2017 Legislative Session Recap
Past the 2:00 a.m. hour on Saturday morning, both the Senate and Assembly concluded their 2017 business and adjourned for the year, sending a hefty slate of bills affecting K-12 education to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk for his signature and holding several others back.
Gov. Brown has until Oct. 15 to sign or veto all 2017 legislation. Bills that were introduced in 2017 but not sent to Gov. Brown’s desk have the option to be reheard when the Legislature reconvenes on Jan. 3 for the second year of the current two-year legislative session.
Senate Bill 328 (Portantino, D-La Cañada Flintridge), the school start time bill which would prohibit all middle and high schools from starting classes before 8:30 a.m., was not sent to Gov. Brown after coming up 15 votes short in the Assembly on Thurs., Sept. 14. The bill is likely to be reheard in 2018. Assembly Bill 1217 (Bocanegra, D-Pacoima), was moved to the Senate’s inactive file on Sept. 15 and also will not go to Gov. Brown. CSBA opposes both bills and helped lead aggressive coalition efforts in opposition to these measures during the final days of the session.
CSBA’s two sponsored bills, Senate Bill 751 (Hill & Glazer) and Senate Bill 527 (Galgiani, D-Stockton) are both headed for Gov. Brown’s desk. SB 751 represents an agreement on a legislative solution to the school district reserve cap, while SB 527 would add a much needed cost-of-living adjustment for home-to-school transportation.
Another key bill going to Gov. Brown’s desk is AB 233 (Gloria), on which CSBA has a position of “Oppose Unless Amended." The bill endeavors to clarify students’ rights to wear “wear religious, ceremonial, or cultural adornments” during graduation ceremonies, but contains certain language that would prove to be unintentionally broad, and would subvert local governing authority and invite legal challenges if school boards denied any such requests.
Use the links below to email pre-written messages to Gov. Brown on SB 527, SB 751 and AB 233. These messages can be edited to add information specific to your school district or county:
Bills sent to Gov. Brown’s desk:
CSBA has official legislative positions on the bills listed below which have been passed by the Legislature and sent to Gov. Brown for his signature. Bills of note include:
SB 54, authored by Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) and known as the “California Values Act,” was amended and its overall scope reduced several times throughout the 2017 session addressing concerns from stakeholders and from the Governor’s office. The bill limits communication and sharing of data between state/local law enforcement agencies (this includes police departments of county offices of education and school districts) and federal law enforcement on issues related to the enforcement of immigration law. The bill tasks the state Attorney General with, by October 2018, developing model policies “limiting assistance with immigration enforcement to the fullest extent possible consistent with federal and state law at public schools” and other such sensitive sites. Local educational agencies will be required to adopt either the model standards or an equivalent policy. Those LEAs that maintain their own police departments will have one new reporting requirement, for which they can submit a reimbursement claim to the Commission on State Mandates. The bill has been commonly referred to as a “sanctuary state” bill, however, Sen. de León has clarified on more than one occasion that the bill does not provide “sanctuary” with regard to immigration status, it simply restricts local law enforcement agencies from acting as agents of federal immigration agencies. CSBA will review the model policies from the Attorney General when they are made available.
AB 746 (Gonzalez Fletcher, D-San Diego), a bill related to testing for lead in school-site water supplies, was significantly amended late in the session to address concerns raised by CSBA as well as concerns from the Governor’s office. The amendments align provisions of the bill with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency drinking water safety standards and also alleviate some of the costs burden on local education agencies related to testing. AB 746 stipulates that community water systems would be required to test all school sites that they serve before July 1, 2019. LEAs would still be required to notify parents and guardians if an elevated lead level is found, and would be required to shut down any faucets or fixtures if a lead level is found that exceeds 15 parts per billion (the U.S. EPA safety standard). Some concerns still remain regarding availability of funding for replacement of pipes and other fixtures if tests reveal that such repairs are needed.
AB 1550 (Limón, D-Santa Barbara), supported by CSBA, sailed through the Legislature with no opposition. The bill would allow two or more small school districts (defined as having an average daily attendance of less than 2,501) to form a joint powers authority for the purpose of sharing administrative costs associated with the issuance and sale of facilities bonds.
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