Policy Watch





The bills listed below have each been placed on the Policy Watch as top 2018 priorities by organizations who are part of our TCM community. If your organization has top priority bills you are currently actively working on that you would like to have added please let us know at editor@tcmfresno.org.

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ACR1 Assembly Concurrent Resolution Concurrent 
Immigration: public charges.This measure would condemn regulations proposed by the Department of Homeland Security to prescribe how a determination of an alien’s inadmissability is made based on the likelihood that the alien will become a public charge. This measure would also urge the federal government to reconsider and roll back the proposed regulations. 

Action Alert: March 21, 2019 "Adopted and to Senate."
Action Alert: April 3, 2019 "Re-referred to Com. on HUM. S."



AB 6  Early Childhood Education
This bill would establish in the department the Office of Early Childhood Education in order to ensure a holistic implementation of early childhood education programs and universal preschool. The bill would require the office to have specified responsibilities, including the responsibility of coordinating services with the State Department of Social Services and the California Health and Human Services Agency, to ensure that social and health services are provided to children in early childhood education programs and to identify families eligible for early childhood education financial assistance.

Action Alert: January 17, 2019 "Referred to Coms. on ED. and HUM. S."
Action Alert: March 18, 2019 "From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to Com. on ED. Read second time and amended."
Action Alert: March 19, 2019 "Re-referred to Com. on ED."
Action Alert: April 1, 2019 "From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on HUM. S. (Ayes 5. Noes 1.) (March 27)."

Action Alert: April 2, 2019 "Read second time and amended."
Action Alert: April 3, 2019 "Re-referred to Com. on HUM. S."
Action Alert: April 10, 2019 "From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 8. Noes 0.) (April 9). Re-referred to Com. on APPR."
Action Alert: on May 16, 2019 "From committee: Do pass. (Ayes 17. Noes 0.)"
Action Alert: on May 28, 2019 "Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Senate."
Action Alert: on June 6, 2019 "Referred to Coms. on ED. and HUMAN S."



AB 22 Housing: Safe and Clean Shelter for Children
This bill would declare that it is the policy of the state that every child has the right to safe and clean shelter and that no child should be without safe and clean shelter by 2025. The bill would require the agency, the department, and every other state agency, to consider this policy when establishing, adopting, or revising any policy, regulation, or grant criterion pertinent to safe and clean shelter for children.

Action Alert: January 17, 2019 "Referred to Coms. on HIGHER ED. and ED."



AB 24  Targeted Child Tax Credit
The Personal Income Tax Law allows various credits against taxes imposed by that law.This bill would declare the Legislature’s intent to enact legislation that would establish a Targeted Child Tax Credit as recommended by the task force.

Action Alert: March 26, 2019 "From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to Com. on REV. and TAX. Read second time and amended."
Action Alert: March 27, 2019 "Re-referred to Com. on REV. and TAX."
Action Alert: May 2, 2019 "Re-referred to Com. on REV. and TAX."
Action Alert: on May 7, 2019 "From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 9. Noes 1.) (May 6). Re-referred to Com. on APPR."



AB 30 Community Colleges: College and Career Access Pathways Partnerships
In 2015, California’s Legislature and Governor removed barriers to dual enrollment access by adopting the College and Career Access Pathways Act, (AB 288) by Assemblymember Holden, which has increased opportunities for underserved students to attend college.
 
On Monday, December 3rd, Assemblymember Chris Holden introduced Assembly Bill 30 (AB 30) which ensures that access to early college opportunities remain available to all California students by preventing key statutes from sunsetting. AB 30 recognizes the importance of enabling innovative partnerships between K-12 districts and community colleges so that college access is ubiquitous and not exclusive. More importantly, AB 30 is a step towards eliminating opportunity gaps for students underrepresented in higher education. 

Action Alert: March 11, 2019 "Re-referred to Com. on ED"
Action Alert: "April 11, 2019 "From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. with recommendation: To Consent Calendar. (Ayes 6. Noes 0.) (April 10). Re-referred to Com. on APPR."
Action Alert: April 30, 2019 "Re-referred to Com. on APPR."
Action Alert: on May 16, 2019 "From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended. (Ayes 18. Noes 0.) "
Action Alert: on May 16, 2019  "Read second time and amended. Ordered returned to second reading."
Action Alert: on May 28, 2019 "Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Senate."
Action Alert: on June 6, 2019 "Referred to Com. on ED."
Action Alert: on June 12, 2019 "From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. with recommendation: To Consent Calendar. (Ayes 7. Noes 0.) (June 12). Re-referred to Com. on APPR."



