advisory committees: teacher and school district employee housing: property tax exemption.
This bill exempts a school district from convening a specified advisory committee related to surplus property and exempts specified requirements relating to the sale or lease of real property if the purpose of the sale or lease of property is for the construction, reconstruction or renovation of rental housing facilities for school district employees, and clarifies a taxation exemption for property used to house employees of school and community college districts.
- AB 1209 (Gonzalez Fletcher) – Employers: gender pay differentials.
This bill requires certain employers to collect and publish specified data on gender pay differentials. The bill passed with several amendments in order to address cost.
- AB 1243 (Arambula) – Public Employees’ Retirement System: replacement benefits plan.
This bill authorizes a county superintendent of schools to draw, on an annual basis or as directed by CalPERS, requisitions from the county school service fund, the funds of the respective school districts, or other local educational agencies in amounts equal to the total contributions existing law requires be paid to the replacement benefit plan.
- AB 1325 (Committee on Public Employees, Retirement, and Social Security) – State teachers’ retirement.
This bill makes various technical, conforming, and noncontroversial changes to the Education Code related to CalSTRS to improve the administration of the system.
- AB 1399 (Nazarian) – Teacher credentialing: recognition of study in genocide, atrocities, and human rights.
This bill establishes the recognition of study in genocide, atrocities and human rights to be added to a single subject teaching credential.
- AB 1556 (Stone, Mark) – Employment discrimination: unlawful employment practices.
This bill updates the Fair Employment and Housing Act to use gender inclusive references to individuals, thereby clarifying that Californians are protected against discrimination, including pregnancy discrimination, regardless of their gender identity.
- SB 17 (Hernandez) – Health care: prescription drug costs.
This bill establishes disclosure on prescription drug spending, a 90-day prior notification for prescription drug price increases that meet a certain threshold, and reporting to the state on prescription drug price information
- SB 63 (Jackson) – Unlawful employment practice: parental leave.
This bill makes it an unlawful employment practice for an employer, of 20 or more employees, to refuse to allow an eligible employee to take up to 12 weeks of job protected parental leave to bond with a new child within one year of the child’s birth, adoption or foster care placement. This bill also prohibits an employer from refusing to maintain and pay for the employee’s continued group health coverage during the duration of the leave.
- SB 189 (Bradford) – Workers’ compensation: definition of employee.
This bill lowers the ownership threshold for waiving workers’ compensation coverage from 15% to 10%, and also creates specific waiving provisions for professional corporations, worker-owned cooperatives, and closely-held family businesses.
- SB 306 (Hertzberg) – Retaliation actions: complaints: administrative review.
This bill grants the Labor Commissioner, within the Department of Industrial Relations, authority to seek an immediate and temporary injunction when workers face retaliation for reporting violations of the law.
- SB 550 (Pan D) Public school employment: meeting and negotiating: legal actions: settlement offer: attorney’s fees.
This bill requires an employer that rejects an employee organization’s settlement offer to pay the employee organization’s reasonable attorney fees and expenses if the employer fails to obtain a judgment or reward more favorable than that provided in the settlement offer. The fee shifting procedure would not apply to unfair practice or arbitration proceedings.
- SB 728 (Newman) – State public employees: sick leave: veterans with service-related disabilities.
This bill permits state employees – who are members of the National Guard or federal military reserves – who return to state service from active military mobilization with service-connected disabilities, to receive 96 hours of additional, pre-banked sick leave dedicated to treatment of those conditions.
- SB 731 (Newman) – Public school employees: former or current members of the Armed Forces of the United States or California National Guard: leave of absence for illness or injury.
This bill grants to current classified and certificated school employees – who are former active duty members of the United States Armed Forces or who are former or current members of the National Guard or a federal military reserve component, and who have a qualifying service-connected disability – additional, pre-banked paid leave to undergo medical treatment for their service-connected disabilities.
- AB 618 (Low) – Local Agency Public Construction Act: job order contracting: school districts: community college districts.
