2015-2016 Legislation

K-12 Education

AB 2548 (School Accountability) - Lays the foundation for California’s new education accountability system and strengthens efforts to increase equity and close achievement gaps. The legislation includes an expectation that the State Board of Education sets ambitious statewide standards for school performance and establishes expectations for comprehensive and continuous improvement.

AB 2826 (Teacher Evaluation and Assessment) - Aimed at refocusing teacher evaluation on student progress, the bill includes multiple measures that can be used to comprehensively assess student achievement as it relates to teacher performance, including student portfolios, student and parent surveys, peer observation, and the application of the  California Standards of the Teaching Profession (CSTPs).

Public Safety

AB 2765 (Prop. 47 Petition Deadline) - eliminates the time period for individuals to petition for resentencing of specified felonies pursuant to voter-approved Proposition 47. That allowed resentencing for certain lower-level offenses. The current deadline causes an unworkable backlog of petitions. This bill is supported by both prosecutors and public defenders.

AB 2466: Realignment Voting Rights - The Criminal Justice Realignment Act of 2011 (CJRA) created three new categories of sentencing for people convicted of low-level, non-violent felonies: mandatory supervision, post-release community supervision, and a term in county jail. A recent court case upheld the voting rights for those serving in the first two categories. AB 2466 simply clarifies that those in the third category under realignment – those who are serving time in a county jail – also retain their voting rights.

AB 2298 (Gang Database Designation) - provides notice to individuals before they are documented as gang members as long as they are not targets of an ongoing investigation. The bill also provides individuals opportunity to challenge gang designation and requires removal from the gang database after three years without a gang-related conviction.

AB 2590 (The Restorative Justice Act) - is intended to make our current determinate sentencing scheme more flexible and effective by giving judges discretion to apply restorative justice principles in certain cases. Requiring the consent of victims or their families, Restorative Justice provides an opportunity for an offender to accept responsibility, acknowledge the harm to victims, make agreements to repair damage as much as possible, and clarify future intentions to reform.

AB 2655 (Bail Bonds) - Gives a prosecutor more time to decide whether to file charges without the defendant having to take out additional bail bond. This passed out on consent with bipartisan support.

Utilities

AB 2120 (School District Participation in Utility Rate Cases) - This bill makes the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) proceedings more accessible to schools by allowing county offices of education and community college districts to receive reimbursement for certain expenses that are necessary to participate in PUC proceedings. This is in response to serious energy rate hikes experienced by San Diego school districts over the last few years.

Environment

AB 2515: (Outdoor Water Use Efficiency) - A technical bill to synchronize the timetable for Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (MWELO) updates and reviews with the triennial CALGreen building code revision cycle to advance improvements in outdoor irrigation efficiency.

Higher Education

AB 1747: (Food Insecurity on College Campuses) Addresses student food insecurity on college campuses. This bill requires universities and colleges to participate in their counties’ CalFresh Restaurant Meal program; to establish programs to improve coordination between Campus Food Pantries and California Food Banks, and to improve access to funds supporting CalFresh outreach on campus.

Priority Bills:

AB 66 - Police Body Worn Cameras Best Practices seeks to develop minimum statewide guidelines in regards to the best practices for the use of police body worn cameras to ensure we continue to strengthen trust between law enforcement and our communities.

AB 1495 - Teacher and Principal Evaluation. Makes substantive and clarifying changes to the Education Code relating to teacher and principal evaluations, including aligning the student learning indicator with the pupil achievement and outcome measures established in local control accountability plans (LCAPs), clarifies multiple measures that can be used for evidence of pupil progress, requires multiple performance rating levels to better identify struggling staff without being subject to adverse action or dismissal, and requires districts to  prioritize professional development for struggling staff from support and assistance through LCFF and the annual Budget Act.

Legislative Woman’s Caucus Priority Bill- Support Family Friendly Workplaces:

AB 357 - (Weber and Chiu):  Stable and Humane Scheduling for Part-Time Workers- I am working with Assemblymember Chiu from San Francisco on a will ensure that work schedules are reasonable and are provided with enough advance notice to ensure that parents can find appropriate child care or juggle the other needs in their lives. This bill is a priority for the Legislative Woman’s Caucus.  Because women are working out of the home more than ever before, family-friendly work policies are essential.

Assisting Military Families and Disabled-Veterans:

AB 427 - Early Education Eligibility for Military Families- AB 427 would exclude military housing allowance from being calculated as income eligibility for child care services as specified under the Child Care and Development Services Act. When housing allowances are excluded, more military families would qualify for preschool. 

