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The State Update

Is a document created by the Governmental Division and presented to both the Board of Governors and Consultation Council as an informational document that outlines legislation that is significant to the Chancellor’s Office and to the California Community College system.

State Update 2014


The State Legislature adjourned for 2013 on September 13, 2013, and will reconvene on January 6, 2014, for the start of the second year of the two-year session. Legislation introduced in 2013 that was not heard in a policy committee, must be heard by January 13, if the measure has a fiscal effect. Several bills are scheduled to be heard in the Assembly Higher Education Committee on January 7, 2014, and other committee hearings may be scheduled in the coming weeks. After the 2014 bill introduction deadline in February, policy committee hearings for these newly introduced bills will be scheduled beginning in March.

January 2014 Update (PDF)


The State Legislature reconvened on January 6, 2014, to start the second year of the two-year session and began with hearings for bills introduced in 2013 that are still eligible to pass in 2014. A few of these bills moved forward, but the vast majority of the bills we will be monitoring this year will be introduced by the bill introduction deadline on February 21, 2014. As we approach this date, we find that there are several significant policy issues that will be addressed in legislation, but some of the language in these bills is still placeholder statute. Bills with placeholder language are known as "spot" bills. Some of these spot bills may be used for a different purpose than the current subject of the bill. Other concepts for bills have been introduced in press releases but have not been assigned bill numbers and the language is not yet available to the public. While we are already tracking dozens of new measures, but we expect a significant increase in the number of bills introduced by the deadline this Friday.

February 2014 Update (PDF)


February 21, 2014, was the deadline for introducing legislation in the second year of this two-year session. While we still have bills introduced in 2013 that continue to be viable, there are many new bills that affect community colleges. A number of the newly introduced measures have placeholder language only or simply state legislative intent, these bills are known as "spot" bills. Because the topic of the measure is important, many of the spot bills are listed in the top priority level of our legislative matrix. As additional details become known, that status may change. By introducing spot bills, legislators meet the bill introduction deadline while allowing themselves more time to work on the language in the measure. This has become a much more common practice in recent years. However, in a number of cases the author’s staff has indicated that they will use the spot bill for another purpose or have no current plans for the bill.

March 2014 Update (PDF)


The Legislature is scheduled to begin their Spring Recess upon adjournment on April 10, 2014, and reconvening on April 21, 2014. A number of the bills we are monitoring will be heard after the recess at hearings on April 22, and April 23 in the Assembly Committee on Higher Education and the Senate Education Committee respectively. Bills that have been assigned to these committees may not be posted yet on the committee’s agenda. Legislation that has a fiscal effect must be heard by May 2, 2014 in the policy committee in the house of origin (e.g., Assembly bills addressing higher education issues must pass the Assembly Higher Education Committee by May 2). If the bill does not have a fiscal effect, or if it is not significant, the deadline for passing the policy committee of the bill’s first house is May 9, 2014.

                                                                            April 2014 Update (PDF)


While the Legislature continues to hear bills in policy and fiscal committees, another key deadline on the legislative calendar passed on May 2, 2014, when bills with a fiscal effect must pass the policy committee in the first house. For most of our bills of interest, the policy committees are the Senate Education Committee and the Assembly Committee on Higher Education. The next major deadline will be May 23, 2014, when all bills with a fiscal effect must pass the fiscal committee of the first house. These "fiscal" committees are called Assembly and Senate Appropriations. Many bills pass as amended in committees with recommended changes to address the committee’s concerns. In some cases, bills are analyzed based on draft language or proposed language that is not in print, but has been agreed upon by the committee and the author’s office. It may take several days after passage in committee for the amended bill to be available in print for the public.

                                                                              May 2014 Update (PDF)


A few key deadlines on the Legislative Calendar have passed since the May Board of Governors, and Consultation Council meetings. At this stage in the calendar, bills must have passed their policy and fiscal committees, as well as the floor in their house of origin. Some of the measures we have been tracking have failed deadlines, and are listed separately within each priority level (tier) in the matrix. The next milestone for policy bills is August 15, 2014, when all measures must pass the fiscal committee in the second house. This is a key deadline but in between now and then we have still have the state budget and its trailer bills to be reviewed and signed by the Governor to become effective on July 1, followed by a month long legislative recess from July 3 through August 4, 2014.