This bill authorizes community college districts to enter into job order contracts (JOC), an alternative construction contracting agreement currently available to school districts, until January 1, 2022.
- AB 1550 (Limón) – School finance: school bonds: small school district.
This bill authorizes small school districts (fewer than 2,501 ADA) to form joint powers authorities (JPAs) for the purpose of authorizing, issuing, and selling bonds.
- SB 418 (Hernandez) – Public contracts: skilled and trained workforce.
This bill revises the definition of “skilled and trained workforce” to specify that, on or after January 1, 2018, the 40, 50 and 60 percentage graduation rate of skilled journeypersons required for work in specified contracts shall not apply to work performed in the following occupations: acoustical installer, bricklayer, carpenter, cement mason, drywall installer or lather, marble mason, finisher, or setter, modular furniture or systems installer, operating engineer, pile driver, plasterer, roofer or waterproofer, stone mason, surveyor, teamster, terrazzo worker or finisher, and tile layer, setter, or finisher.
- SB 450 (Hertzberg) – Public bodies: bonds: public notice.
This bill requires the governing body of a public body to obtain and disclose in a public meeting specified information regarding the issuance of bonds, including good faith estimates from an underwriter, financial advisor, private lender or third-party borrower regarding the true interest cost and finance charge of the bonds.
- SB 503 (Newman) – Personal income taxes: voluntary tax contribution funds.
This bill renames and extends the sunset date, until January 1, 2025, for both the Keep Arts in Schools Voluntary Tax Contribution Fund (VCF) and the Protect Our Coasts and Oceans VCF, and makes conforming changes.
- SB 527 (Galgiani) – Education finance: local control funding formula: home-to-school transportation: cost-of-living adjustment.
This bill establishes a statutory annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) to the amount of funding that school districts and county offices of education receive from the Home-to-School Transportation (HTST) program.
- SB 751 (Hill) – School finance: school districts: annual budgets: reserve balance.
This bill changes the current cap on school district reserves, including exempting small and basic aid school districts, making the cap 10% for each year following a deposit (or balance) of a specified amount in the Public School System Stabilization Account, and specifying that the cap only applies to assigned and unassigned ending balances in general fund accounts.
- AB 350 (Salas) – Cannabis edibles: appealing to children.
This bill prohibits making a cannabis product in the shape of a person, animal, insect or fruit.
- AB 424 (McCarty) – Possession of a firearm in a school zone.
Deletes the authority of a school district superintendent, his or her designee, or equivalent school authority to provide written permission for a person to possess a firearm within a school zone. The bill also exempts sanctioned shooting sports or activities from the prohibition.
- AB 459 (Chau) – Public records: video or audio recordings: crime.
This bill restricts, under the CPRA, the public disclosure of video and audio recordings held by law enforcement that depict a victim of sexual or domestic violence. Additionally, requires that the victim or victim’s family be given access to a copy of the recording.
- AB 597 (Stone, Mark) – Child abuse and neglect: information: computerized database system.
Permits Santa Clara County, Santa Cruz County, and San Mateo County to share information regarding families at risk for child abuse or neglect. The bill also allows for this information to be used for research purposes intended to better serve those families and to prevent abuse and neglect, provided specified assurances regarding the confidentiality of personal identifying information are met.
- AB 953 (Baker) – Protective orders: personal information of minors.
This bill allows a court to make information about a minor contained in a civil harassment or domestic violence protective order, confidential.
- AB 1029 (Weber) – Comprehensive school safety plans.
This bill requires changes to the composition of the comprehensive school safety plan and the membership of the safety committee, and requires the CDE to share best practices for social-emotional learning programs and practices, and to provide technical assistance to LEAs.
- AB 10 (Garcia, Cristina) – Feminine hygiene products: school and college bathrooms: shelter services.
This bill requires a public school serving students in any of grades 6 to 12, that meets the 40% pupil poverty threshold required to operate a federal Title I school-wide program, to stock at least 50% of the school’s restrooms with feminine hygiene products at all times and to provide those products at no charge.
- AB 210 (Santiago) – Homeless multidisciplinary personnel team.
