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The Senate is recognized by the California State Legislature, Office of the Governor, California Student Aid Commission, and other state agencies as the official voice of students in legislative and policy advocacy. The Senate shall maintain legislative and policy advocacy as one of its mission’s three pillars of engagement and act through Legislative Affairs Directors from each Region to facilitate the involvement of students in the same.

Co-Sponsor

 The Student Senate for California Community Colleges is proud to announce our co-sponsorship of AB 302 (Berman) which would allow homeless students currently enrolled in course work at a local community college to park overnight at their institution. 

The Student Senate for California Community Colleges (SSCCC) is proud to co-sponsor AB 381 (Reyes) which expands outreach and orientation program standards for college campuses to include intimate partner violence prevention training and resources.

The Student Senate for California Community Colleges (SSCCC) is pleased to support Senate Bill 150, which would increase the rate of college success among California’s foster youth by improving access to the Chafee grant program which provides students  with experience in foster care up to a maximum of $5,000 in state financial aid each year.


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Assembly Bill 6 (Reyes) - Low

Establishes in the Department of Education the Office of Early Childhood Education in order to ensure a holistic implementation of early childhood education programs and universal preschool. Requires the office to have specified responsibilities, including the responsibility of coordinating services with the State Department of Social Services and the Health and Human Services Agency.

Assembly Bill 13 (Eggman) - Low

Enacts the Higher Education Facilities Bond Act of 2020 which, upon approval by the state electorate, would authorize the issuance of state general obligation bonds in the amount of $7 billion. Provides that the proceeds of the bonds issued and sold under the bill would be available for the construction, reconstruction, and remodeling of existing or new facilities at the University of California and the California State University, including $3 billion for the construction of new campuses of the CSU

Assembly Bill 48 (O'Donnell) - Mid

States the intent of the Legislature to set forth the Kindergarten Community College Public Education Facilities Bond Acts of 2020 and 2022 as state general obligation bond acts that would provide unspecified amounts of funds to construct and modernize educational facilities.

Assembly Bill 59 (Kalra) - High

Expresses the intent of the Legislature to make a polling place or vote center available on every college and university campus in the state.

Assembly Bill 140 (Cervantes) - Mid

Establishes the California Kickstart My Future Loan Forgiveness Program, under the administration of the Student Aid Commission, to provide student loan forgiveness awards for the purpose of alleviating the burden of federal student loan debt for recent graduates meeting specified requirements.

Assembly Bill 151 (Vopel) - Mid

Relates to the Community College Transfer Entitlement Program under the Cal Grant Program within Student Financial Aid. Provides that, to be eligible for a Cal Grant award under the Community College Transfer Entitlement Program, an applicant may not be 30 years of age or older by December 31 of the award year.

Assembly Bill 152 (Vopel) - Low

Excludes from the gross income of an employee amounts, not exceeding an aggregate amount, as specified, per calendar year, that are paid or incurred by an employer for the payment of principal or interest on a qualified education loan incurred by the employee.

Assembly Bill 175 (Gipson) - Mid

Revises various rights granted to minors and nonminors in foster care and includes additional rights, including, among others, the right to be referred to by the youth's preferred name and gender pronoun, the right to maintain the privacy of the youth's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning status and gender identity, except as provided, and the right to have reasonable access to computer technology and the internet.

Assembly Bill 232 (Cervantes) - High

Expresses the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation creating an articulation platform for the California Community Colleges to facilitate the transition of recent veterans to state institutions of higher education.

Assembly Bill 244 (Vopel) - High

Declares the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would increase awards under the Cal Grant Program from $10,000 to $15,000 annually.

Assembly Bill 260 (Quirk-Silva) - Mid

Requires a campus of the California Community Colleges or the CSU that issues student identification cards to include on the back of the cards the telephone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, the Crisis Text Line, or a local crisis telephone number and text line, and specified local law enforcement and security telephone number information. Requires the campuses to also post this information on flyers in campus restrooms and gymnasiums.

Assembly Bill 356 (Santiago) - Low

Establishes a pilot program to authorize the Los Angeles Community College District to use, before December 2024, a best value procurement method for bid evaluation and selection for public projects that exceed $1 million. Establishes various requirements applicable to the use of the best value procurement method under this authorization.

Assembly Bill 376 (Stone) - Low

States the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to amend the Student Loan Servicing Act to better protect student loan borrowers in California.

Assembly Bill 463 (Cervantes) - Low

Requires the Chancellor's Office of the California Community Colleges to develop and provide to community college districts specified materials designed to increase awareness of the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program among community college faculty members. Requires the governing board of a community college district to annually provide the materials to those faculty members.