                                                                            June 2014 Update (PDF)


When the Legislature returns on August 4, 2014, that Monday morning the Senate Appropriations Committee will hold a bill hearing that includes many of our Assembly bills of interest. Each house posts a "Daily File" that includes information on the Legislature and upcoming events. The Daily File must be checked constantly for revisions and updates. Besides the Appropriations Committee hearings, other legislative activity currently posted in the Daily File includes informational hearings and select committee hearings. Of note for higher education is the hearing scheduled by the Select Committee on Campus Climate on Wednesday, August 6, 2014. Chaired by Assembly Member Shirley Weber, the Select Committee will "…Examine protocols and practices of California’s higher education institutions while exploring recommendations to encourage campus safety and promote healthier campus climates."

                                                                              July 2014 Update (PDF)

The is no State Update for the month of August, due to the fact that neither the Board of Governors nor Consultation Council convened during this month.


On August 14, 2014, both the Senate Appropriations and the Assembly Appropriations Committees met before the August 15, 2014 deadline for all measures to pass the fiscal committees (Appropriations) in the second house. The final fiscal deadline for the two-year session is one of the most significant deadlines on the legislative calendar. The fiscal committees announced which bills were "held," meaning they will remain in committee, and which bills will pass or pass as amended. Bills that are "held" cannot move further in the process. The amendments announced for bills that passed with amendments may not be in print for a few days. These amendments are often the result of compromises sometimes made just before committee and behind the scenes. In many cases, our initial information on the amendments is limited to the brief statements by the chair when announcing the measure. 

                                                                             Sept 2014 Update (PDF)


The Governor finished his work by today’s deadline, September 30, 2014, to sign or veto all bills in his possession. The official adjournment of the regular, two-year session known as "sine die" is at midnight on November 30, 2014, and the 2015-2016 two-year session convenes on December 1, 2014. Except for urgency measures, legislation signed by the Governor and chaptered into law becomes effective on January 1, 2015. The Budget Act and the budget trailer bills are urgency measures, and in our top priority level "tier 1," AB 13 (Conway), SB 174(De León) and SB 798 (De León) are urgency measures. Of note is that although the Governor signed AB 1476 (Committee on the Budget), a budget bill that makes technical changes to the Budget Act, he line-item vetoed $100 million in funding for the University of California and the California State University that would have been added to those system’s budgets for the current fiscal year.
                                                                              Oct 2014 Update (PDF)

Due to the fact that the 2014 legislative session has ended there will not be a November State Update. 

Due to the fact that the 2014 legislative session has ended there will not be a December State Update. 

State Update 2013

State Legislative Update (Jan 7 & 8, 2013)


On December 3, 2012, the State Legislature was sworn in for the 2013-2014 Session. In addition to being sworn in, several members introduced legislation and some of these measures will affect the community college system. The Assembly Speaker announced committee chairs, and the Pro Tem of the Senate announced leadership positions and the members of the Senate Rules Committee. We expect the members of the committee to be named in January. Below is a brief list of the recently introduced legislation, followed by a list of key committee chairs, and a recap of the November 6, 2012 Election from the community college perspective.

State Legislative Update (February 21, 2013)


As the Legislature continues to introduce bills, we expect to identify more measures that affect community colleges through the bill introduction deadline on Friday, February 22, 2013. We are currently tracking about 120 bills on our legislative matrix, and expect that number to increase and approach 200. A number of the recently introduced measures are "spot" bills and may be substantially revised in the coming weeks. At this early stage in the legislative session, we are researching recently introduced bills to find out the issue that the Assemblymember or Senator is addressing, and determine the measures that we should prioritize for analysis, and later for a position. The attached matrix is in priority order, and brief summaries are provided below. As we analyze and research bills, our priority measures may change.