This bill allows counties to develop a homeless adult and family multidisciplinary team in order to facilitate identification and assessment of homeless individuals, and link homeless individuals to housing and supportive services, and to allow service providers to share confidential information to ensure continuity of care.
- AB 236 (Maienschein) – CalWORKs: housing assistance.
This bill adopts changes to CalWORKs housing assistance for temporary shelter to make the assistance available to certain families receiving reunification services through the child welfare services system and requires DSS to work with certain entities to report to the Legislature on shelter costs and best practices for transitioning families to permanent shelter
- AB 247 (Garcia, Cristina) – Public health: childhood lead poisoning: Lead Advisory Taskforce.
This bill requires the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment to convene and appoint 20 members from specified government agencies, industries, and expertise areas and interest groups, to a Lead Advisory Taskforce to review and advise on policies and procedures to reduce childhood lead poisoning in the state by April 1, 2018.
- AB 340 (Arambula) – Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment Program: trauma screening.
This bill requires that screening services provided under the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) Program include screening for trauma, defines trauma for the purpose of screening, and requires the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), in consultation with DSS, behavioral health experts, child welfare experts, and stakeholders, to adopt, employ and develop tools and protocols for the screening of children for trauma.
- AB 404 (Stone, Mark) – Foster Care
This bill adopts changes to further facilitate implementation of Continuum of Care Reform recommendations to better serve children and youth in California’s child welfare services system.
- AB 462 (Thurmond) – Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission: wage information data access.
This bill authorizes the Director of Employment Development Department to share information with the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission related to quarterly wage data to assist the Commission in fulfilling its duties under the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), to the extent permitted under applicable federal statute and regulation.
- AB 470 (Arambula) – Medi-Cal: specialty mental health services: performance outcome reports.
This bill requires DHCS to consult with specified stakeholders to inform the updates to the performance outcomes system for specialty mental health services (SMHS) developed for EPSDT and under the Special Terms and Conditions of the Medi-Cal SMHS Waiver.
- AB 501 (Ridley-Thomas) – Mental health: community care facilities.
This bill allows a short-term residential therapeutic program to be operated as a children’s crisis residential mental health program, with specified regulatory requirements.
- AB 529 (Stone, Mark) – Juveniles: Sealing of Records.
This bill requires the sealing of records relating to dismissed or unsustained juvenile court petitions and relating to diversion and supervision programs by probation departments.
- AB 563 (Arambula) – CalFresh Employment and Training program.
This bill removes the double penalty of unemployment for recipients subject to the Able Bodied Adult Without Dependents time limit, establishing a CalFresh Employment and Training (E&T) Center for Excellence, and clarifying that the Department of Social Services may directly contract with E&T Providers.
- AB 604 (Gipson) – Nonminor dependents: extended foster care benefits.
This bill requires the court to assume transition jurisdiction over a youth who was arrested for or convicted of any nonviolent offense committed while he or she was a victim of human trafficking regardless of a court order vacating the underlying adjudication.
- AB 691 (Levine) – Pupil nutrition: almond milk.
This bill allows school districts to enter into a contract that permits the sale of almond milk at schools without requiring a public hearing or adopting a policy, as well as adds almond milk to the list of competitive beverages that may be sold to pupils during the school day.
- AB 699 (O’Donnell) – Educational equity: immigration status.
This bill requires the Attorney General to publish model policies limiting assistance with immigration enforcement at public schools, requires LEAs to adopt the model policies or equivalent polices, and provides education and support to immigrant students and their families.
- AB 705 (Irwin) – Seymour-Campbell Student Success Act of 2012: matriculation: assessment.
This bill requires a community college district or college to maximize the probability that a student will enter and complete transfer-level coursework in math and English within a one-year timeframe by utilizing multiple measures to achieve this goal.
- AB 727 (Nazarian) – Mental Health Services Act: housing assistance.
This bill clarifies that counties may spend funds on housing assistance for people in the target population for programs funded by the MHSA, including programs that serve seriously emotionally disturbed children or adolescents.