AB 1125 - State Agency Contracts for Small Businesses- This proposal reiterates the State's current policy and commitment to women-owned, disabled-veteran owned, and minority-owned small businesses by increasing the current cap of $50,000 to up to $100,000 to the preference to allow level bidding on contracts valued up to $2 million.  This will assist small business owners obtain more high valued contracts with the state.

AB 1218 - Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Program.  This bill will reform the state’s Disabled Veterans Business Enterprise (DVBE) incentive program to provide more transparency and accountability.  The bill will also update the program to accommodate greater numbers of veterans of recent conflicts that will need our support both for employment and entrepreneurship by increasing access to state contracts.

K-12 Education(Listed by Priority/Subject):

AB 713 - (Weber) Mandatory Kindergarten in California.  This measure requires mandatory kindergarten for the state’s schoolchildren. Many Californian’s are surprised to find out kindergarten is actually not mandatory in the state.  Legislators are talking about preschool, transitional kindergarten without keeping in mind that kindergarten is not mandated by the state. 

AB 812 - Pupils of Minimal English Proficiency. AB 812 is intended to address the issues of pupils who are struggling to master academic English by developing a process to identify, assess, and provide instruction to pupils until they are students deemed proficient.

 AB 1484 - Teacher Ratio. AB 1484 would prohibit the transfer or assignment of a certificated employee to a school site with the primary responsibility of being the classroom teacher of record if the assignment results in the reduction of the average effective teacher experience factor at the school site to less than 90 percent of the average effective teaching experience factor (ETEF), as defined, in the district for schools of the same type (see example below).  In addition, the bill prohibits a student from knowingly being assigned to a classroom teacher who has received an unsatisfactory job performance rating in the most recent job performance evaluation,  unless actively participating in a Peer Assistance and Review Program, or receiving required effective assistance, as specified, from a teacher.  The bill would allow a waiver of this provision with advance parental consent.

 AB 854 - Foster Youth Services and LCFF Definition Alignment would align the definition of foster youth in Foster Youth Services program to match the definition of foster youth in LCFF, this would give all students in foster care the academic support they need.

 AB 329 - Sex Education Bill/HIV Updates The California Healthy Youth Act will clarify and strengthen existing state requirement for HIV/AIDS prevention education and comprehensive sexual health education to ensure that students are getting the information and skills-building opportunities that they need to live healthy lives and succeed in school.

 AB 740 - Common Core Revisions. Academic content standards are an essential part of the California achievement and accountability system, however there is currently no process in place for their regular review and update.  AB 740 establishes a process to regularly update the California Academic Content Standards in all subjects.

Higher Education:

 AB 340 - Biennial Report on Campus Climate.  AB 340 aims to define “campus climate” and encourages the University of California and requires the California State University and California’s Community Colleges to generate a report once every biennium of the legislative session, commencing with the 2017-18 legislative session, on new developments related to campus climate.  The report would be submitted to the Governor, the Office of the Attorney General, and the appropriate policy committees of the California legislature.

 AB 1000 - Student Success Fee.  AB 1000 would revise and recast the requirements related to student success fees and would prohibit a campus of the California State University (CSU), or the Chancellor of the California State University, from imposing a student success fee, unless certain requirements are met.

 AB 1349 - California Student’s First Act seeks to guarantee a seat to a student into the UC or CSU university system.  If the student’s university or college of choice is full they should still be able to attend another college or university within the UC or CSU system.

Civil Rights and Social Justice:

 AB 619 - Use of Force. Enhances transparency on law enforcement use of force practices by improving public access to information concerning deaths in custody and uses of force that result in serious bodily injury.

 AB 953 - Federal and State Alignment of Racial Profiling Definitions. Helps eliminate the harmful and unjust practice of racial and identity profiling, and improves public safety and police-community relations. This bill promotes equal protection and prevents unreasonable searches and seizures. 

 AB 1328 - Jury Instruction when Prosecutors Withhold Evidence. AB 1328 allows a court to inform a jury when a prosecutor breaks the law and intentionally conceals evidence that may prove the innocence of a defendant. Specifically, the bill authorizes a jury instruction for an intentional “Brady” violation.

Quality Healthcare for People with Disabilities and the Elderly:

 AB 97 - Funding Mechanism for IHSS workers extra hours.  This bill would require the Department of Social Services (DSS) to reprogram the Case Management Information Payrolling System (CMIPS II), the current IHSS payroll system, to enable it to receive payment from managed care health plans for the additional personal care service and related domestic service hours. This would maintain the continuity of care necessary for patients who would like to continue to have their same IHSS providers who are enrolled in CCI.

 ACR 49 - The Senior Bill of Rights.  Declares the Legislature’s intent to uphold and protect the dignity and independence of older Californians.