Updated February 15, 2017

Info-graph for Requirements for Approving Legislation

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California Assembly and Senate Bills      

Bill Number (Author)

Brief Description

Sponsor

Contact

Status

AB 5
(Gonzalez & Kalra)
Would create the Opportunity to Work Act. Would require employer with 10 or more employees to offer additional hours of work to an existing nonexempt employee before hiring an additional employee or subcontractor.    

Introduced: 12/5/16

Committee on Labor and Employment

AB 11
(McCarty)
Expresses intent of legislature to enact legislation that would establish the Early Head Start-Early Intervention Partnership and provide funding to establish classroom-based early intervention services to Early Head Start-Child Care Programs.    

 Introduced: 12/5/16

AB 19
(Santiago)

Would lower the amount of unmet financial need a student needs to demonstrate qualification for a fee waiver to at least $1 to increase access to a community college in CA.    

Introduced: 12/5/16

Committee on Higher Education

AB 26
(Caballero)
Proposes non-substantive changes to Family Child Care Home Education Networks.     Introduced: 12/5/16
AB 34 (Nazarian) Would express legislative intent to establish a universal, at birth, and statewide 529 children’s savings account program to ensure California’s children and families foster a college-bound identity and practice education related financial planning.     Introduced: 12/5/16
AB 60
(Santiago &
Gonzalez)
Would require 12 months of continuous eligibility for subsidized child care and development services for low-income families upon initial determination of eligibility.    

 Introduced: 12/7/16

Committee on Human Services

Hearing: 3/7/17

AB 160 (Stone) Would restore the time limit eligibility for receiving CalWORKS cash aid from 48 months to 60 months cumulatively.  

Western Center on Law & Poverty

Coalition of CA Welfare Rights Org

 Nicole Hisatomi

916-319-2019

nicole.hisatomi@asm.ca.gov

Introduced: 1/18/17

Committee on Human Services

Hearing 3/7/17

AB 177
(Chavez)

Would add to the Child Abuse and Neglect Act by requiring child protective services investigating a report of child abuse and neglect that involves a parent or guardian serving in the military to notify the Family Advocacy Program of the Department of Defense of the allegation.    

Introduced: 1/18/17

Committee on Public Safety

Hearing 2/28/17

AB 231 (Chavez)

Would, beginning FY 2018-19, 1) define income eligibility for subsidized child care and development at or below 75% of State Median Income (SMI), adjusted for family size and adjusted annually; and 20 would establish a phasing out scale for eligibility up to 85% of SMI. Would require the annual verification of family income to determine ongoing eligibility.    Kelly Ash
916-319-2076
Kelly.ash@asm.ca.gov

Introduced: 1/26/17

Committee on Human Services

Hearing 3/7/17

AB 258
(Arambula)

Would authorize Fresno County to develop an individualized county child care subsidy plan to be submitted to the local child care and development planning council and the Board of Supervisors for approval. The California Department of Education/Early Education and Support Division (CDE/EESD) would also be required to approve the plan and any subsequent modifications. Authorization would sunset 1/1/25.    

Introduced: 1/21/17

Committee on Human Services

Hearing: 3/7/17

AB 273
(Aguiar-Curry)

Would amend existing language pertaining to the Child Care and Development Services Act to include for purposes of eligibility parents engagement in an  education program for English as a second language or to attain a high school diploma or general Education development certificate.    

Introduced: 2/1/17

Committee on Human Services

Hearing: 3/7/17

AB 300
(Caballero)

Would authorize Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties to develop individualized county child care subsidy plan to be submitted to the local child care and development planning council and the Board of Supervisors for approval. The California Department of Education/Early Education and Support Division (CDE/EESD) would also be required to approve the plan and any subsequent modifications. Authorization would sunset 1/1/22.    

Introduced: 2/6/17

Committee on Human Services

AB 312
(O’Donnell)

Would express legislative intent to phase-in equalization of SELPA (special education plan area) funding rates to an unspecified percentile commencing with full
implementation of the local control funding formula (LCFF). Additionally, expresses legislative intent to establish a state funding
mechanism to provide all local education agencies (LEAs) with the funding necessary to establish high quality preschool programs for California’s preschool age children with disabilities in order to give the children the best chance for academic success in the most cost-efficient manner.
   

Introduced: 2/6/17

AB 377 (Frazier)

Would authorize Solano County to develop an individualized county child care subsidy plan to be submitted to the local child care and development planning council and the Board of Supervisors for approval. The California Department of Education/Early Education and Support Division (CDE/EESD) would also be required to approve the plan and any subsequent modifications. Authorization would sunset 1/1/23. 

     Introduced: 2/9/17

AB 435

(Thurmond)

Would authorize Contra Costa County to develop an individualized county child care subsidy plan to be submitted to the local child care and development planning council and the Board of Supervisors for approval. The California Department of Education/Early Education and Support Division (CDE/EESD) would also be required to approve the plan and any subsequent modifications. Authorization would sunset 1/1/23. 

     Introduced: 2/13/17

AB 480

(Gonzalez Fletcher)

Would make technical, non-substantive changes provisions relating to the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program, under which each county provides cash assistance and other benefits to qualified low-income families and individual participating in welfare-to-work activities as a condition of eligibility for aid. Existing law requires that necessary supportive services be available to participants in welfare-to-work activities, including child care. 