- AB 766 (Friedman) – Foster youth: students of the California State University and California Community Colleges.
This bill provide educational housing support for foster youth attending college that are still minors, that includes college dormitories on CSU and CCC campuses.
- AB 841 (Weber) – Pupil nutrition: food and beverages: advertising: corporate incentive programs.
This bill prohibits all public schools participating in the National School Lunch Program or School Breakfast Program from advertising food or beverages that do not meet specified nutritional standards anywhere on school campuses during the school day, and from participating in corporate student incentive programs involving non-compliant food and beverages.
- AB 850 (Chau) – Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission.
This bill increases the membership of the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission to include an individual with knowledge and experience in reducing mental health disparities, especially for racial and ethnic communities, to be appointed by the Governor.
- AB 878 (Gipson) – Juveniles: restraints.
This bill limits the use of restraints to transport a minor from a juvenile detention facility and clarifies when restraints may be used in juvenile court.
- AB 935 (Stone, Mark) – Juvenile proceedings: competency.
This bill revises the procedure to determine the mental competence of a juvenile charged with a crime.
- AB 954 (Chiu) – Food labeling: guidelines: quality and safety dates.
This bill requires the California Department of Food and Agriculture in consultation with the CDPH, to publish guidelines that encourage the voluntarily use of uniform quality dates and safety dates on food product labels, specifically, a “best if used by” date to indicate quality, and a “use by” date to indicate safety.
- AB 1006 (Maienschein) – Foster youth.
This bill requires the provision of information about mental health treatment information to a prospective adoptive family or the guardian or guardians of foster youth, and requires specialized permanency services be provided to certain youth.
- AB 1124 (Cervantes) Juvenile Court School Pupils: Graduation Requirements and Continued Education Options.
This bill authorizes a student or the education rights holder of that student in a juvenile court school to voluntarily defer the issuance of a high school diploma so that he or she may take additional coursework beyond the minimum state requirements for high school graduation.
- AB 1127 (Calderon) – Baby diaper changing stations.
This bill requires state and local agencies, permanent food facilities, and specified public facilities, including a theater, sports arena, or library, to install and maintain at least one baby diaper changing station if the building or facility is open to the public.
- AB 1219 (Eggman) – Food donations.
This bill requires the provision of information about mental health treatment information to a prospective adoptive family or the guardian or guardians of foster youth, and requires specialized permanency services be provided to certain youth.
- AB 1308 (Stone, Mark) Youth Offender Parole Hearings.
This bill expands the youth offender parole process to include those who committed their crimes before turning 26 years old.
- AB 1315 (Mullin) – Mental health: early psychosis detection and intervention.
This bill establishes the Early Psychosis Intervention Competitive Selection Process Plus Program and an advisory committee to the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission to encompass early psychosis and mood disorder detection and intervention. Provides that the implementation of the grant program and adoption of regulations be contingent upon the deposit into the Early Psychosis Detection and Intervention Fund of at least $500,000 in nonstate funds for the purpose of funding grants.
- AB 1316 (Quirk) – Public health: childhood lead poisoning: prevention.
This bill requires CDPH to define “risk” in the regulations for the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program.
- AB 1332 (Bloom) – Juveniles: dependents: removal.
This bill establishes a specific standard for removal of a dependent child from the physical custody of a noncustodial parent unless the juvenile court finds clear and convincing evidence that it would be a substantial danger to the physical health, safety, protection, or physical or emotional well-being of the child.
- AB 1340 (Maienschein) – Continuing medical education: mental and physical health care integration.
This bill requires the Medical Board of California to consider including in its continuing education requirements a course in integrating mental and physical health care in primary care settings, especially as it pertains to early identification of mental health issues and exposure to trauma in children and young adults and their appropriate care and treatment.
- AB 1371 (Stone, Mark) Juveniles: Ward, Dependent, and Nonminor Dependent Parents.
This bill expands the opportunity for youth in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems who are also parents to consult with an attorney before their children are removed from their care and better protects the ability of these parents to raise their children.
