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CTA and Labor Representatives Brief Legislative Staff on Issues Impacting Our Communities

Photo above: (From r.) CTA Board Member Michael Stone and Advocate Seth Bramble prepare to discuss presentations to a forum convened by the Assembly Speaker’s Commission on Labor Education at the Capitol on Tuesday.

CTA representatives Michael Stone and Seth Bramble took part in a forum for legislative staff on labor issues Tuesday at the Capitol.

The Speaker’s Commission on Labor Education set the event to help lawmakers’ key aides keep aware of some of the most important issues impacting our communities in the months ahead. The event featured a panel of labor staff, including Caitlin Vega of the California Labor Federation; Jeremy Smith, of the Building Trades Council; Monica Henestroza, of the California Federation of Teachers; CTA Advocate Bramble; and Steve Henderson, of the California School Employees Association.

Our reps noted that California’s schools are emerging from a fiscal and policy storm that has:

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Capitol News: New Lawmakers Becoming Familiar with Legislative Deadlines

Last day to introduce new legislation is Feb.22

Some 39 new lawmakers have to meet the challenges faced by new "employees." They are becoming familiar width an unfamiliar physical environment and finding out exactly what they have to do to get the job done.  One of their first challenges is meeting the Feb. 22 deadline for introducing new legislation.

CTA Legislative Advocates report that the process this year is a little bit slower than in the past – but given the fact more than 25% of the legislature consists of first-time lawmakers, the pace is understandable.

There are other key legislative deadlines every year – including the approval of the state budget on June 15 and getting bills through various committees and out onto the floor of each house.

To stay updated visit CTA's At the Capitol section on the website.

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