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2008 Chaptered Assembly Bills


| AB 86 | AB 88 | AB 97 | AB 131 | AB 352 | AB 415 | AB 499 | AB 519 | AB 583 | AB 591 | AB 638 | AB 642 | AB 830 |
| AB 876 | AB 916 | AB 994 | AB 1062 | AB 1163 | AB 1279 | AB 1389 | AB 1461 | AB 1479 | AB 1480 | AB 1808 |
| AB 1844 | AB 1871 | AB 1889 | AB 1893 | AB 1908 | AB 1927 | AB 1948 | AB 1963 | AB 1976 | AB 1980 | AB 1981 |
| AB 1998 | AB 2023 | AB 2033 | AB 2040 | AB 2049 | AB 2057 | AB 2070 | AB 2096 | AB 2158 | AB 2191 | AB 2197 |
| AB 2202 | AB 2226 | AB 2246 | AB 2250 | AB 2260 | AB 2261 | AB 2300 | AB 2302 | AB 2390 | AB 2391 | AB 2423 |
| AB 2474 | AB 2555 | AB 2607 | AB 2618 | AB 2648 | AB 2651 | AB 2720 | AB 2758 | AB 2759 | AB 2786 | AB 2804 |
| AB 2838 | AB 2855 | AB 2904 | AB 2932 | AB 3015 | AB 3026 | AB 3042 | AB 3043 | AB 3070 | ACR 21 | ACR 65 |
| ACR 69 | ACR 99 | ACR 108 | ACR 114 | ACR 134 | ACR 138 | ACR 140 | ACR 143 | ACR 145 | ACR 146 | AJR 43 |
| AJR 48 | AJR 54 | AJR 58 | AJR 64 | AJR 69

2008 Chaptered Senate Bills

 


AB 86

Author

Lieu

Chapter

646

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

Safe Schools

Summary

Existing law, the Interagency School Safety Demonstration Act of 1985, states that the intent of the Legislature in enacting its provisions is to encourage school districts, county offices of education, law enforcement agencies, and agencies serving youth to develop and implement interagency strategies, in-service training programs, and activities that will, among other things, reduce school crime and violence, including bullying. Existing law establishes the School/Law Enforcement Partnership and charges it with undertaking several efforts intended to reduce school crime, as specified, including bullying. This bill would specify that bullying, as used in these provisions, means one or more acts by a pupil or a group of pupils directed against another pupil that constitutes sexual harassment, hate violence, or severe or pervasive intentional harassment, threats, or intimidation that is disruptive, causes disorder, and invades the rights of others by creating an intimidating or hostile educational environment, and includes acts that are committed personally or by means of an electronic act, as defined. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

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AB 88

Author

Committee on Budget

Chapter

269

Is Urgency?

Y

Subject

Budget Issues

Summary

AB 1781, as proposed by Conference Report No. 1 on July 17, 2008, would make appropriations for the support of state government for the 2008-09 fiscal year. This bill would amend and supplement the Budget Act of 2008 by revising items of appropriation for the Office of Planning and Research; the Office of Emergency Services; the Department of Justice; the Controller; the Secretary of State; the Treasurer; the Department of General Services; the State Personnel Board; the Department of Technology Services; the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection; the Department of Parks and Recreation; the State Air Resources Board; the State Department of Developmental Services; the State Department of Health Care Services; the State Department of Mental Health; the State Department of Social Services; the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation; the Student Aid Commission; the State Department of Education; the California State Library; the University of California; the California State University; the California Community Colleges; the Department of Personnel Administration; the Public Utilities Commission; the Department of Finance; the Military Department; the Financial Information System for California; and local government financing. This bill contains other related provisions.

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AB 97

Author

Mendoza

Chapter

207

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

Child Nutrition

Summary

Existing law, the California Uniform Retail Food Facilities Law (CURFFL), provides for the regulation of health and sanitation standards for retail food facilities by the State Department of Public Health. Under existing law, local health agencies are primarily responsible for enforcing CURFFL. A violation of CURFFL is a misdemeanor. This bill would require every food facility, except a public school cafeteria, to maintain on the premises the label required for any food or food additive that is, or includes, any fat, oil, or shortening, for as long as this food or food additive is stored, distributed, or served by, or used in the preparation of food within, the food facility. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

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AB 131

Author

Beall

Chapter

487

Is Urgency?

Y

Subject

Child Care/Child Development

Summary

Existing law requires the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, by December 1, 2007, to report to the Legislature and the Governor on the existing process and requirements for obtaining a specialist credential in special education and recommend modifications to enhance and expedite those procedures. This bill would authorize a local educational agency or school to employ and assign an individual to provide instruction to pupils who are 3 and 4 years of age and who are diagnosed as autistic, as defined, if the individual holds a valid level 1 or clear education specialist credential, is authorized to provide instruction to pupils with autism, and meets specified competence criteria, as determined by the local educational agency or school. The local educational agency or school would be required to maintain on file in its office verification that the individual has met the competence criteria. These provisions would become inoperative on August 31, 2011, and would be repealed on January 1, 2012. This bill contains other related provisions.

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AB 352

Author

Solorio

Chapter

422

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

Safe Schools

Summary

Existing law, subject to exceptions, makes it an offense to openly display or expose an imitation firearm in a public place, as defined. This bill would include public schools within the definition of "public place" for purposes of these provisions. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

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AB 415

Author

Karnette

Chapter

186

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

STRS/PERS

Summary

Existing law requires all vacancies in the classified service of a school district that has adopted the merit system to be filled from applicants on eligibility lists that are made up from promotional examinations or other specified methods. Existing law requires that if a vacancy is filled from applicants on an eligibility list, the appointment is to be made from the eligible candidates having the first 3 ranks on the list. Existing law, until January 1, 2012, in a school district with a pupil population over 400,000, authorizes an appointment to be made from other than the first 3 ranks on the eligibility list if specialized licenses, certifications, knowledge, or ability that cannot reasonably be acquired during the probationary period or a specific gender is required for successful job performance of a position, in which case the appointment is required to be made from among the highest 3 ranks of applicants on the list who meet the special requirements. Existing law makes these provisions apply only to specified classifications of positions. This bill in addition would make these provisions apply to classifications that have been designated as management.