Assembly Bill 500 (Gonzalez) - Low

Requires the governing board of a school district, the governing body of a charter school, and the governing board of a community college district to provide at least 6 weeks of a leave of absence with full pay for a certificated employee, or an academic employee, of the district or charter school who is required to be absent from duty because of pregnancy, miscarriage, childbirth, and recovery from those conditions.

Assembly Bill 514 (Medina) - Low

Eliminates the prohibition against a student member voting during the student member's first year on the board of the California State University.

Assembly Bill 540 (Limon) - High

Establishes the Cal Grant B Service Incentive Grant Program under the administration of the Student Aid Commission. Requires a participating student, in order to receive a grant award under the program, to be a recipient of a Cal Grant B award, to be enrolled as a student at a campus of the UC, the CSU, or the California Community Colleges, and to perform at least 100 hours per quarter or 150 hours per semester of community or volunteer service.

Assembly Bill 541 (Gabriel) - High

Expresses the intent of the Legislature that all forms of state based aid in California be made equally available to students who are exempt from paying nonresident tuition and to all other students who qualify for state based aid in this state.

Assembly Bill 543 (Smith) - High

Requires each educational institution to create a poster that notifies pupils of the institution's written policy on sexual harassment and to prominently and conspicuously display the poster in specified public and private areas on campus. Requires the poster to be age appropriate and culturally relevant, be no smaller than 8.5 by 11 inches and 12 point font, and display certain information pertaining to the policy, including the rules and procedures for reporting charges of harassment.\

Assembly 565 (Maienschein) - Low

Defines "practice setting" under the Steven M. Thompson Physician Corps Loan Repayment Program in the California Physician Corps Program within the Health Professions Education Foundation, to include a program or facility operated by, or contracted to, a county mental health plan.

Assembly Bill 595 (Medina) - High

Authorizes a student enrolled in a community college class or classes pursuant to an apprenticeship training program or an internship training program who does not have a social security number to use an individual tax identification number for purposes of any background check required by the class or program.

Assembly Bill 700 (Friedman) - Low 

Exempts from disclosure the personal telephone numbers of public postsecondary educational institution faculty members and records relating to the physical location of faculty members, including calendars, appointment logs, and home addresses. Defines public postsecondary educational institution for these purposes to include the Community Colleges, State University and and University of California, and any medical facility or laboratory affiliated with those public postsecondary educational institutions.

Assembly Bill 706 (Low) - Low

Relates to the California Community Colleges. Eliminates limits on the time during which an employee of one school year or more is entitled to transfer the employee's accrued leave.

Assembly Bill 796 (Holden) - High

Requires a student loan servicer, via written correspondence or email once a year, to also provide free of charge a description of the terms and conditions under which a borrower may obtain full or partial forgiveness or discharge of principal and interest, defer repayment of principal or interest, or be granted forebearance on a federal loan, including various information about the types of loans that can be forgiven or discharged and the impact of consolidation.

Assembly Bill 806 (Bloom) - High

Adds former homeless youth to the students to be granted, or requested to be granted, priority enrollment. Adds former homeless youth to the students with whom a Homeless and Foster Student Liaison works.

Assembly Bill 807 (Bauer-Kahan) - High

Deletes the condition that an award or scholarship be based on a child's academic or extracurricular achievement or participation in a scholastic, educational, or extracurricular competition, in order to be exempt as income for purposes of determining eligibility and aid amount under the CalWORKs program. Adds to those exempt categories funds received by a governmental agency specifically to pay for rent or shelter expenses.

Assembly Bill 809 (Santiago) - High

Requires public postsecondary institutions to post on each institution's internet website, and to provide to an expectant parent through on campus health clinics, notification of protections under Title IX for pregnant students and parenting students.

Assembly Bill 863 (Cervantes)

Prohibits the Student Aid Commission or an institution of higher education from performing a verification to establish eligibility for state financial aid on a student more than once, unless there is a break in attendance of more than a year by the student or the student transfers institutions, in which circumstance and additional verification would be authorized.

Assembly Bill 916 (Muratsuchi) - Low

Relates to a suicide prevention education, and gatekeeper program. Requires the target populations to include community college, 4 year college, and university undergraduate and graduate students.

Assembly Bill 968

Requires the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges to develop and implement a pilot program, at a voluntarily participating community college located in a disadvantaged community, that provides a pathway for participating students to become naturalists and achieve careers providing public access to, or preserving, restoring, or enhancing outdoor areas.