- AB 1401 (Maienschein) – Juveniles: protective custody warrant.
This bill clarifies that a court may issue a protective custody warrant for the protection of a child under specified circumstances when the child is not already the subject of a dependency petition.
- AB 1520 (Burke) – Lifting Children and Families Out of Poverty Task Force.
This bill establishes the Lifting Children and Families Out of Poverty Task Force, in order to recommend strategies for addressing deep child poverty and reducing child poverty in the state.
- AB 1533 (O’Donnell) – Pupil instruction: College Promise Partnership Act.
This bill removes the June 30, 2017 sunset date on the Long Beach College Promise Partnership Act, thereby allowing this program to continue indefinitely.
- AB 1567 (Holden) – Public postsecondary education: California State University: California Community Colleges: foster youth: Higher Education Outreach and Assistance Act for Foster Youth.
This bill requires the DSS and county welfare departments to share relevant information regarding foster youth at a CSU and the CCC system, and requires each campus to communicate eligibility for financial aid and campus supports with applicants and enrolled students who are current or former foster youth.
- SB 138 (McGuire) – School meal programs: free and reduced-price meals: universal meal service.
This bill requires the CDE to share Medi-Cal participation data it receives from the CHDS with LEAs, to develop and implement a process to directly certify children whose families meet the income criteria into the school meal program. This bill also requires school districts, charters and COEs with a very high poverty school to provide breakfast and lunch free of charge to all students at those schools. A school district, charter school or COE may pass a resolution and be exempt from this requirement due to fiscal hardship.
- SB 190 (Mitchell) – Juveniles.
This bill limits the authority of local agencies to assess and collect specified fees against families of persons subject to the juvenile delinquency system.
- SB 213 (Mitchell) – Placement of children: criminal records check.
This bill revises rules for exemptible and non-exemptible crimes for those seeking placement of foster children. Amendments taken will remove exemption options for crimes committed against children.
- SB 220 (Pan) – Medi-Cal Children’s Health Advisory Panel.
This bill makes various governing changes to the Medi-Cal Children’s Health Advisory Panel, including term limits of members, greater flexibility in appointing the three parent positions, and the process of removing a member.
- SB 233 (Beall) – Foster children: records.
This bill expands the list of caregivers who may access educational records of current or former students, as well as the type of school records that may be accessed, and clarifies the rights and duties of a foster caregiver relative to school records.
- SB 250 (Hertzberg) – Pupil meals: Child Hunger Prevention and Fair Treatment Act of 2017.
This bill requires a LEA that provides school meals through the federal National School Lunch Program or the federal School Breakfast Program, to ensure that a pupil whose parent or guardian has unpaid school meal fees is not shamed, treated differently, or served a different meal than a pupil whose parent or guardian does not have unpaid school meal fees.
- SB 257 (Lara) – School admissions: pupil residency: pupils of deported parents: residents of adjoining foreign country: school district reimbursement.
This bill requires a school district to admit a pupil seeking admission, regardless of their residency, if the pupil official documentation of the following: the parent or guardian has been removed or was permitted to depart voluntarily, and that pupil moved abroad, but was enrolled in a public school in California immediately before moving abroad. The bill also exempts the pupil from paying school district tuition as a foreign resident and instead adds the pupil to calculations of average daily attendance for the purposes of obtaining state funds.
- SB 304 (Portantino) – Juvenile court school pupils: joint transitions planning policy: individualized transition plan.
This bill requires joint transition policies for students leaving juvenile court schools to provide for an individualized transition plan, including a transition portfolio, for students detained for 20 or more consecutive school days.
- SB 312 (Skinner) – Juveniles: sealing of records.
This bill authorizes the court to order the sealing of records for certain serious or violent offenses committed when a juvenile was 14 years of age or older
- SB 379 (Atkins) – Pupil health: oral health assessment.
This bill modifies current oral health assessment requirements for pupils in public school, including authorizing that schools or school districts who host a free oral health assessment to provide an oral health assessment, unless the parent or legal guardian opts out.