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AB 499

Author

Swanson

Chapter

359

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

At-Risk Students

Summary

Existing law declares the findings of the Legislature that there is a need to develop programs to ameliorate, reduce, and ultimately eliminate the trauma of child sexual abuse, and that, for the purposes of developing and providing these programs and services, and for the training of, and providing information to, city and county personnel throughout the state, it is necessary to expand specified services. This bill would, until January 1, 2012, authorize the District Attorney of Alameda County to create a pilot project, contingent upon local funding, for the purposes of developing a comprehensive, replicative, multidisciplinary model to address the needs and effective treatment of commercially sexually exploited minors, as specified. The bill would authorize the District Attorney of Alameda County, as part of the pilot project, to develop protocols for identifying and assessing minors, upon arrest or detention by law enforcement, who may be victims of commercial sexual exploitation, and to develop a diversion program reflecting the best practices to address the needs and requirements of those minors. The district attorney would also be authorized to develop, offer, and provide a training curriculum that would provide training for certain county employees on the commercial sexual exploitation of minors in Alameda County, as specified.

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AB 519

Author

Committee on Budget

Chapter

757

Is Urgency?

Y

Subject

Accountability

Summary

Existing law requires a revenue limit to be calculated for each county superintendent of schools, adjusted for various factors, and reduced, as specified. This bill would reduce the revenue limit for each county superintendent of schools for the 2008-09 fiscal year by a deficit factor of 4.396 percent. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

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AB 583

Author

Hancock

Chapter

735

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

General Government

Summary

Under the Political Reform Act of 1974 a public officer is prohibited from expending or accepting any public moneys for the purpose of seeking elective office. This bill would repeal that prohibition and would enact the California Fair Elections Act of 2008, which would authorize eligible candidates for Secretary of State to obtain public funds according to specified procedures and requirements, provided that certain thresholds are attained. The bill would impose primary responsibility for the administration of the provisions of the bill on the Fair Political Practices Commission. This bill would create the Fair Elections Fund and, commencing January 1, 2011, would transfer funds from the Fair Elections Fund to the Fair Political Practices Commission for the purpose of the public financing provisions of the act. The bill would also establish nonrefundable fees to be imposed on lobbyists, lobbying firms, and lobbyist employers. The fees collected are to be deposited, in part, in the Fair Elections Fund. The bill would make funding for the administrative and enforcement costs of the act available from the Fair Elections Fund. The bill would require that the available funds, for each 4-year election cycle, would be no more than 10 percent of the total amount deposited in the Fair Elections Fund during the 4-year election cycle. The bill would repeal specified provisions on January 1, 2019. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

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AB 591

Author

Dymally

Chapter

84

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

Higher Education

Summary

Existing law establishes the California Community Colleges under the administration of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges. Existing law requires that a person employed to teach adult or community college classes for not more than 60 percent of the hours per week of a full-time employee having comparable duties, excluding substitute service, be classified as a temporary employee. This bill would, instead, require that any person who is employed to teach adult or community college classes for not more than 67 percent of the hours per week considered a full-time assignment for regular employees having comparable duties, excluding substitute service, be classified as a temporary employee. If these provisions are in conflict with the terms of a collective bargaining agreement in effect on or before January 1, 2009, the provisions of this bill would govern the employees subject to that agreement upon the expiration of the agreement.

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AB 638

Author

Bass

Chapter

628

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

Higher Education

Summary

Existing law establishes the Student Aid Commission as the primary state agency for the administration of state-authorized student financial aid programs available to students attending all segments of postsecondary education. Existing law establishes an assumption program of loans for education, administered by the Student Aid Commission, under which any person enrolled in a participating institution of postsecondary education, or any person who agrees to participate in a teacher trainee or teacher internship program, is eligible to enter into an agreement for loan assumption, to be redeemed pursuant to a prescribed procedure upon satisfying certain conditions. This bill would create the California Physician Assistant Loan Assumption Program, administered by the commission, under which any person enrolled in or admitted to a physician assistant program at an eligible institution, and who meets other requirements, is eligible to receive a conditional agreement for loan assumption, to be redeemed upon working for a specified period as a physician assistant in a designated medically underserved area. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

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AB 642

Author

Wolk

Chapter

314

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

School Facilities

Summary

Existing law, until January 1, 2011, authorizes certain cities, with the approval of the appropriate city council, to enter into design-build contracts, as defined, in accordance with specified provisions. This bill would authorize any city, with the approval of the appropriate city council, to enter into design-build contracts, as defined, in accordance with specified provisions. The bill also would extend these provisions until January 1, 2016. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

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AB 830

Author

Ma

Chapter

649

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

Transportation

Summary

Existing law authorizes the governing board of a school district to contract for the transportation of pupils attending schools within the district to and from specified activities and authorizes the governing board to pay for that transportation out of any funds of the district available for that purpose. This bill would provide that a school, a school district, or the state would not be liable for transportation services provided by an operator of a charter-party carrier, as defined, for which the school or the school district has not contracted, arranged, or otherwise provided. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

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AB 876

Author

Davis

Chapter

650

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

Career/Technical Ed.

Summary

Existing law requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to coordinate the development, on a cyclical basis, of model curriculum standards for a high school career technical course of study pursuant to policies developed by the State Board of Education. Existing law also requires the Superintendent to develop a career technical curriculum framework based on prescribed criteria. This bill would request the California State University and the University of California to take specified actions with respect to the recognition of career technical education coursework in connection with the admissions criteria of the respective universities. This bill contains other existing laws.

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AB 916

Author

Niello

Chapter

652

Is Urgency?

Y

Subject

School Facilities

Summary

Existing law, the Leroy F. Greene School Facilities Act of 1998, requires the State Allocation Board to allocate to applicant school districts prescribed per-unhoused-pupil state funding for construction and modernization of school facilities, including hardship funding, and supplemental funding for site development and acquisition. The act requires an applicant school district for new construction to submit to the board a one-time report of existing school building capacity that is to be calculated pursuant to a specified formula, and requires ongoing eligibility for new construction funding to be determined by completing a series of calculations based on projected enrollment compared to existing school building capacity. A school district newly formed, reorganized, or affected by reorganization, pursuant to an election that occurred on or after November 4, 1998, is required to calculate or recalculate its existing school building capacity pursuant to regulations adopted by the State Allocation Board. This bill would authorize the Twin Rivers Unified School District to occupy a portion of the East Natomas Education Complex project without jeopardizing its future eligibility for funding for purposes of constructing and housing up to 1,000 unhoused pupils within the middle school of the East Natomas Education Complex project, pursuant to the Leroy F. Greene School Facilities Act of 1998. The bill would establish a procedure for the nullification of the authority granted under the bill through the submission of a resolution of the governing board of the district to the State Allocation Board. This bill contains other related provisions.