Assembly Bill 1000 (Cervantes) - Mid

Requires postsecondary entities, including the University of California if the regents make it applicable by appropriate resolution, to review and update the written procedure or protocols each academic year in collaboration with sexual assault counselors and student, faculty, and staff representatives.

Assembly Bill 1090 (Medina) - Low

Requires the Hastings College of the Law, Community Colleges, California State University and Regents of the University of California to excuse any mandatory campus based fees for surviving spouses and children of law enforcement officers and fire suppression personnel killed in the line of duty. 

Assembly Bill 1153 (Wicks) - Mid

Establishes the Mandated Child Abuse Reporting Employee Training Act of 2020 which would require each governing board of a community college district to annually train using the online training module developed by the State Department of Education or other training employees and administrators of the district who are mandated reporters on the mandated reporting requirements and develop a process for those persons required to receive training under the bill to provide proof of completing this training.

Assembly Bill 1229 (Wicks) - Mid

Enacts the End Foster Youth Student Hunger in California Act of 2019. Establishes the Transition Age Foster Youth Meal Plan Program, to be administered by the California Student Aid Commission, pursuant to which an eligible transition age foster youth studying for a higher education degree at a public postsecondary educational institution would receive an award equal to the amount of the cost of a meal plan that covers 10 meals per week and all campus fees.

Assembly Bill 1308 (Cunningham) - Low

Allows a qualified student to taste an alcoholic beverage and exempts the student and the qualified academic institution in which the student is enrolled from criminal prosecution if the qualified academic institution has established an Associate's degree or Bachelor's degree program in hotel management or culinary arts, as provided.

Assembly Bill 1313 (Rivas) - Mid

Prohibits a school, as defined, from refusing to provide a transcript for a current or former student on the grounds that the student owes a debt, conditioning the provision of a transcript on the payment of a debt, charging a higher fee for obtaining a transcript, providing less favorable treatment of a transcript request because a student owes a debt, or using a transcript issuance as a tool for debt collection, as specified.

Assembly Bill 1314 (Medina) - Low

Expresses legislative findings and declarations relating to the state's student financial aid system.

Assembly Bill 1345 (McCarty) - High

Defines financial aid for the purposes of the State Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009. Prohibits an institution for providing financial incentives to any person, including a student involved in student recruitment, enrollment, continued enrollment, admission, or attendance, or involved in awarding of financial aid based on the enrollment of a student, or in the sales of any education materials, based on succeeding in those activities.

Assembly Bill 1427 (Carillo) - Mid

Expresses the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation relating to the State Promise.

Assembly Bill 1512 (Carillo) - Mid

Requires the office of the chancellor, in collaboration with the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, to develop a policy relating to awarding academic credit for a score of 4 or more on an International Baccalaureate subject examination. Requires the policy to be developed under the bill to be implemented in time for the entering class in the fall 2020 academic term.

Assembly Bill 1571 (Kiley) - Low

Requires a campus of the California Community Colleges or the California State University, and requests a campus of the University of California, to make and disseminate a free speech statement that affirms the importance of, and the campus's commitment to promoting, freedom of expression.

Assembly Bill 1645 (Rubio) - Mid

Requires the California Community Colleges and the California State University, and requests the University of California, to designate a Dreamer Resource Liaison on each of their respective campuses to assist students meeting specified requirements including undocumented students, by streamlining access to all available financial aid, social services, state funding immigration legal services, internships, externships, and academic opportunities.

Assembly Bill 1727 (Weber) - Mid

Requires the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges to adopt regulations, no later than April 15, 2020, requiring the accounting, for purposes of state funding of community colleges, of students enrolled in certain types of courses to be conducted by positive attendance count or on a census date basis in accord with certain computational requirements.

Senate Bill 2 (Glazer) - Mid

Expresses the intent of the Legislature to establish the Statewide Longitudinal Student Database to collect and store data regarding individual students as they matriculate through P-20 and into the workforce. Requires the Student Aid Commission to convene a review committee for purposes of advising the commission on the establishment, implementation, funding, and ongoing administration of the database.

Senate Bill 52 (Atkins) - Mid

Requires the Student Aid Commission, commencing with the fall term or semester of the 2020-21 academic year, to establish an application deadline of September 2 of an academic year for students to apply for a Cal Grant C award for that academic year.

Senate Bill 63 (Hertzberg)- Mid

Excludes from gross income the amount of student loan indebtedness discharged on or after January 1, 2019, and before January 1, 2024, for an eligible individual who is granted a discharge under specified conditions, as provided including that individual attended a Brightwood College school.


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