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Legislative Updates

Wrap-up of State Legislative Session

Through its lobbyist Rose & Kindel, the California Workforce Association (CWA), a membership organization representing the local workforce investment boards, has been tracking over twenty-five priority state bills over the past year, which may impact the local workforce investment community and its customers and partners.  With the close of the state legislative session, here are some highlights:

AB 2060 (V.M. Perez): Supervised Post-Release Job Training Program. Would establish the Post-Release Community Supervision Supervised Population Workforce Training Grant Program to be administered by the California Workforce Investment Board (CWIB) and funded, upon appropriation by the Legislature. Grants to include vocational training, supportive services, remediation, stipends for trainees, and apprenticeship opportunities for the supervised population which would include individuals on probation, mandatory supervision, and post-release community supervision.
Status: Chaptered

AB 1920 (Campos): Board of State and Community Corrections: Requires that the services provided by the Board of State and Community Corrections include job training and employment opportunities, and the target population includes at-risk youth.
Status: Chaptered

AB 2148 (Mullin): Annual Workforce Metrics Dashboard: Would add to the CWIB’s responsibilities that it assist the Governor in the development of an annual report card that measures the state’s human capital investments in workforce development, a status report on credential and degree attainment and wage gain outcomes of workforce education and training programs.
Status: Chaptered

AB 2235 (Buchanan): Education facilities: Kindergarten-University Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2014. Would enact the Kindergarten-University Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2014 to authorize an unspecified amount of state general obligation bonds to provide aid to school districts, county suerintendents of schools, county boards of education, charter schools, the California Community Colleges, the University of California system, and the California State University to construct and modernize education facilities.
Status: Dead

AB 2308 (Stone): Prisoners: Identification Cards. Would require the Department of Corrections and the Department of Motor Vehicles to ensure that all eligible inmates released from state prisons have valid identification cards.
Status: Chaptered

SB 923 (Pavley): Educational Apprenticeship Innovation Act: Establishes a competitive grant, Educational Apprenticeship Innovation Prize (EdPrize) that would be awarded to school districts, county offices of education, charter schools, and community colleges who promote apprenticeships, pre-apprenticeships, and career pathways among education, higher education and businesses.
Status: Vetoed

AB 1910 (Gray): California Workforce Investment Board: San Joaquin Valley Regional Planning and Preparedness Act of 2014: Would require the CWIB to establish the San Joaquin Valley Regional Economic Planning and Preparedness Council as a special committee, composed of specified members to, among other things, identify and develop a framework and make recommendations as to appropriate strategies, programs, policies, partnerships and funding opportunities necessary to address the growing need for a highly skilled and well-trained workforce to meet the needs of the San Joaquin Valley’s emerging technology and energy economy.
Status: Vetoed

SB 850 (Block): Community College Districts: Baccalaureate Degree Pilot Program: Authorizes the California Community Colleges (CCC) Board of Governors, in consultation with the California State University (CSU) and the University of California (UC) to establish a statewide baccalaureate degree pilot program at not more than 15 community college districts. Authorizes each of those districts to offer one baccalaureate degree program within the district.
Status: Chaptered

SB 1028 (Jackson): Student Financial Aid: Cal Grant C Awards: Would require the commission to give special consideration to the social and economic situations of the students applying for the grants, giving additional weight to applicants facing specified challenges. In determining the individual award amounts, the bill would additionally require the commission to take into account the financial means available to the student to fund his or her course of study and costs of attendance. The bill would revise the criteria that areas of occupational and technical training are required to meet to be given priority for awards.
Status: Chaptered

SB 1247 (Lieu): Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009: Revises and recasts the provisions of the Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009. Establishes a successor board under the Act and provides the duties and requirements of that agency, including greater authority to oversee private for-profit colleges. Establishes a Student Tuition Recovery Fund and requires the board to adopt regulations governing the administration and maintenance of the Fund.
Status: Chaptered

AB 1797 (Rodriguez): California Workforce Investment Board (earn and learn): In an effort to expand job training and employment for allied health professions, this bill would require the CWIB, in consultation with the Division of Apprenticeship Standards, to identify opportunities for “earn and learn” job training opportunities and develop the means to identify, assess, and prepare a pool of qualified candidates seeking to enter “earn and learn” job training models.
Status: Chaptered

AB 2396 (Bonta): Convictions: Expungement Licenses: Would prohibit the Department of Consumer Affairs from denying a license to an individual based solely on a conviction that has been dismissed. Bill designed to reduce employment barriers for people with criminal records who have been rehabilitated.
Status: Chaptered

AB 1522 (Gonzalez): Employment: paid sick days: Would guarantee all workers at least three days of paid sick leave.
Status: Chaptered

Federal Appropriations

On September 19, President Barack Obama signed a Continuing Resolution at the current spending level of $1.012 trillion that will keep the federal government open until December 11, preventing another government shutdown. Both the House and Senate are working on an omnibus spending bill totaling $1.014 trillion, with Congress expected to take up appropriations again during the lame-duck session following the November elections.