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AB 994

Author

Parra

Chapter

426

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

Higher Education

Summary

Existing law establishes the statewide Associate Degree Nursing (A.D.N.) Scholarship Pilot Program in the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development to provide scholarships to students, in accordance with prescribed requirements, in counties determined to have the most need. Under existing law, the program will be repealed as of January 1, 2009. This bill would extend the operative date of the pilot program to January 1, 2014.

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AB 1062

Author

Ma

Chapter

653

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

School Facilities
School Finance

Summary

Existing law requires, except for certain specified circumstances, the Department of General Services to supervise the design and construction of any school building or the reconstruction or alteration of, or addition to, any school building to ensure that the plans and specifications comply with the rules and regulations adopted by the department and the applicable requirements of the California Building Standards Code. This bill would require the Division of the State Architect in the Department of General Services, on or before January 1, 2010, to develop uniform criteria for precheck approval processes for solar design plans for a school facility that comply with the rules and regulations adopted by the department and the applicable requirements of the California Building Standards Code. The Department of General Services would be required to complete review of solar design plan applications submitted by a school district that conform with the standards within 45 calendar days of the receipt of a complete application and to act on corrected complete applications within 10 calendar days of their submission for approval.

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AB 1163

Author

Krekorian

Chapter

655

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

Adult Education

Summary

Existing law authorizes the Superintendent of Public Instruction to approve plans for adult education innovation and alternative instructional delivery for school districts making an application that demonstrate how the needs of adults will be addressed by various programs. Existing law authorizes school districts that are approved to implement adult education demonstration programs to expend up to 5 percent of their adult block entitlement for implementation of those programs. This bill would instead authorize school districts to claim and expend up to 5 percent of their adult block entitlement for those programs and more than 5 percent, but no more than 15 percent, of its adult block entitlement if the program is approved by the Superintendent under the bill. The bill would require a school district to maintain specified accountability mechanisms for those programs, including maintaining documentation of the hours of student attendance required for apportionment purposes. The bill would require an application for adult education innovation and alternative instructional delivery to include specified information, including the methods of maintaining course and student data, and the specific instructional resources that are available to students to complete course requirements.

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AB 1279

Author

Committee on Budget

Chapter

759

Is Urgency?

Y

Subject

Child Care/Child Development

Summary

The Child Care and Development Services Act, administered by the State Department of Education, provides that children up to 13 years of age are eligible, with certain requirements, for child care and development services. Existing law provides for child care alternative payment programs, the purpose of which is to provide for parental choice in child care. Under existing law, payments by alternative payment programs to licensed child care providers cannot exceed the applicable market rate ceiling. Existing law requires an alternative payment program to reimburse a child care provider in accordance with an annual market survey, to be conducted by an entity contracting with the department, at a rate not to exceed ceilings prescribed by statute. This bill would, instead, require, commencing March 1, 2009, the regional market rate ceilings to be established at the 85th percentile of the 2007 regional market rate survey for that region, and would make conforming changes. The bill would require the market rate surveys to be conducted on a biennial rather than annual basis. The bill would prohibit a family receiving CalWORKs cash aid from being charged a family fee. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

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AB 1389

Author

Committee on Budget

Chapter

751

Is Urgency?

Y

Subject

STRS/PERS

Summary

The State Teachers' Retirement Law prescribes the rights and benefits of members of the State Teachers' Retirement System. Under the law, a continuous appropriation equal to 2.5 percent of creditable compensation, as specified, is made annually from the General Fund for transfer to the Supplemental Benefit Maintenance Account in the Teachers' Retirement Fund to fund supplemental purchase power protection payments to retired members, disabled members, and beneficiaries of the Defined Benefit Program of the State Teachers' Retirement System. The law provides that the transfer for the 2008-09 fiscal year be made on November 1. This bill would reduce the continuous appropriation from the General Fund, described above, by specified amounts. The bill would require that the transfers to the Supplemental Benefit Maintenance Account be made on November 1 and April 1 of each fiscal year, with each transfer to equal 1/2 the amount appropriated. The bill, until 2013, would also make a series of appropriations from the General Fund for the purpose of paying interest on the judgment in a specified case related to the account. The bill would state the intent of the Legislature that certain information be included in the annual Budget Act. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

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AB 1461

Author

Krekorian

Chapter

630

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

Child Health

Summary

Existing law authorizes a disability policy to provide that the insurer is not liable for any loss sustained or contracted in consequence of the insured's being intoxicated or under the influence of any controlled substance unless administered on the advice of a physician. This bill would exclude a health insurance policy from the application of the above-described provision, thereby allowing for insurer liability under those circumstances.

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AB 1479

Author

Mendoza

Chapter

211

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

School Finance

Summary

Existing law establishes in state government the California Health Facilities Financing Authority, the California Debt Limit Allocation Committee, the Pooled Money Investment Board, the California Educational Facilities Authority, California School Finance Authority, the California Pollution Control Financing Authority, the California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority, and the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee, with specified members, duties, and authority. Under existing law, certain of these entities are authorized to delegate to their executive director the authority to enter into contracts on behalf of the entity. This bill would authorize certain of these entities, to delegate to an official or employee of the entity any powers and duties deemed proper, including entering into contracts on behalf of the entity. With respect to each specified entity of which the Director of Finance is a member, this bill would authorize the director to designate a deputy or other official to represent and act for the director at all meetings of that entity. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

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AB 1480

Author

Mendoza

Chapter

432

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

STRS/PERS

Summary

Existing law requires the State Teachers' Retirement System to offer annuity contracts and custodial accounts to all employees of any state agency who are members of the State Teachers' Retirement Plan, as specified, or any employee of a local public agency or political subdivision of the state that employs persons to perform creditable service subject to coverage by the plan, as specified. Existing federal law permits the creation of individual retirement accounts referred to as Roth IRAs, and regulates the conditions under which a taxpayer may make a rollover contribution to a Roth IRA from another individual retirement account. This bill would permit the State Teachers' Retirement System to administer a Roth IRA for the purpose of accepting a rollover from an annuity contract or custodial account offered by the system to the extent the rollover complies with the federal tax law. The bill would permit the system to provide for the administration of the Roth IRA by a qualified 3rd-party administrator who would provide custodial, investment, recordkeeping, or administrative services. The bill would also provide for the deposit of revenues into the Roth IRA Operating Account within the Teachers' Deferred Compensation Fund. By increasing amounts deposited in that fund, this bill would make an appropriation. This bill contains other existing laws.

