2017 - 2018 Legislation

AB 37 – Media arts education standards: Establishes state teaching standards for instruction in media arts, allowing students to create, communicate, and design using new technology. Students of media arts learn valuable skills such as video production, online and mobile media design, sound engineering, multimedia live production, and virtual reality programming.

AB 169 – High Need Teacher Grant Program: Establishes the High Need Teacher Grant Program, which will award one-time grant funds of $20,000 to students in educator preparation programs if they commit to teach in a subject area especially impacted by the teacher shortage such as math, science, bilingual, or special education.

AB 170 – Teachers majoring in education: Removes the long-standing prohibition on elementary and middle school teachers earning their undergraduate degree in professional education, allowing universities to design education majors for prospective teachers.

AB 185 – District of Choice reform and extension: Extends the sunset date of the District of Choice program to July 1, 2020. This bill also implements critical changes to ensure that all students have the opportunity to transfer under this program.

AB 203 – School facilities streamlining: Requires the California Department of Education to ensure that standards for the design and construction of school facilities provide school districts with flexibility in the design of classrooms. This bill will also incorporate strategies to streamline the construction of schools. 

AB 235 – School district reserve cap: Exempts small school districts and basic aid districts from the cap on year end reserves that is applied in certain years. 

AB 312 – Special education funding equalization: Strengthens California’s support for students with disabilities by creating a state funding source for special education preschool services and addressing long-standing special education funding inequities

AB 348 – Deaf and hard of hearing education reform: Spot Bill (not moving this year)

AB 445 – CTE Grant Program (joint author with Jordan Cunningham): Increases the funding for career technical education grants offered by the state to $300 million and  makes it easier for schools to apply for grant funds.

AB 485 – Ban the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits from animal mills: Promotes the adoption of animals from shelters and rescue groups and encourages humane practices in the purchase of dogs and cats offered for retail sale in California.

AB 591 – Lease-leaseback clean up: Requires county boards of education to comply with the same requirements as school districts for use of the lease-leaseback contracting method.

AB 610 – Victim notification: Establishes an outreach program to ensure victims and their families receive notification of their offender’s parole hearing or early release.

AB 655 – SERRF RPS: Classifies facilities that transform municipal solid waste as eligible renewable energy resources if the facilities operate at least 20 percent below pollutant concentration limits report its emissions to the local air district.

AB 699 – Keep ICE out of classrooms: Prohibits Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials from entering school grounds without permission from a principal or district superintendent, protects students from discrimination based on immigration status, and creates other protections and supports for immigrant students and their families.

AB 716 – Grants for magnet schools: Establishes a magnet school grant program to provide one-time funding to cover the costs of establishing magnet schools.

AB 834 – Office of School Health: Establishes an Office of School-Based Health programs within the California Department of Education to provide leadership and assistance to school districts offering health programs through public schools.

AB 1035 – SBAC interim assessment reporting: Requires that results from state interim assessments – which are taken periodically during the school year to measure students’ progress – be reported by the standards being assessed, so that teachers can focus their instruction on areas of high priority.

AB 1077 – Off Highway Vehicle Program: Eliminates the sunset on the Off Highway Vehicle Program, a program that provides designated recreation areas for use by off highway vehicles.

AB 1185 – Rental car GPS tracking: Reduces from one week to 24 hours the wait time for rental vehicle companies to use GPS to locate vehicles that are not returned as required in the rental agreement.

AB 1274 – Smog abatement fee (spot bill with amendments in process): Exempts motor vehicles that are eight or less model-years old from being inspected biennially upon renewal of registration. The bill also assess an annual smog abatement fee of $24 on motor vehicles that are 7 or 8 model years old, and requires the revenue derived from this fee be used to fund the Carl Moyer Air Quality Standards Attainment Program.

AB 1418 – City Prosecutor code clean up: Clarifies that several sections of code that refer to city attorneys that prosecute misdemeanors also refer to City Prosecutors

AB 1467 – Weekend college courses: Allows colleges that provide courses to high school students to provide those courses on the weekends.

AB 1533 – Long Beach College Promise sunset: Deletes the sunset on the Long Beach College Promise program.

HR 16 – Read Across America Day: Designates March 2nd, 2017 as Read Across America Day.