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CCA is proud to advocate for members in Sacramento. Because of our tireless advocacy, we have seen numerous bills signed into law, including CTA’s sponsored retirement bills.

Legislation We Supported that Was Signed Into Law

AB 1232 (McCarty): Adds an exception to the requirement of nonresident tuition payment for specified nonresident students enrolled in an English as a second language course for credit.

AB 1712 (Medina): Requires the California Community Colleges (CCC) and the California State University (CSU), and requests that the University of California (UC) develop questions on campus climate and submit the preceding questions to the United States (U.S.) Secretary of Education to be included in the online survey for campus climate established by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the CCC, the CSU and the UC every two years.

AB 1736 (Choi): Allows a student to be elected to serve as an officer in the student government if they are enrolled in an adult education program offered by a community college district or are a student with a disability.

AB 2683 (Gabriel): Requires a defined postsecondary institution and requests each campus of the University of California (UC) to annually train its defined students on sexual violence, sexual harassment, and other specified topics, regardless of whether a student lives on- or off-campus. It authorizes a postsecondary institution to implement the training to students through a new program or by integrating the required content into existing trainings they conduct. It also requires a postsecondary institution and requests that the UC campus update its internet website with specified information regarding these topics, on or before January 1, 2024.

SB 641 (Skinner): Requires the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) to convene a workgroup to identify the necessary changes to improve access to CalFresh for college students.

Other New Laws Relevant to Community Colleges

AB 1719 (Ward): Expands the scope of a program established under the Teacher Housing Act of 2016 to include housing for faculty and community college district employees and establishes various conforming changes. It also specifies that a school district or community college district may allow foster youth or former foster youth to occupy housing created through the program.

AB 2122 (Choi): Authorizes each campus of the California State University (CSU), the California Community Colleges (CCC), and the University of California (UC) to establish a campus mental health hotline for students to access remotely. It also requires each campus of the CSU, the CCC, and the UC, without a campus mental health hotline, to have printed the telephone number of their city’s or county’s mental health hotline on either side of student identification cards.

AB 2482 (Calderon): Establishes a pilot program that would require the California State University (CSU) and the California Community Colleges (CCC) to provide at least one vending machine dispensing wellness products at five campuses. It also specifies that participation of CCC’s under the pilot program would be voluntary.

AB 2627 (Bauer-Kahan): Authorizes a state or local agency, at the request of the governing board of a California Community College (CCC) district, to enter into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) allowing both to share electronically collected personal information about users, unless the user has not granted permission for such disclosure, for purposes of facilitating outreach and enrollment of individuals in the CCC system, and notifying the user of all available support resources.

SB 1141 (Limón): Reduces the eligibility exemption for paying nonresident tuition at California State University (CSU) and California Community Colleges (CCC) from three or more years to two or more years of California schooling.

CTA Sponsored Retirement Bills

AB 1667 (Cooper): Retiring is a significant, life-changing event for educators and their families, and educators rely on the thoroughness and accuracy of information CalSTRS provides them and the payroll data an employer submits to CalSTRS to make that decision. Years after retirement, if a retiree is informed that their retirement benefit amount is incorrect and the retiree owes a substantial back-payment due to an error that was not their fault, the retired educator bears substantial financial harm. This bill helps ensure the accuracy of reporting compensation to CalSTRS by employers and minimizes financial harm to CalSTRS retirees.

SB 868 (Cortese): A systemic inequality in the CalSTRS system has left some educators who retired prior to 1999 with less equitable benefits than their peers. This bill creates a one-time permanent adjustment and stabilizes the financial footing of these retirees, most of whom are women.

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