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AB 1808

Author

Huff

Chapter

137

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

General Government

Summary

Existing law permits candidates for nonpartisan elective office in local agencies to prepare and submit to the elections official a candidate's statement of specified length and subject to specified conditions and at the candidate's expense, to appear in the voter's pamphlet accompanying the sample ballot. The existing Political Reform Act of 1974 also allows candidates for statewide elective office and candidates for the State Senate and Assembly to purchase the space to place a statement in the state ballot pamphlet or voter information portion of the sample ballot, as appropriate, of specified length and subject to specified conditions. This bill would allow candidates for United States Senator and United States Representative to purchase space to place a statement in the state ballot pamphlet and the voter information portion of the sample ballot, respectively, of a specified length and subject to specified conditions. By placing new duties on local elections officials, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

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AB 1844

Author

Hernandez

Chapter

369

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

STRS/PERS

Summary

Existing law provides that it is a crime to make a knowingly false material statement or representation for the purpose of obtaining workers' compensation, or supporting or denying a workers' compensation claim. The Public Employees' Retirement Law, the Teachers' Retirement Law, and the County Employees Retirement Law of 1937 prescribe the rights, benefits, and duties of members of the retirement systems established by those laws. This bill would make it a crime for a person to make or present false material statements and representations in connection with those retirement systems' benefits and applications, as specified, or to aid or abet someone in this regard. The bill would also make it a crime for a person to knowingly accept, with the intent to keep for personal benefit, a payment from any of those retirement systems with the knowledge that he or she was not entitled to the benefit. The bill would provide that a violation of these provisions is punishable by up to one year in a county jail, or a fine, or both, and restitution, as specified. The bill would require any restitution order imposed to be satisfied before any criminal fine imposed may be collected, and would further provide that its provisions are cumulative. By creating a new crime or expanding an existing crime, the bill would create a state-mandated local program. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

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AB 1871

Author

Coto

Chapter

660

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

Teachers & Credentialing

Summary

Existing law authorizes the Commission on Teacher Credentialing to issue certificates of English language development and bilingual-cross-cultural competence to specified holders of credentials who will be serving limited-English-proficient pupils. This bill would instead authorize the commission to issue authorizations to those credentialholders. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

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AB 1889

Author

Berg

Chapter

661

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

Enrollment
Attendance
School District Management

Summary

Existing law authorizes the Pacific Unified School District, the Leggett Valley Unified School District, the Reeds Creek Elementary School District, the Death Valley Unified School District, the Borrego Springs Unified School District, the Julian Union Elementary School District, the Julian Union High School District, and the Warner Unified School District to operate one or more schools in each district on a 4-day school week, if the school district complies with specified requirements, including instructional time requirements. Schools in the Death Valley Unified School District and certain school districts in San Diego County that operate on a 4-day school week are required to achieve their Academic Performance Index (API) growth targets in order to maintain the authority to operate on a 4-day school week, as specified. Existing law requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to reduce the base revenue limit per unit of average daily attendance of a school district that operates one or more schools in its district on a 4-day school week and provides fewer than 180 days of instruction, as specified. This bill would extend that authorization and those requirements, including that participating schools achieve their API growth targets in order to maintain the authorization, to the Potter Valley Community Unified School District, beginning in the 2009-10 fiscal year. The bill would also authorize the State Board of Education to waive 5-consecutive-day operating requirements for preschools, before and after school programs, independent study programs, child nutrition and food service programs, community day schools, regional occupational centers or programs, and continuation high schools operating on a 4-day week pursuant to the bill, provided that the district meets the minimum time requirement for each program. The bill would require the district to submit a report containing specified information to the State Department of Education, the Senate Committee on Education, and the Assembly Committee on Education on January 15, 2014, if the district operates one or more schools on a 4-day school week. The bill would repeal these provisions on January 1, 2015. This bill contains other related provisions.

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AB 1893

Author

Garrick

Chapter

30

Is Urgency?

Y

Subject

Class-Size Reduction

Summary

Existing law allows a school district that maintains kindergarten or grades 1 to 3, inclusive, to apply to the Superintendent of Public Instruction for an apportionment to implement a K-3 Class Size Reduction Program. The purpose of the program is to ensure that instruction is received in classrooms where there are not more than 20 pupils. The Controller is required to deduct an amount equal to the amount received by the school district for class size reduction from the district's next principal apportionment or apportionments of state funds if the district does not implement its class size reduction program for all grades and classes for which it received funding. School districts located in specified counties affected by the October 2003 fires may claim funding for the 2003-04 school year based on enrollment counts before the fires, as specified. This bill would allow school districts located in the County of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara, or Ventura to claim funding for a K-3 Class Size Reduction Program for the 2007-08 school year based upon enrollment counts before the October 2007 fires if specified criteria are met. School districts in these counties also would be allowed to claim funding for a class size reduction program if the class size exceeds 20 pupils, or the class is housed with another class, and specified criteria are met. These provisions would remain in effect until July 1, 2009, and would be repealed on January 1, 2010. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

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AB 1908

Author

Wolk

Chapter

634

Is Urgency?

Y

Subject

School Finance

Summary

Existing law establishes the public school system in this state, and, among other things, provides for the establishment of school districts throughout the state and for their provision of instruction at the public elementary and secondary schools they operate and maintain. Existing law establishes a public school funding system that includes, among other elements, the provision of funding to local educational agencies through state apportionments, the proceeds of property taxes collected at the local level, and other sources. Existing law authorizes school districts to sell surplus real and personal property, as specified. Existing law requires the proceeds obtained by a school district pursuant to the sale of its real property to be expended solely for capital outlay purposes. This bill would express findings and declarations relating to the financial condition of the Dixon Unified School District. The bill would authorize the Dixon Unified School District to sell its excess farmland previously used as the school farm, as specified, and would require the district to deposit the proceeds of the sale into the general fund of the school district to establish a specified reserve and to deposit the remaining amount into the capital outlay fund of the district. The bill would specify the conditions under which the proceeds from the sale authorized by the bill may be expended. The bill would provide that from July 1, 2008, to June 30, 2010, inclusive, the Dixon Unified School District would not be eligible to receive financial hardship assistance pursuant to a specified statute, and that the district would not be eligible to receive hardship funding from the State School Deferred Maintenance Fund under a specified statute until all remaining funds from the sale of the property authorized by the bill are exhausted for deferred maintenance or capital outlay purposes. These provisions would be repealed on January 1, 2021. This bill contains other related provisions.