AB 123 Early Childhood Education: State Preschool Program (transitional kindergarten, access, standards)  
This bill would make various findings and declarations regarding early childhood education and would provide that it is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would do certain things relating to early childhood education, including expanding the state preschool program and enabling local educational agencies to blend the program with transitional kindergarten.

Action Alert: March 25, 2019 "Referred to Com. on ED."
Action Alert: March 26, 2019 "From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to Com. on ED. Read second time and amended."
Action Alert: on May 16, 2019 "From committee: Do pass. (Ayes 14. Noes 3.)"
Action Alert: on May 28, 2019 "Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Senate."
Action Alert: on June 6, 2019 "Referred to Com. on ED."



AB 124 Preschool Facilities Bond Act of 2020
This bill would enact the Preschool Facilities Bond Act of 2020 which, if approved by the voters, would authorize the 
issuance of bonds in the amount of $500,000,000 pursuant to the State General Obligation Bond Law to finance a preschool facility grant program. 

Action Alert: January 24, 2019 "Referred to Com. on ED."



AB 125 Early Childhood Education: Reimbursement Rates
This bill would provide that it is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would establish a single regionalized state reimbursement rate system for childcare, preschool, and early learning services that would achieve specified objectives. 

Action Alert: March 12, 2019 "Referred to Coms. on HUM. S."
Action Alert: March 12, 2019 "From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to Com. on HUM. S. Read second time and amended.
Action Alert: April 1, 2019 "From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to Com. on HUM. S. Read second time and amended."

Action Alert: April 2, 2019 "Re-referred to Com. on HUM. S."
Action Alert: April 10, 2019 "From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on ED. (Ayes 7. Noes 0.) (April 9). Re-referred to Com. on ED."
Action Alert: on May 17, 2019 "From committee: Do pass as amended. (Ayes 18. Noes 0.)"
Action Alert: on May 17, 2019 "Read second time and amended. Ordered returned to second reading."
Action Alert: on May 29, 2019 "Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Senate."
Action Alert: on June 12, 2019 "Referred to Com. on ED."

 


AB 194 An act to add Section 8209.1 to the Education Code (relating to childcare and development services)
This bill would provide that $1,000,000,000 shall be made available, upon appropriation by the Legislature, to immediately improve access to alternative payment programs and general childcare and development programs. 

Action Alert:March 18, 2019Referred to Com. on HUM. S.
Action Alert: March 19, 2019From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to Com. on HUM. S. Read second time and amended.
Action Alert: April 10, 2019 "From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 8. Noes 0.) (April 9). Re-referred to Com. on APPR."



AB 531 Foster Youth: Housing
This bill would authorize a resource family, foster family home, certified foster home, approved relative caregiver or nonrelative extended family member of a participant to be automatically converted to a host family without additional certification. The bill would require, if a non-minor dependent receiving transitional housing services lives with a host family, payment for those services to be split between the transitional housing placement provider, the host family, and the non-minor dependent, unless a different apportionment is agreed to by all parties.

Action Alert: February 21, 2019 "Referred to Com. on HUM. S."
Action Alert: on June 6, 2019 "Referred to Coms. on HUMAN S. and JUD."
Action Alert: on June 25, 2019 "From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on JUD. with recommendation: To Consent Calendar. (Ayes 6. Noes 0.) (June 24). Re-referred to Com. on JUD."


AB 1617  (Pupil instruction: high school graduation requirements: financial aid applications)
This bill would require that each governing body of a school district, county office of education, or charter school ensure that each grade 12 pupil who does not opt out, as provided, completes and submits a Free Application for Federal Student Aid or, if the pupil is exempt from paying nonresident tuition under existing law, completes and submits a form for purposes of the California Dream Act. The bill would authorize the school district, county office of education, or charter school to exempt a pupil who fails to comply with the requirement due to extenuating circumstances. By imposing additional duties on local educational agencies, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

Action Alert: on April 30, 2019 "Re-referred to Com. on ED."   


AB 1725 After School Education and Safety Program


SB 12 Mental Health Services: Youth
This bill would declare the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would authorize the state and local governments to establish a series of at least 100 centers statewide to address the mental health needs of California youth. The bill would declare the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to allocate or encourage the allocation of funding for that purpose, as specified. The bill would make related findings and declarations.

Action Alert: February 19, 2019 "From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on RLS."
Action Alert: on May 17, 2019 "Read second time and amended. Ordered to second reading."
Action Alert: on May 17, 2019 "From committee: Do pass as amended. (Ayes 6. Noes 0.)"


SB 14 Glazer. Education finance: Higher Education Facilities Bond Act of 2020
This bill would enact the Higher Education Facilities Bond Act of 2020, which, upon approval by the state electorate, would authorize the issuance of state general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $8,000,000,000, with one-half of the amount designated for the University of California and the Hastings College of the Law and the other half designated for the California State University, for purposes similar to those specified in the Higher Education Facilities Bond Act of 1986, the Higher Education Facilities Bond Act of 1988, and the Higher Education Facilities Bond Act of June 1992, to be issued and sold in a manner similar to that provided under those acts.