- SB 438 (Roth) – Juveniles: legal guardianship: successor guardian.
This bill authorizes the assessment of a legal guardian for a foster child to also include the naming of a prospective successor guardian if one is identified. This bill, in the event of the incapacity or death of an appointed guardian, authorizes the named successor guardian to be assessed and appointed pursuant to the existing procedures that govern the appointment of a legal guardian.
- SB 462 (Atkins) – Juveniles: case files: access.
This bill provides access to information in a juvenile delinquency case file, including a sealed case file, as required by state or federal law or by a grant requirement or for research, provided no personally identifying information is released.
- SB 544 (McGuire) – School districts: contracting: purchases for child nutrition programs.
This bill reconciles the differences in school nutrition contract procurement regulations at the state and federal levels by maintaining cost as the primary factor, but allowing for consideration of other factors, as well.
- SB 557 (Hernandez) – Food donations and pupil meals: schools.
This bill allows public schools to reduce food waste by utilizing share tables during regular school meal times or by donating food items to food banks.
- SB 612 (Mitchell) – Foster care: transitional housing.
This bill alters the Transitional Housing program guidelines for former and current foster youth by permitting adults to supervise youth without living onsite with them, and to allow nonminor dependents to live independently in an apartment or home.
- SB 613 (De León) – Immigration status.
This bill repeals longstanding requirements in the Welfare and Institutions Code that require the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), Department of State Hospitals (DSH), and Department of Developmental Services (DDS) to “cooperate with” federal immigration authorities in “arranging for the deportation of all aliens” who are confined in their respective institutions.
- SB 625 (Atkins) – Juveniles: honorable discharge.
This bill re-establishes a mechanism for honorable discharges for persons discharged from the Division of Juvenile Facilities
- SB 730 (Pan) – Pupil nutrition: National School Lunch Act: Buy American provision: compliance.
This bill requires CDE to take specified actions in order to monitor compliance with the federal Buy American provisions for the National School Lunch program, including posting resources and best practices on their Web site.
- SB 743 (Hernandez) – Medi-Cal: family planning providers.
This bill prohibits Medi-Cal managed care plan from restricting the choice of a qualified provider, as defined, from whom a beneficiary enrolled in the managed care plan may receive family planning services covered by Medi-Cal.
- AB 811 (Gipson) – Juveniles: rights: computing technology.
This bill requires all minors confined in a juvenile facility to have reasonable access to technology and the Internet for educational purposes, and to maintain contact with parents, guardians, and other family members.
- AB 1022 (Irwin) – Information technology: Technology Recovery Plans: inventory.
This bill requires state agencies to include an inventory of all critical infrastructure controls and associated assets within their Technology Recovery Plan.
- AB 1034 (Chau ) – Government interruption of communications.
This bill implements various recommendations by the California Law Revision Commission related to government interruption of communication service statutes.
- AB 1306 (Obernolte) – California Cybersecurity Integration Center.
This bill codifies in statute the California Cybersecurity Integration Center (Cal-CSIC) within the Office of Emergency Services (OES) to develop a statewide cybersecurity strategy in coordination with the California Task Force on Cybersecurity, authorizes the Governor to suspend the operations of the Cal-CSIC if federal funding is unavailable, and prohibits the Cal-CSIC from requiring private sector companies to share information.
- AB 1665 (Santiago) – Telecommunications: California Advanced Services Fund.
This bill makes various change to the California Advanced Services Fund (CASF) including revising the goal of the program to approve funding for infrastructure projects that will provide broadband access to no less than 98% of California households in each consortia region.
- SB 345 (Bradford) – Law enforcement agencies: public records.
This bill requires specified law enforcement agencies to conspicuously post on their websites all current standards, policies, practices, operating procedures, education and training materials that would otherwise be available if a request was made under the California Public Records Act
- SB 649 (Hueso) – Wireless telecommunications facilities.
This bill establishes a statewide framework for streamlining the permit and siting process for small cell wireless facilities that meet specified requirements.
- On September 19, 2017