     Introduced: 2/13/17

AB 540

(Mullin)

Expresses legislative intent to create legislation that would establish an optional statewide child care and education subsidy policy program to increase and encourage couth and regional collaboration among subsidized early care and education programs and providers to increase access to subsidized services for children and families, promote flexibility to meet the unique needs of children and families in each county or region, and maximize the utilization of the allocated funding with the county or region. In addition, would require child care resource and referral services to be provided in a manner responsive to the social needs of a defined geographic area of services.

    Introduced: 2/3/17
SB 18
(Pan)
Declares intent of the Legislature to expand and codify the Bill of Rights for Children and Youth of CA to establish a comprehensive framework that governs the rights of all children and youth in CA, outlines the research-based essential needs of CA’s children, and establishes standards relating to the health, safety, well-being, early childhood and educational opportunities, and familial supports necessary for all children to succeed. Expresses intent of Legislature to enact legislation for ensuring the application of the rights by 1/1/2022.  Common Sense Kids Action

 Darrin Walsh

916-651-4006

darrin.walsh@sen.ca.gov

 Introduced: 12/5/16

Committee on Rules

SB 55 (Jackson) Would extend the DASH (Distinguished After School Health Recognition Program) indefinitely. DASH, administered by the California Department of Education (CDE), recognizes after school programs that meeting healthy eating and physical activity requirements, inclusive of staff training.    

Introduced: 12/5/16

Committee on Education

SB 62 (Jackson) Would redefine the term “child” to include a biological, adopted, or foster son or daughter, a stepchild, a legal ward, a son or daughter of a domestic partner, or a person to whom the employee stands in loco parentis for purposes of family or medical leave.    

Introduced: 12/22/16 Committee on Labor and Industrial Relations

SB 63 (Jackson) Would establish the New Parent Leave Act. Would prohibit an employer for refusing to allow an employee with more than 12 months of service and at least 1,250 hours of service during the previous 12-month period, to take up to 12 weeks of parental leave to bond with a new child within one year of the child’s birth, adoption, or foster care placement. In addition, would require employer to maintain and pay for coverage under a group health plan.    

Introduced: 12/22/16

Committee on Labor and Industrial Relations

Committee on the Judiciary

SB 78 (Leyva) For FY 2017-18, and for each FY thereafter, would continuously appropriate $99.3M more to the CDE for the After School Education and Safety (ASES) Program. Would, commencing with increases to the minimum wage implemented in 2018-19 and each year thereafter, would require the DOF to annually adjust the total program funding amount for each minimum wage increase using a specified calculation, provided that the adjustment. Requires additional funding adjustments per state law.  California Afterschool Advocacy Alliance

 Phillip Vander Klay

916-651-4020

phillip.vanderklay@sen.ca.gov

Introduced: 1/11/17

Committee on Education

SB 232
(Bates)
Would require the CA Department of Social Services (CDSS), in consultation with the County Welfare Directors Association (CWDA) to design and implement a 5 year Opportunity Grant Pilot Project to provide monetary grants to organizations operating programs to assist CalWORKs recipients achieve economic independence. An organization receiving a grant may utilize the grant funds in any reasonable manner consistent with the program elements or other requirements established by CDSS, inclusive of housing, transportation, and child care expenses for program participants. The bill would appropriate $50M from the General Fund for the effort.    

Introduced: 2/6/17

 

California Budget Bills (Including Trailer Bills)

  
 
AB 96
(Ting)
Budget Act of 2017    

Introduced: 1/10/17

Committee on Budget

SB 72
(Mitchell)
Budget Act of 2017    

Introduced: 1/10/17

Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review

Omnibus Education Trailer Bill
ACLU = American Civil Liberties Union
AFSCME = American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees

CAEYC = California Association for the Education of Young Children
CAPPA = California Alternative Payment Program Association
CAFB = California Association of Food Banks
CCCCA = California Child Care Coordinators Association

CCDAA = California Child Development Administrators Association
CCLC = Child Care Law Center
CCRRN = California Child Care Resource and Referral Network
CDA = California Dental Association
CDE = California Department of Education
CDSS = California Department of Social Services
CDPI = Child Development Policy Institute

CFT = California Federation of Teachers
CHAC = California Hunger Action Coalition
CIWC = California Immigrant Welfare Collaborative
CSAC = California School - Age Consortium
CTC = Commission on Teacher Credentialing

CCALA = Child Care Alliance of Los Angeles
CWDA = County Welfare Directors' Association
CSAC = California State Association of Counties

CTA = California Teachers Association
CWDA= County Welfare Directors' Association
DDS = Department of Developmental Services
DHS = Department of Health Services
DMH = Department of Mental Health
First 5 = First 5 Commission of California

HHSA = Health and Human Services
LCC = League of California Cities

LACOE = Los Angeles County of Education
LAC CPSS = Los Angeles County Commission for Public Social Services

LAUSD = Los Angeles Unified School District
MALDEF = Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund
NASW = National Association of Social Workers
NCYL = National Center for Youth Law
PG&E = Pacific Gas and Electric Company
SEIU = Service Employees International Union
TCI = The Children's Initiative
US DHHS =  United States Department of Health and Human Services