Action Alert: April 9, 2019 "From committee: Do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 5. Noes 1.)"
Action Alert: April 10, 2019 "Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on APPR"
Action Alert: on May 16, 2019 "From committee: Do pass. (Ayes 5. Noes 1.)"
Action Alert: on May 22, 2019"Read third time. Passed. (Ayes 33. Noes 4.) Ordered to the Assembly."
Action Alert: on June 12, 2019 "From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 10. Noes 0.) (June 11). Re-referred to Com. on APPR."



SB 26 Personal Income Taxes: Working Families Child Care Tax Credit 
This bill, for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2020, and before January 1, 2025, for a taxpayer with an allowable credit in excess of tax liability, would allow a payment to the taxpayer in excess of that credit amount, subject to the annual Budget Act or a bill providing for appropriations related to the Budget Act, as provided, not to exceed a specified amount. 

Action Alert: March 18, 2019 "From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on GOV. and F."
Action Alert: April 3, 2019 "From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 5. Noes 0.) (April 3). Re-referred to Com. on APPR."


SB 35 Human Trafficking
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to establish a task force to combat human trafficking that would collect and organize data on the nature and prevalence of trafficking in persons in California and organize collaborative efforts between local and state governments and nongovernmental organizations for protecting victims of trafficking, among other, related duties. 

Action Alert: February 14, 2019 "From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on RLS."
Action Alert: March 26, 2018 "From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 7. Noes 0.) (March 26). Re-referred to Com. on APPR."
Action Alert: on May 17, 2019 "From committee: Do pass as amended. (Ayes 6. Noes 0.)"
Action Alert: on May 16, 2019 "Read second time and amended. Ordered to second reading."
Action Alert: on May 28, 2019 "Read third time. Passed. (Ayes 36. Noes 0.) Ordered to the Assembly."
Action Alert: on June 26, 2019 "From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 8. Noes 0.) (June 25). Re-referred to Com. on APPR."


SB 48 Homelessness: Right to Shelter 
This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that creates a right to shelter for unhoused residents throughout the state, which would be required to include the navigation center model. The bill would state the purposes of this legislation, including ensuring that every person living on California’s streets has the ability to promptly secure shelter that is safe and supportive. The bill would specify certain elements that this right to shelter would include. The bill would specify that the right to shelter is not intended to be in lieu of prioritizing permanent housing for people who lack housing. Follow via LegInfo

Action Alert: March 13, 2019 "Re-referred to Coms. on HOUSING, GOV. and F., and EQ."
Action Alert: March 25, 2019 "From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on HOUSING."
Action Alert: April 3, 2019 "From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on GOV. and F. (Ayes 8. Noes 0.) (April 2). Re-referred to Com. on GOV. and F."
Action Alert: April 11, 2019 "From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on EQ. (Ayes 6. Noes 0.) (April 10). Re-referred to Com. on EQ."
Action Alert: on May 6, 2019 "From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on APPR."


 SUCCESSFULLY PASSED
SB 75 Education Finance: Education Omnibus Budget Trailer Bill
This bill would require the Secretary of California Health and Human Services, in concurrence with the executive director of the State Board of Education, and in consultation with the Superintendent, to prepare a report, or series of reports, on or before October 1, 2020, to be used to develop a master plan to ensure comprehensive, quality, and affordable childcare and universal preschool for children from birth to school age. The bill would establish a 27-member Early Childhood Policy Council with specified duties relating to statewide early learning and care policy. The bill would make a family eligible for a full-day California state preschool program without meeting the requirements relating to the need for childcare services if all families meeting those requirements have been enrolled. The bill would, commencing January 1, 2020, and notwithstanding any other law, authorize a provider operating a state preschool program within the attendance boundary of a public school, except as provided, where at least 80% of enrolled pupils are eligible for free or reduced-price meals, to enroll 4-year-old children meeting specified priorities. The bill would authorize any remaining slots to be open for enrollment to any other families otherwise not otherwise eligible, as provided.

Action Alert: June 24, 2019 "In Senate. Concurrence in Assembly amendments pending."
Action Alert: June 24, 2019 "Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 31. Noes 7.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling."
Action Alert: June 27, 2019 "Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m."
Action Alert: on July1, 2019 "Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 51, Statutes of 2019."
Action Alert: July 1, 2019 "Approved by the Governor."


