Legislative Updates

Wrap-up of State Legislative Session

The California Workforce Association is a membership organization representing 46 local workforce development boards across the state. Through its lobbyist, Rose & Kindel, it has been tracking legislation over the past year that may impact the local workforce development community and its customers and partners. With the close of the legislative session, here are some highlights:

AB 801 (Bloom): Success for Homeless Youth in Higher Education Act: Enacts Success for Homeless Youth in Higher Education Act. Deletes the repeal date of, and thereby extends the request for the granting of priority, with respect to the University of California and community colleges to include homeless youth, and extends that priority requirement. Requires other qualifying institutions to designate a staff member within the financial aid office or department to serve as a Homeless and Foster Student Liaison. Places such youth within the scope of financial aid programs.
Status: Chaptered

AB 1508 (Mullin): Workforce Investment Boards: Funding: Amends an existing law which requires local workforce investment boards to spend a minimum percentage of specified funds for adults and dislocated workers on federally identified workforce training programs, which allows the boards to leverage specified funds, and which authorizes a credit of that funding minimum for leveraged funds, which include Pell Grants and employment training panel grants. Expands the types of services to which leveraged funds may be applied to include supportive services.
Status: Failed-Adjourned

AB 1697 (Bonilla): Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology: Amends the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program. Adds a project’s ability, under the Program, to provide a path for trained workers to transition to jobs in the clean technology and renewable fuels sections and a project’s ability to promote employment of trained workers in those sectors as additional criteria on which preference under the Program shall be provided. Revises the eligibility criteria for workforce training programs.
Status: Chaptered

AB 1996 (Gordon): Private Postsecondary Education: Exemptions: Exempts specified institutions from the Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009, if it maintains its status as a nonprofit institution that is accredited by a specified accreditation entity, does not award degrees or diplomas and is paid from state or federal student financial aid program for fewer than a specified percentage of its students. Requires specified information from a qualified entity to be on the CalJOBs website.
Status: Vetoed

AB 2058 (Mayes): CalWORKs Educational Incentives: Creates the CalWORKs Educational Opportunity and Attainment Program to provide CalWORKs recipients with an education incentive grant for attainment of a high school diploma or its equivalent, an associates degree or career technical education program, or a bachelor’s degree, if the program was completed while under CalWORKs. Requires certification by the county of the participant to ensure receipt of the incentive grant. Appropriates funds for the CalWORKs Recipients Education Program in community colleges.
Status: Failed-Adjourned

AB 2061 (Waldron): Supervised Population Workforce Training Grant: Relates to the Supervised Population Workforce Training Grant Program and vocational training, and apprenticeship opportunities for individuals on probation, mandatory supervision, and post-release community supervision. Requires the Workforce Investment Board to give preference to a grant application that proposes participation by employers who have demonstrated interest in employing individuals in the supervised population. Requires related reports to the Legislature.
Status: Chaptered

AB 2285 (McCarty): State employment: Foster Youth Job Readiness Training: Requires the Department of Human Resources to establish a class in the classification plan that would enable former foster youth who do not otherwise meet the eligibility criteria for any current class to obtain employment with the state. Requires the Department to establish an emancipated foster youth program to provide training for eventual jobs with State agencies. Requires a job readiness training program for eligible participants in Sacramento County.
Status: Failed-Adjourned

AB 2642 (E. Garcia): Removing Barriers to Employment Act: Initiative: Enacts the Removing Barriers to Employment Act to establish a specified initiative to create a grant program to assist individuals who have multiple barriers to employment receive the remedial education and work readiness skills that will help these individuals to successfully participate in training, apprenticeship or employment opportunities that enhance skill development. Requires posting related information on the Labor and Workforce Development Agency’s Internet website.
Status: Failed-Adjourned

SB 66 (Leyva) Career Technical Education: Requires the Department of Community Affairs to make available to the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges licensure information the Department has in electronic format to measure employment outcomes of students who participate in state career technical community college programs and to recommend how these programs may be improved. Urges the Chancellor to align these measures with performance accountability measures of the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.
Status: Chaptered

SB 1004 (Hill): Youth Adults: Deferred Entry of Judgment Pilot Program: Authorizes specified counties to establish a pilot program to operate a deferred entry of judgment pilot program for eligible defendants. Relates to felony offenses. Requires a defendant reentry services plan. Provides for a return to custody if the defendant is performing unsatisfactorily. Provides the time period for approval or denial of a county’s application. Requires dismissal of charges if the defendant successfully completes the program. Requires reporting of program data and recidivism rate data.
Status: Chaptered