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Bills on the Move

By Andrew Keller - January 29, 2010

 

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A number of bills passed the deadlines for two-year bills and successfully transitioned from 2009 to 2010, while several new bills were introduced in each house. Here are a few of the more interesting bills before the Legislature this winter.

Curriculum & Instruction

AB 391 (Torlakson) Pupil assessment: STAR Program.  
Introduced: 2/23/2009  Last Amended: 1/25/2010
Status: 1/27/2010-Read third time, passed, and to Senate.

Summary: The Leroy Greene California Assessment of Academic Achievement Act provides for the development of a statewide pupil assessment program, and defines various terms for those purposes.  This bill would define additional terms for those purposes.  This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Human Resources

AB 1374 (Brownley) Adult education: teaching credentials.  
Introduced: 2/27/2009  Last Amended: 1/15/2010
Status: 1/21/2010-In Senate. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment.

Summary: Existing law contains minimum specified requirements for the designated subjects preliminary adult education teaching credential.  This bill would recast the adult credential for nonacademic and academic subjects and specify different requirements for nonacademic and academic subjects, as specified.  This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

 

AB 1665 (Swanson) School employees: scope of representation.  
Introduced: 1/20/2010
Status: 1/27/2010-Referred to Com. on P.E.,R. & S.S.

Summary: Existing law gives public school employee organizations the right to represent their members in their employment relations with public school employers, and limits the scope of representation to matters relating to wages, hours of employment, and other terms and conditions of employment, as defined.  Existing law provides that subjects other than those specified may not be included as part of collective bargaining.  This bill would require public school employers to give reasonable written notice of not less than 15 days to the exclusive representative of classified personnel of a public school employer's intent to make any change to matters within the scope of representation, including, but not necessarily limited to, start time.  The bill would also require public school employers to provide a recognized employee organization with the opportunity to meet and confer with the public school employer.  This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Fianance

SB 205 (Hancock) Education finance: federal tax credit bond volume cap.  
Introduced: 2/23/2009  Last Amended: 1/25/2010
Status: 1/26/2010-Read second time. To third reading.

Summary: Existing federal law authorizes the Internal Revenue Service to publish the maximum face value amount of qualified school construction bonds, as defined, that may be allocated by the United States Department of the Treasury to each state pursuant to the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.  This bill would assign specified amounts of the state's 2009 federal tax credit bond volume cap to the State Department of Education and the California School Finance Authority.  The bill would exempt the assignment and distribution of the federal tax credit bond volume cap under the bill from the rulemaking provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act.  This bill contains other related provisions.

 

SB 675 (Steinberg) Energy job training: Clean Technology and Renewable Energy Job Training, Career Technical Education, and Dropout Prevention Act of 2010.  
Introduced: 2/27/2009  Last Amended: 4/2/2009
Status: 1/28/2010-From THIRD READING: Read third time.Passed Senate to ASSEMBLY.

Summary: Existing law provides various funding sources for energy efficiency projects and related purposes.  This bill would enact the Clean Technology and Renewable Energy Job Training, Career Technical Education, and Dropout Prevention Act of 2010 and would create the Clean Technology and Renewable Energy Job Training, Career Technical Education , and Dropout Prevention Fund (fund) in the State Treasury.  The bill would provide that the moneys in the fund would be available, upon appropriation by the Legislature, in the form of competitive grants that would be administered by the State Allocation Board and awarded to qualifying entities for the purposes of the construction of new facilities or the reconfiguration of existing facilities to enhance the educational opportunities for program participants, as defined, to provide them with the skills and knowledge necessary for careers directly related to clean technology, renewable energy, or energy efficiency that may also contribute to California's goal in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  

The bill would create the Clean Technology and Renewable Energy Job Training, Career Technical Education, and Dropout Prevention Council comprised of nine members.  The council would be required to issue guidelines to implement the purposes of this act.  The bill would authorize the council to issue and renew negotiable bonds, notes, debentures, or other sources of security of up to an unspecified amount that would be secured by moneys appropriated by the Legislature in the annual Budget Act from the Public Interest Research, Development, and Demonstration Fund. Proceeds from the sale of the bonds, notes, debentures, or other sources of security would be deposited into the fund.  This bill contains other existing laws.

Editor's Note: Andrew Keller is the Legislative Assistant for Governmental Solutions Group, LLC, a policy consulting and legislative advocacy firm.