SB 135 Paid Family Leave
This bill would expand the scope of those provisions to instead prohibit an employer with 5 or more employees to refuse to grant an employee a request to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for family care and medical leave if the employee had 180 days of service with the employer. The bill would expand the definition of “family care and medical leave” to include leave for reason of the birth or placement of a child if the employee has identified the child as their designated person, as defined, leave to care for a grandparent, grandchild, sibling, domestic partner, or designated person who has a serious health condition, and leave because of a qualifying exigency related to the covered active duty or call to covered active duty of an employee’s spouse, domestic partner, child, or parent in the Armed Forces of the United States. The bill would delete a provision specifying that, if both parents are employed by the employer and are entitled to leave, the employer is not required to grant leave in connection with the birth, adoption, or foster care of a child that is greater than 12 weeks.

Action Alert: April 24, 2019 "From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 4. Noes 1.) (April 24). Re-referred to Com. on APPR."
Action Alert: on May 16, 2019 "From committee: Do pass as amended. (Ayes 4. Noes 2.)"
Action Alert: on May 30, 2019 "Ordered to inactive file on request of Senator Jackson."



SB 174 Early Childhood Education Reimbursement Rates
This bill would require the Superintendent to implement a reimbursement system plan that establishes reasonable standards and assigned reimbursement rates that would vary with additional factors, including a quality adjustment factor to address the cost of staffing ratios, as provided. The bill would require the reimbursement system plan, including methodology, standards, county rate targets as provided, and the total statewide funding amount necessary to reach annual rate targets for all agencies to be annually submitted to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee, on or before November 10. The bill would require the plan to include a formula for annually adjusting reimbursement rates, as provided. 

Action Alert: on May 16, 2019 "Read second time and amended. Ordered returned to second reading."
Action Alert: on May 23, 2019 "Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Senate."
Action Alert: on June 26, 2019 "From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to committee. Read second time, amended, and re-referred to Com. on HEALTH."
Action Alert: on July 5, 2019 "From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 7. Noes 0.) (July 3). Re-referred to Com. on APPR."


SB 298 Poverty Reduction
This bill would require the State Department of Social Services, commencing in 2020 and every 5 years thereafter, until January 1, 2039, to conduct an analysis and submit a report to the Legislature with specified information, including, among other things, the current California child poverty rate and an estimate of the impact  that policies that impact child poverty have had on the deep child poverty rate and the overall child poverty rate in this state.

Action Alert: on May 17, 2019 "Read second time and amended. Ordered to second reading."
Action Alert: on May 17, 2019 "From committee: Do pass as amended. (Ayes 6. Noes 0.) (May 16)."
Action Alert: on May 20, 2019 "Read second time. Ordered to third reading."
Action Alert: on May 23, 2019 "Read third time. Passed. (Ayes 37. Noes 0.) Ordered to the Assembly."
Action Alert: on May 24, 2019 "In Assembly. Read first time. Held at Desk."
Action Alert: on July 3, 2019 "From committee: Do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on APPR. with recommendation: To consent calendar. (Ayes 8. Noes 0.) (July 2).
Action Alert: on July 5, 2019 "Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on APPR."


SB 653 Access to Oral Health
This bill would improve access to preventive dental hygiene care by allowing Registered Dental Hygienists (RDHs) to work with physicians, apply fluoride varnish without supervision and work in more public health programs.

 


SB 686 California Promise Neighborhoods Act
This bill would enact the California Promise Neighborhoods Act of 2019. The bill would establish the California PromiseNeighborhood Grant Program, to be administered by the department, to award grants, on a competitive basis, to eligible entities to implement a comprehensive, integrated continuum of solutions or pipeline of services based on the best available evidence in neighborhoods with high concentrations of low-income families, persistently low-achieving schools or schools with an achievement gap, and other indicators of at-risk youth or high need.

Action Alert: April 1, 2019 "From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on ED."
Action Alert: April 10, 2019 "From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 6. Noes 0.) (April 10). Re-referred to Com. on APPR."
Action Alert: on May 17, 2019 "Read second time and amended. Ordered to second reading."
Action Alert: on May 17, 2019 "From committee: Do pass as amended. (Ayes 4. Noes 2.)"
Action Alert: on May 28, 2019 "Read third time. Passed. (Ayes 30. Noes 4.) Ordered to the Assembly."

FEDERAL

S.3363 The Maternal Care Access and Reducing Emergencies (CARE)
Act (S.3363) looks to create two new grant programs - one for implicit bias training and another for pregnancy medical home (PMH) programs which will help deliver health care services to pregnant women and new moms. 



S.3392 The Modernizing Obstetric Medicine Standards (MOMS)
Act (S. 3392) would provide new funding to hospitals with obstetrics and gynecology practices that want to improve their response to pregnancy-related and pregnancy-associated complications by implementing standardized best practices that could save lives.”  


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