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AB 1927

Author

Galgiani

Chapter

299

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

Career/Technical Ed.

Summary

Existing law, until July 1, 2008, establishes the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians. Existing law requires the board to prepare and maintain a list of accredited schools of vocational nursing and to make certain determinations regarding courses of instruction of accredited schools of vocational nursing. Existing law requires the board to deny or revoke accreditation for any school of vocational nursing that does not give student applicants credit in the field of nursing for previous education, and requires the board to prescribe the education for which credit is to be given, including the amount of credit to be given to a certified nurse assistant and to a nurse assistant who has provided direct nursing services in health facilities. Existing law requires schools accredited for the training of psychiatric technicians to meet certain requirements related to assessment, credit, and course availability. The bill would delete the requirements on schools accredited for the training of psychiatric technicians related to assessment, credit, and course availability, and would instead require the board to deny or revoke accreditation for any psychiatric technician school that does not give student applicants credit in the fields of nursing and psychiatric technician practice for previous education and the opportunity to obtain credit for other acquired knowledge, as specified. The bill would also require the board to prescribe the education for which credit is to be given and the amount of credit that is to be given for each type of education for a psychiatric technician assistant and an applicant for licensure as a vocational nurse or psychiatric technician who has successfully completed specified courses that are assessed for equivalency by a vocational nursing school or psychiatric technician school.

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AB 1948

Author

Evans

Chapter

636

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

School Finance

Summary

Existing law requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Director of Finance to jointly establish a plan for repayment of school funds that a local educational agency received on the basis of average daily attendance that did not comply with statutory or regulatory requirements that were conditions of apportionments, as determined by an audit or a review. Existing law also requires the Superintendent and the Director of Finance to jointly establish a plan for repayment of a penalty arising from an audit exception. This bill would, notwithstanding the appeal timelines in this provision, authorize the panel to accept, at its discretion, an appeal filed one business day late by the Vallejo City Unified School District related to specified findings from that district's 2003-04 local educational agency annual audit. This bill contains other existing laws.

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AB 1963

Author

Carter

Chapter

219

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

STRS/PERS

Summary

Existing law prohibits a person from receiving credit for the same service in two retirement systems supported wholly or in part by public funds, with specified exceptions. Existing law excepts from this prohibition concurrent participation and credit for service in the defined benefit plan provided by the Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS) and a supplemental defined benefit plan offered by an employer, provided that supplemental defined benefit plan meets specified federal tax requirements and certain conditions exist. The County Employees Retirement Law of 1937 permits a participant in specified deferred compensation plans to participate also in a retirement system established pursuant to its provisions. This bill would specify that a participant in a retirement system established under the County Employees Retirement Law of 1937 is permitted to concurrently participate in individual account retirement plans and is permitted to concurrently participate in, and to receive credit for service in, a supplemental defined benefit program maintained by his or her employer, provided that the supplemental program meets specified requirements.

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AB 1976

Author

Benoit

Chapter

89

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

CDE Admin/Governance

Summary

Under existing law, any person who knowingly allows the use of, or who uses, the 911 telephone system for any reason other than because of an emergency is guilty of an infraction. The penalty for a first or 2nd violation of that provision is a written warning, as specified. The penalty for a 3rd, 4th, or 5th violation, depending upon the violator's ability to pay, is $50, $100, and $200, respectively. This bill would make a written warning the penalty for a first violation only and would make the penalties for a 2nd and each subsequent violation monetary fines, as specified.

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AB 1980

Author

Swanson

Chapter

145

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

Higher Education

Summary

Existing law establishes the California Community Colleges, under the administration of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, as one of the segments of public postsecondary education in this state. Existing law establishes community college districts throughout the state, and authorizes them to maintain campuses at which instruction is provided to students. Existing law authorizes the governing boards of the Los Rios and Rio Hondo community college districts to require that a transportation service fee be paid only by students and employees using the services, as specified. Existing law provides that these governing boards may adopt rules and regulations to exempt low-income students from this fee, or to require low-income students to pay all or part of this fee. Existing law prohibits the governing boards of the Los Rios and Rio Hondo community college districts from entering into, or extending, a contract for transportation services, funded by the proceeds of a transportation fee and provided by a common carrier or a municipally owned transit system, unless specified conditions are met. This bill would make the Peralta Community College District as a community college district subject to these provisions. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

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AB 1981

Author

Huff

Chapter

663

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

School Facilities

Summary

Existing law authorizes a school district to enter into a joint-use agreement with another governmental entity that includes some or all of the territory of the district, for specified purposes. This bill would authorize the Chino Valley Unified School District to transfer specified surplus property owned by the school district to the City of Chino Hills, in the County of San Bernardino, upon payment to the district by the city and the execution of an agreement between the school district and the city for development of the property into a park. This bill would require the district to remit a specified sum to the State Allocation Board. This bill further would require the property to revert to the state if the use of the property changes to a use that is not consistent with parks and recreation purposes, unless specified conditions are met. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

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AB 1998

Author

Silva

Chapter

192

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

General Government

Summary

Existing law provides for the existence, in each county, of a local agency formation commission (LAFCO), an administrative body vested with the authority and responsibility to control the process of municipal expansion by overseeing local agency boundary changes, including the incorporation, annexation, and reorganization of cities and special districts. The LAFCO for each county reviews and approves or disapproves proposed local government changes of organization; and, under specified circumstances, the determinations of the LAFCO are subject to voter approval through the circulation of a signature petition and a subsequent ballot measure. This bill would impose on a committee formed to support or oppose a LAFCO proposal, as defined, requirements regarding the filing of campaign statements. The bill would require the committee to file monthly campaign statements from the time circulation of a petition begins until a measure is placed on the ballot or the committee is terminated. After a LAFCO proposal measure is placed on the ballot, the bill would require a committee formed to support or oppose the proposal to file those campaign statements required of other committees formed to support or oppose ballot measures under the Political Reform Act of 1974. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

