Governmental Relations Policy in Action

Representing the Chancellor's Office before the Legislature and Executive Branch of the state and federal government, we are responsible for formulating and advancing the legislative agenda of the California Community Colleges.     Questions about legislation that affect the community colleges may be directed to 916.445.4434

2013 Priority Legislation

Assembly Bill 13 (Chavez) Nonresident Tuition Exemption: Veterans (Support - Position Letter)
Eliminates the requirement that a student veteran must be stationed in California to receive the nonresident tuition exemption. It requires the student to be discharged within the prior year to receive the exemption. This is now a 2-year bill and was re-referred to the Senate Committe on Rules (9/9/13).

Assembly Bill 955 (Williams) Community College Intersession Programs (Oppose - Position Letter)
Authorizes community college districts to offer an extension program for credit courses during summer and winter intersessions under certain requirements. This bill was signed by the Governor and Chaptered (Chapter 710, 10/10/13).

Assembly Bill 1100 (Levine) Telecommunications: California Teleconnect Fund Administrative Committee Fund (Support - Position Letter)
Amends the Public Utilities Code to remove the annual reimbursement limit for California Community Colleges participating in the California Teleconnect Fund.This bill was held in the Assembly Appropriations Committee Suspense File.

Assembly Bill 1241 (Weber) Student Financial Aid: Cal Grant Program (Support - Position Letter)
Extends the eligibility to students applying for Cal Grants A and B to the fourth academic year after high school graduation or its equivalent. This bill was held in the Senate Appropriations Committee Suspense File (8/30/13).

Assembly Bill 1285 (Fong) Student Financial Aid: Cal Grant Program 
Expands Cal Grant B funding by eliminating the 2% cap on the number of Cal Grant B Entitlement and Competitive awards that cover the first year of tuition and fees. This bill is a two-year and was held in the Senate Education Committee (6/30/13).

Assembly Bill 1287 (Quirk-Silva) Student Financial Aid: Cal Grant Eligibility (Support - Position Letter)
Removes statutory provisions requiring renewing Cal Grant recipients to meet annual income and asset criteria to maintain eligibility. This bill was vetoed by the Govenor (10/10/13).

Assembly Bill 1358 (Fong) Student Body Association: Student Representation Fee
Amends statute authorizing a student representation fee of $1 per semester, increasing it to $2, and requires 1⁄2 of the student representation fee to be spent to establish and support the operations of an independent statewide community college student organization, recognized by the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges. This bill was signed by the Governor and Chaptered (Chapter 714, 10/10/13).

Assembly Bill 1364 (Ting) Student Financial Aid: Cal Grant Program (Support - Position Letter)
Requires that the maximum amount of the Cal Grant B access award, currently at $1,551, to be annually adjusted beginning with the 2014-15 academic year based on the increase in California personal income. This bill was held in the Senate Appropriations Committee Suspense File (8/30/13).

Senate Bill 141 (Correa) College Education Benefits: Children of Deported Parents (AB 540) (Support)
Exempts a student from nonresident tuition at the California Community Colleges and the California State University if certain requirements are met. This bill was signed by the Governor and Chaptered (Chapter 576, 10/5/13).

Senate Bill 440 (Padilla) Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act

Expands the Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act of 2010 by requiring that, prior to the 2014-15 academic year, every California Community College create an associate degree for transfer in every major that has a transfer model curriculum. This bill was signed by the Governor and Chaptered (Chapter 720, 10/10/13).

Senate Bill 576 (Block) Commission on Teacher Credentialing (Support - Position Letter)
Amends statute to require the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges to appoint an ex officio member to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing instead of the California Postsecondary Education Commission. This bill was signed by the Governor and Chaptered (Chapter 185, 8/28/13).