With June 1 being the deadline for all bills to have passed out of their house of origin, the fates of many of the bills that CCC tracks, including the closely monitored Catholic Advocacy Day bills, are being determined.
The CCC is pleased to report that SB 1214 K-12 Teacher Professional Development (Portantino, D-La Canada Flintridge) has passed out of the Senate with a unanimous, bi-partisan vote and will now head to the Assembly. The bill will create a $2,500 deduction for new teachers who are clearing their credentials, helping to address the teacher shortage and increase the number of well-qualified educators in California classrooms. The bill is co-sponsored by the California Catholic Conference and the California Federation of Teachers.
The Senate also passed SB 1391 by Senator Lara (D-Bell Gardens) that addresses juvenile fitness for court. This bill will prohibit youth ages 14 and 15 from entering the adult criminal system and instead keep them in the juvenile system.
AB 1862 by Assemblymember Santiago (D-Los Angeles) passed and is now headed to the Senate. The bill will appropriate $10 million to the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) to provide immigration services to individuals who are current or former recipients of the federal Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program.
The Assembly also passed AB 2269 (R-Lackey) and is now in the Senate’s hands. AB 2269 extends the CalWORKs program for persons receiving aid until he or she reaches the age of 20, if the recipient is attending school and making satisfactory progress toward graduation or completion of a program as defined by the school.
Previously, AB 2701 (Rubio, D-Baldwin Park) was suspended in committee and will not move forward. The bill would have required the Victims Compensation Board to administer a program to evaluate applications and award grants to school-based trauma recovery centers.
The CCC is still closely watching SB 320 by Senator Leyva (D-Chino), which would require student health centers at California’s public universities (UC and CSU) to offer abortion drugs (like RU 486) to students. The bill passed out of the Senate in late January and is being taken up in Assembly committees. SB 320 is now set for hearing in the Assembly Health Committee on June 12 at 1:30p.m. Please be on the lookout on how to contact Assemblymember about this bill soon.