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AB 2023

Author

Houston

Chapter

370

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

STRS/PERS

Summary

The Public Employees' Retirement System provides for the granting of disability benefits to members in state service. Existing law generally provides that if a medical examination and other available information show to the satisfaction of the Board of Administration of the Public Employees' Retirement System that a member in state service is incapacitated physically or mentally for the performance of his or her duties and is eligible to retire for disability, the board shall immediately retire him or her for disability. The State Teachers' Retirement System permits the board of administration of the system to authorize payment of a disability allowance or disability retirement allowance, requires a member to provide medical documentation to substantiate the claim qualifying the member for the disability allowance or disability retirement allowance, and permits the board to order a medical examination in this regard, as specified. The County Employees Retirement Law of 1937 permits a member permanently incapacitated for duty to retire for disability only if specified criteria are met. Existing law permits the legislative body of a local agency to establish a pension trust, as specified, for the benefit of its officers and employees and permits that legislative body to establish reciprocal retirement benefits with other specified retirement systems. This bill would restrict the board or body administering a retirement system or a pension trust, as described above, with respect to the medical opinion or documentation used to determine whether a member is eligible to retire for disability, as specified, and would prohibit the use of disability retirement as a substitute for the disciplinary process.

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AB 2033

Author

Nunez

Chapter

273

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

Charter Schools

Summary

Existing law establishes as part of the Leroy F. Greene School Facilities Act of 1998 the Charter Schools Facilities Program to provide funding to qualifying entities for the purpose of establishing school facilities for charter school pupils. The School Finance Authority, in consultation with the State Allocation Board, is required to adopt regulations establishing uniform terms and conditions that apply equally to the funding of charter school projects. The regulations are required to provide for the payment schedule for lease payments in lieu of the local matching funds and requires those payments to include interest at the rate paid on moneys in the Pooled Money Investment Account, as specified. This bill would revise the manner in which the interest rate is determined and would prohibit the authority from setting the interest rate at lower than 2 percent.

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AB 2040

Author

Nunez

Chapter

666

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

Assessment & Standards

Summary

Existing law requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction, with the approval of the State Board of Education, to develop a high school exit examination in English language arts and mathematics in accordance with state academic content standards. Each pupil completing grade 12 is required to successfully pass the high school exit examination as a condition of receiving a diploma of graduation or graduation from high school. The bill would require the Superintendent to recommend, and the state board to select, members of a panel composed as specified, to make recommendations regarding alternative means for eligible pupils with disabilities to demonstrate that they have achieved the same level of academic achievement in the content standards in English language arts or mathematics, or both, required for passage of the high school exit examination, and would require the state board by October 1, 2010, to adopt regulations, taking into consideration the recommendations of the panel, for alternative means for pupils with disabilities to demonstrate that they have achieved the same level of academic achievement required for passage of the high school exit examination, as specified. Commencing January 1, 2011, an eligible pupil with a disability, as defined, would be authorized to participate in the alternative means of demonstrating the level of academic achievement in the content standards required for passage of the high school exit examination and would be deemed to have satisfied the requirement to successfully pass the parts of the high school exit examination that he or she has not otherwise passed if the school district is notified that the pupil has successfully made this demonstration. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

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AB 2049

Author

Saldana

Chapter

589

Is Urgency?

Y

Subject

Attendance

Summary

Existing law authorizes a school district of choice, as defined, to give priority for attendance to children of military personnel, if the school district elected to accept transfer pupils by a resolution adopted by the governing board of the school district prior to April 1, 2005. This bill would require the Superintendent of Public Instruction to convene and support a task force, with specified membership, to review and make recommendations regarding the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children. The bill would require the task force to review the compact and issue a final report regarding the compact that includes specified content. The bill would require the task force to present its final report of findings and conclusions to the appropriate committees of the Legislature by January 1, 2009. The bill would provide that these provisions become inoperative on June 30, 2009. This bill contains other related provisions.

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AB 2057

Author

Committee on Education

Chapter

223

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

Omnibus

Summary

Existing law provides for the lapsation of school districts under certain circumstances. After a hearing on the issues concerning the lapsation of a school district is held, the county committee on school district organization or the county board of education, as appropriate, is required to order the territory of the lapsed school district to be annexed to one or more adjoining school districts. The order annexing the territory is effective for all purposes on the date of the order. This bill would correct a reference to the county entity that is required to order the annexation. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

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AB 2070

Author

Bass

Chapter

482

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

Foster Youth

Summary

Existing law requires the juvenile court to order the social worker to provide child welfare services for a child, as specified. Existing law permits the court to extend those child welfare services, as specified. Existing law also requires that when the court orders counseling or other treatment services, it must also order the parent or guardian to participate in those services, unless the parent's or guardian's participation is deemed by the court to be inappropriate or potentially detrimental to the child. This bill would provide additional circumstances in which court-ordered services may be extended. This bill would also require the court, in determining whether court-ordered services may be extended, to consider the special circumstances of an incarcerated or institutionalized parent or parents, or parent or parents court-ordered to a residential substance abuse treatment program, as specified. This bill would also exempt an incarcerated parent or guardian from participating in those counseling or other treatment services if he or she is incarcerated in a corrections facility that does not provide access to the services ordered by the court. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

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AB 2096

Author

Bass

Chapter

483

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

Foster Youth

Summary

Existing law provides that every child adjudged a dependent child of the juvenile court shall be entitled to participate in age-appropriate extracurricular, enrichment, and social activities. Existing law requires caregivers, as defined, to use a reasonable and prudent parent standard, as defined, in determining whether to give permission for a child residing in foster care to participate in extracurricular, enrichment, and social activities. This bill would, with respect to dependent children, require a group home administrator and a facility manager, or his or her responsible designee, to apply the reasonable and prudent parent standard, as defined, in determining whether to give permission for a child residing in foster care to participate in extracurricular, enrichment, and social activities, and would also require that reasonable steps be taken in determining the appropriateness of the activity. The bill would encourage a group home administrator or a facility manager, or his or her responsible designee, to consult with social work or treatment staff members who are most familiar with the child at the group home in applying and using the reasonable and prudent parent standard. This bill contains other existing laws.