State Legislative Update (March 4 & 21, 2013)


The Legislature met the Friday, February 22, 2013 deadline for introducing bills with a combined total in the Senate and the Assembly of over 2,100 measures. We’ve identified 217 measures that affect community colleges. A number of these bills are placeholders, or "spot" bills that may be substantially revised in the coming weeks. Several spot bills are included in the top tier of our matrix as well as this update because the subject of the bill is important, perhaps intended for more important language in the future, even though in some cases the current bill language makes insignificant changes to statute. The Assembly has directed that members amend spot bills by March 11. We continue to closely monitor these measures as they are amended.

State Legislative Update (April 17, 2013)


Legislative policy committee hearings are in full swing in April. This is because bills that were introduced at the beginning of this session must pass their policy committee in the house of origin by either May 3, for bills with a fiscal impact, or May 17 for non-fiscal bills. For community colleges, the policy committees for our bills of interest are usually the Assembly Committee on Higher Education or in the Senate Committee on Education.

State Legislative Update (May 15, 2013)


The release of the Governor’s May Revision to the proposed budget may provide insight into whether or not the Governor will support certain measures. The differences in how revenues will be used to support policy measures will need to be resolved. For example, the Governor’s proposed distribution of the Proposition 39 funds, enterprise zone tax programs, as well as appropriations in the budget for certain categorical programs differ from proposed legislation. The Legislature will weigh in by their actions in the Appropriations Committees in both the Senate and the Assembly. These committees are completing hearings on measures that have a fiscal effect, and have already placed a number of measures in the "Suspense file." On May 24, 2013, the Appropriations Committees will announce which measures will pass the committee and which measures will stay, or be "held" in suspense by the committee. The measures that pass these committees that have a fiscal effect reveal each house’s priorities. Some measures may be substantially amended to reduce or eliminate costs in order to pass the committee, and we may not see the amendments for several days after the committee hearing on May 24. Bills that are held in committee will not move forward in the Legislature this year.

State Legislative Update (June 18, 2013)


With the passage of the State Budget by the Legislature, the actions of the Appropriations Committees at the end of May, and the deadline for bills to pass out of their house of origin all past, our list of bills of interest has been reduced.

State Legislative Update (July 5, 2013)



Capitol staff and lobbyists often say the Legislature is driven by deadlines and there are key deadlines coming up later in July and in August. This year, the Assembly and Senate do not adjourn for the summer recess on the same day, affecting the deadlines for bills to pass out of second house policy committees. For the Senate, the deadline is July 12, the same day the Senate starts its recess. The Senate will return on August 12. The Assembly began its summer recess when it adjourned on July 3, and will return from recess a week before the Senate on August 5. The Assembly’s deadline for passing measures out of policy committee is August 12. Consequently, many of our Senate bills of interest will be heard in the Assembly Higher Education Committee on August 6. Both houses have the same deadline, August 30, for bills to pass out of their respective Appropriations Committees.

State Legislative Update (August 19, 2013)


After recesses taken at different time periods, both houses of the State Legislature have returned to the Capitol facing the next key deadline on August 30, 2013, when bills with a fiscal effect must pass out of the Appropriations Committees in the second house. Bills that do not pass the Appropriations Committees by August 30 no longer move forward this calendar year. Many bills will pass with amendments from the Appropriations Committees but the amendments may not be immediately available at the close of the hearing. Soon all of the scheduled policy committees will be over and the work of the fiscal committees will become the priority of Capitol staff and the Department of Finance. During this time period we also find legislation may be completely revised to a different subject to address an emergent concern or to pass a procedural hurdle such as being held in the Appropriations Committee because the legislative deadlines apply to the bill number, not the substance of a bill. These bills are known as gut-and-amends, and to allow for public testimony and input, hearings may be added to the legislative calendar.

State Legislative Update (September 5, 2012)


After the State Legislative Update was printed for the Board of Governors meeting, the Legislature met the August 30, 2013 deadline for passing bills in the Appropriations Committees. Bills that were "held" in committee do not move any further this year. The next key deadline is September 13, 2013, when the Legislature must pass bills to be eligible to be sent to the Governor. Below is an update on the status of key bills of legislation that met the August 30, 2013 deadline and others that were passed by the Legislature.

State Legislative Update (October 11, 2013)


The State Legislature adjourned on September 13, 2013, completing its work on bills for 2013. The deadline for the Governor to sign or veto measures sent to him is October 13, 2013.