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Past Legislative Successes

Leg Year - 2021-2022

Requires the California State University (CSU), and requests the University of California (UC), to annually transmit the contact information of students using GI benefits (an educational benefit granted to veterans and their dependents) who have opted-in to sharing their information with the California Department of Veteran Affairs (CalVet). Gives CalVet access to a list of individuals who may qualify for additional benefits and who would like additional information. Prohibits CalVet from using this information for any purpose other than connecting veterans to support services and benefits. Connects CalVet with students who are using their GI benefits to attend a CSU or UC.

AB 1703: California Indian Education Act: California Indian Education Task Forces

Encourages local educational agencies (LEAs) to form California Indian Education Task Forces with California Indian tribes local to their region or tribes historically located in the region. Promotes development of curriculum and cultural understanding of local Indian tribes with the hope that greater focus on history and culture will help Indian pupils grow academically.

AB 1736: Community Colleges: Student Government

Diversifies the qualifications students must meet in order to serve as an officer in student government at a California Community College (CCC). In addition to the requirement that traditional students must be enrolled in at least 5-semester units, or its quarter equivalent, AB 1736 allows candidates for student government to alternatively be enrolled in an adult education program at the CCC, regardless of units earned, or be a disabled student, as defined. Enables more students attending a CCC to run for student government.

Facilitates the placement of a monument to Gold Star Families of California on the grounds of the State Capitol, using private funds. Creates a permanent, statewide memorial for family members of United States service members who were lost in the line of duty.

AB 1796: Public Postsecondary Education: Reenrollment

Requires the California State University (CSU), and requests the University of California (UC), to allow students to re-enroll in their bachelor’s degree program after withdrawing or stopping out from the university as long as the student was in good academic standing when they left. For the purpose of calculating time-to-degree statistics, authorizes the universities to exclude the years in which a student who re-enrolls was not actively pursuing their degree. Requires the CSU and encourages the UC to streamline re-enrollment for students who took a leave from college and wish to complete their degree. 

AB 1805: Unemployment: Online Information: Federal Unemployment Tax Act Tax Credit

Requires the Employment Development Department (EDD) to post on the homepage of its website, a hyperlink to information about the Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) tax credit, and the impact of California’s outstanding unemployment fund loan debt on employers’ unemployment insurance (UI) costs.  Makes it easier for employers and others to find information from EDD on the payroll tax increases resulting from California’s loan debt to the federal government.  

AB 1810: Pupil Health: Seizure Disorders

Establishes a framework for school employees to volunteer and be trained to administer anti-seizure medication prescribed to a student when a seizure action plan is requested on behalf of that student.  Provides that trained staff will not be liable for administering such medication unless they act with gross negligence or willful and wanton misconduct.  Increases safety for students with seizure disorders by ensuring volunteer staff will be properly trained to administer anti-seizure medication if necessary.

AB 1825: Fruit, Nut, And Vegetable Standards: Out-Of-State Processing

Expands an existing exemption from certain grading standards for agricultural products when they are being moved from the field or orchard to a processing or packaging location to include out-of-state packing or processing locations. Allows agricultural commodities to move from the field to a first point of packaging or processing that is out of state without having to meet specified grading standards.

AB 1876: Substitute Teachers: Emergency Career Substitute Teaching Permit: Employment Verification

Allows the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) to issue an emergency career substitute teaching permit at the request of a school district, if a consortium of school districts verify that the candidate substitute taught at least 90 days during the last three years at schools within the consortium. Expands opportunities for individuals to receive an emergency career substitute teaching permit and will improve the pool of those who can fill teaching vacancies.

AB 1899: Crimes: False Personation

Expands various statutes involving impersonating a peace officer or member, member of the Office of State Fire Marshal, member of a fire department, employee of a public utility or district, local government employee, or member of a search and rescue team to including “willfully impersonating a peace officer through or on an internet website or by electronic means for purposes of defrauding another.  Expands existing criminal laws relating to include impersonation of public and public utility employees through an internet website or by electronic means in order to commit fraud.

AB 1923: The Rural STEM Expansion Act

Requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction (SPI) to prioritize proposals for new partnership academies in a manner that addresses the participation of pupils traditionally underrepresented in career technical education (CTE) or science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs or professions, and adds a reference to STEM courses anytime career technical education courses are referenced throughout the Article establishing partnership academies. Promotes greater access to quality STEM learning opportunities for traditionally underrepresented students so that they may be better prepared for the jobs and careers of the future.

AB 1936: University Of California: Hastings College Of The Law

Strikes all references in statute to Hastings College of the Law (Hastings) and re-designates it as the College of the Law, San Francisco. Strikes the requirement for a Hastings’ heir to be on Hastings’ Board of Directors (Board). Include findings and declarations that the Hastings’ Board has completed its consultation with representatives of the Round Valley Indian Tribes, a federally recognized tribal government, and its designees of the Yuki Indian Committee, who formally agreed to the name change in a unanimous vote held on July 27, 2022. Renames Hastings as College of the Law, San Francisco as agreed to by both the Hastings’ Board and Tribal representatives.

AB 1959: Food And Agriculture: Omnibus Bill

Extends the sunset date that authorizes the use of carbon monoxide (CO) to control burrowing rodent pests from January 1, 2023, to January 1, 2026. Adds conforming privacy protection to recent updates to Food and Agriculture code related to the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA); and adds Integrated Pest Management in statute for the Department of Pesticide Regulations (DPR) licensure course. Implements non-controversial changes in law as the Assembly Committee on Agriculture 2022 Omnibus Bill.

AB 2022: State Government

Requires the term “squaw” to be removed from all geographic features and place names in the state beginning January 1, 2025. Creates a process that requires the California Advisory Committee on Geographic Names (committee) within the California Natural Resources Agency (CRNA) to choose a replacement name if local bodies fail to do so within a specified time frame. Seeks to create a process to rename California geographic places with the term “squaw” in it.

AB 2105: Contractors: Initial License Fee Reduction: Veterans

Requires the Contractors State License Board (CLSB) to grant a 50% initial license or registration fee reduction to an applicant who provides specified documentation that the applicant is a veteran of the United States Armed Forces or the CA National Guard/Reserves and was not dishonorably discharged.  Reduces the financial burden for veterans seeking to reenter the civilian workforce as licensed contractors.