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AB 2158

Author

Soto

Chapter

668

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

STRS/PERS

Summary

Existing law provides various health benefits for state employees and annuitants. Existing law holds the state liable for payment of workers' compensation, including medical treatment, for injuries incurred by state employees that arise out of or in the course of employment. This bill would provide, on and after July 1, 2009, that if a correctional officer who was injured as a result of an incident at a state prison and who retired from state employment and sustained an injury as the result of a work-related event that arose out of and in the course of his or her official duties as a correctional officer at a state prison, before January 1, 1984, and that meets a specified definition of a bloodborne infectious disease, and a dependent, as defined, or former dependent, as defined, of that person contracts the bloodborne disease, which was diagnosed on or after January 1, 1990, from that person, the dependent or former dependent may receive health care benefits sufficient to cover all medically necessary health care costs associated with the disease, for the duration of the disease. The bill would require the state to contribute the cost of providing that benefit coverage from the General Fund, upon appropriation by the Legislature. The bill would also provide that a person who elects to receive these benefits would be prohibited from bringing a civil action against the state for damages related to contracting the disease. The bill would also specify that a dependent or former dependent who does not elect to receive these benefits may pursue all civil remedies allowed by law and is not subject to a defense that the claim is barred by these provisions. The bill would require the Board of Directors of the State Compensation Insurance Fund to administer this benefit.

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AB 2191

Author

Mullin

Chapter

230

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

STRS/PERS

Summary

Existing law prohibits state and local agencies from negotiating life and disability insurance or requiring the placing of that insurance through particular agents, brokers, or companies, except to the extent that the state has a direct financial interest in the subject of the insurance, as specified. Existing law excepts from these provisions a tax-sheltered annuity under an annuity plan that meets the requirements of Section 403(b) of the Internal Revenue Code to be placed or purchased for an employee, as specified. Existing law permits the Controller to purchase annuity contracts for permanent employees of specified state entities, and requires the Controller to install and operate a uniform state payroll system, as specified. Existing law requires an annuity contract and custodial account as described in Section 403(b) of the Internal Revenue Code to be offered to all employees of any state agency who are members of the State Teachers' Retirement Plan. The Teachers' Retirement Law provides a registration process for information relating to tax-deferred retirement investment products. This bill would revise the authority of the Controller to purchase annuity contracts for employees of state entities, as described above, to specify that this authority may be exercised on behalf of any state employer under the uniform state payroll system, excluding the California State University System, that employs persons eligible to participate in an annuity contract and custodial account as described in Section 403(b) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. The bill would require the Teachers' Retirement Board of the State Teachers' Retirement System to offer an annuity contract and custodial account as described in Section 403(b) of the Internal Revenue Code to eligible state employees of a state employer under the uniform state payroll system, excluding the California State University System, as described above. The bill would make the registration process for information relating to tax-deferred retirement investment products applicable to eligible state employees of these employers. The bill would make various conforming changes.

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AB 2197

Author

Mullin

Chapter

128

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

School Facilities

Summary

Existing law requires a school district to notify the county superintendent of schools and the county auditor when the governing board of the school district approves proceeding with the issuance of certificates of participation or revenue bonds or entering into specified agreements for financing school construction pursuant to the California School Finance Authority Act. The superintendent of the school district is required to provide specified information to the county auditor, the county superintendent of schools, the governing board, and the public regarding that debt. This bill would require these notices to be made no later than 30 days before the approval of the debt in the case of certificates of participation and would impose this notice requirement on other debt instruments that are secured by real property and do not require the approval of the voters of the school district. The county superintendent of schools and the county auditor would be authorized to comment publicly to the governing board of the school district regarding the capability of the school district to repay the debt obligation. By requiring the county superintendent of schools and county auditor to receive the notice and information, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

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AB 2202

Author

Caballero

Chapter

261

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

STRS/PERS

Summary

The Public Employees' Retirement Law provides that public employees become members of the Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS) upon entry into employment, with specified exceptions. Existing law excludes from membership in PERS part-time employees unless certain requirements are met. Existing law requires state agencies, school employers, and contracting agencies of PERS to provide specified information to the Board of Administration of PERS regarding employees who are members of the system. This bill would require every state agency, school employer, or contracting agency of PERS to provide information to the board, upon request, regarding its employees who are not enrolled as members of PERS. The bill would require that this information be treated as confidential, as specified. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

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AB 2226

Author

Ruskin

Chapter

233

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

Teachers & Credentialing

Summary

Existing law establishes in state government the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, and authorizes the commission to issue teaching and services credentials, including a special education credential. Existing law authorizes the commission to approve any institution of higher education to recommend the issuance of credentials to persons who have successfully completed a teacher education program. This bill would require the commission to convene a workgroup for the purpose of providing guidance to programs in determining the comparability of coursework or field experience completed in other commission-accredited programs to special education programs. The bill would require the commission to report the findings of the workgroup to the Legislature, the Governor, and the Secretary for Education on or before December 1, 2009.

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AB 2246

Author

Villines

Chapter

762

Is Urgency?

Y

Subject

Charter Schools

Summary

Existing law requires the county superintendent of schools to determine a revenue limit for each school district in the county pursuant to a specified formula based on the base revenue limit of the school district for the prior year, adjusted for inflation, and the average daily attendance for the entire school district, as specified. Existing law provides that the minimum schoolday for a high school, with specified exceptions, is 240 minutes. This bill, commencing in the 2008-09 fiscal year, would require the Superintendent of Public Instruction to compute an amount of funding for each pupil concurrently enrolled in regular secondary school classes and classes operating pursuant to a joint powers agreement that became effective prior to January 1, 2008, for the period of time the pupil attends classes pursuant to the joint powers agreement, by performing specified calculations. The bill would provide that a 180-minute schoolday shall be computed and reported as attendance for 3/4 of the full 240-minute schoolday for purposes of those calculations. The bill would require that the number of hours of instruction at regional occupational centers or programs that are claimed for funding pursuant to this bill be used, in addition to specified hourly rates, in the computation of the average daily attendance of the regional occupational center or program. The bill would make these provisions inoperative on July 1, 2012, and repeal them on January 1, 2013. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

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AB 2250

Author

Runner, Sharon

Chapter

452

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

STRS/PERS

Summary

Existing law authorizes an officer or employee of the state to receive compensation from a nonprofit corporation formed exclusively to aid and assist a state museum for services rendered to the nonprofit corporation and for expenses of performing those services if the nonprofit corporation obtains prior written approval of the Department of Personnel Administration and files a specified statement with the Controller. Existing law prohibits Members of the Legislature, state, county, district, judicial district, and city officers or employees from being financially interested in any contract made by them in their official capacity, or by any body or board of which they are members. This bill would, in addition, authorize an officer or employee of the state to receive compensation from a nonprofit corporation formed exclusively to aid and assist a district agricultural association, as specified. The bill would require the nonprofit corporation to file the specified statement with the Controller and the Department of Personnel Administration, and would require any subsequent changes to the compensation for any officer or employee provided under this provision to be approved by the Department of Personnel Administration. This bill would require any nonprofit corporation that compensates an officer or employee of the state, as provided, to notify the Division of Fairs and Expositions of the Department of Food and Agriculture, and would require approval of that compensation by the division prior to payment. The bill would also require the Department of Food and Agriculture, during regular audits, to review the payments from the nonprofit corporation to any state employees and those state employees' responsibilities to the nonprofit corporation, as specified. The bill would also prohibit a state officer or employee of an association from being compensated by the nonprofit corporation when that state officer or employee acts in an official capacity with regard to any contract made with the nonprofit corporation.

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AB 2260

Author

Committee on Higher Education

Chapter

235

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

Higher Education

Summary

Existing law, known as the Ortiz-Pacheco-Poochigian-Vasconcellos Cal Grant Program, establishes, among other programs, the Cal Grant A Entitlement Program, the Cal Grant B Entitlement Program, the California Community College Transfer Cal Grant Entitlement Program, and the Competitive Cal Grant A and B Awards under the administration of the Student Aid Commission, and establishes eligibility requirements for awards under these programs. This bill would revise the minimum requirements for the competitive Cal Grant B award to additionally authorize a student, in lieu of meeting the grade point average requirements, to demonstrate attainment of a community college or college grade point average of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

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AB 2261

Author

Ruskin

Chapter

671

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

Higher Education

Summary

Existing law establishes the California Community Colleges, under the administration of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, as one of the segments of public postsecondary education in this state. Existing law establishes community college districts throughout the state, and authorizes these districts to provide instruction to students at community college campuses. This bill would express findings and declarations of the Legislature relating to open education resources, as defined. The bill would authorize the board of governors to establish a pilot program to provide faculty and staff from community college districts around the state with the information, methods, and instructional materials to establish open education resources centers. The bill would define open education resources for its purposes. The bill would specify that a lead community college district be selected from community college district applicants based upon a demonstration of its ability to accomplish specified objectives. The bill would require participating districts to report program information to the Chancellor's office of the California Community Colleges, who would be required to report the findings to the Governor and the Legislature on or before January 1, 2012. The bill would specify that no additional state appropriation may be requested or provided for purposes of this act. This bill contains other related provisions.

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AB 2300

Author

Laird

Chapter

673

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

Child Nutrition

Summary

Existing law provides for the Medi-Cal program, which is administered by the State Department of Health Care Services, under which eligible low-income individuals receive basic health care services. This bill would delete provisions regarding the inclusion of Medi-Cal benefits within the criteria for direct certification specified in federal law. The bill would permit the State Department of Education, in consultation with the State Department of Health Care Services, to the extent permitted under federal law, and upon the receipt of federal funds for this purpose, to directly certify children into the school meal program. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

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AB 2302

Author

Bass

Chapter

41

Is Urgency?

Y

Subject

Teachers & Credentialing

Summary

Existing law requires the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, by December 1, 2007, to report to the Legislature and the Governor on the current existing process and requirements for obtaining a specialist credential in special education and recommend modifications to enhance and expedite those procedures. This bill would authorize a local educational agency or school to assign a teacher who holds a level 1 education specialist credential, or a previously issued credential, that authorizes him or her to provide instruction to individuals with mild and moderate disabilities to provide instruction to pupils with autism, as defined, if the teacher consents to the assignment and satisfies certain criteria, as determined by the local educational agency or school. Local educational agencies and schools that assign teachers to provide instruction to pupils with autism pursuant to the bill would be required to report teacher assignments made pursuant to that authority as part of their annual assignment monitoring pursuant to a specified statutory provision. These provisions would become inoperative 2 years after the commission adopts regulations to implement the recommended modifications regarding specialist credentials, or on August 31, 2011, whichever occurs first, and would be repealed on January 1, 2012. This bill contains other related provisions.

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AB 2390

Author

Karnette

Chapter

494

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

STRS/PERS

Summary

Existing law permits a member of the Defined Benefit Program of the State Teachers' Retirement System to elect to purchase service credit for service as an employee of an educational institution located outside of the United States and its territories that receives a portion of its funding from any foreign or domestic public sources, as specified, among others. Existing law provides that contributions for the purchase of service credit are deposited in the State Teachers' Retirement Fund, a continuously appropriated fund. This bill would expand the scope of that benefit to apply to members who retired for service between June 1, 2007, and December 31, 2007. By providing for increased contributions to a continuously appropriated fund, this bill would make an appropriation. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

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AB 2391

Author

Solorio

Chapter

239

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

Teachers & Credentialing

Summary

Existing law establishes the Mathematics and Reading Professional Development Program, which is administered by the Superintendent of Public Instruction with the approval of the State Board of Education. Under this program, a local educational agency, as defined, receives incentive funding to provide training in mathematics and reading to teachers and to provide training to instructional aides and paraprofessionals, as defined, who directly assist with classroom instruction in mathematics and reading. A local educational agency is required to certify that 40 hours of specified professional development and 80 hours of followup instruction, coaching, or additional schoolsite assistance, as specified, was provided to specified teachers. This bill would allow a teacher to fulfill the requirement to receive 80 hours of followup training with up to 40 hours of instruction in areas that include data analysis, alignment of assessment and instruction, implication of data analysis and its effect on increasing pupil achievement, impact on pupil success through diagnostic teaching, differentiating instruction through pacing and complexity, grouping as an aid to instruction, and statewide and local data management systems. If a local educational agency chooses to offer that option, the local educational agency would be required to contract with a training provider that is approved by the state board and whose training curriculum is based on those areas and meets the criteria established by the state board. The Superintendent would be authorized to appoint an advisory committee to ensure the quality and effectiveness of this training.

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AB 2423

Author

Bass

Chapter

675

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

Career/Technical Ed.

Summary

Existing law provides for the licensure, registration, and regulation of various professions and vocations by boards and bureaus, including, but not limited to, the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians of the State of California, the Veterinary Medical Board, the State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology, the Structural Pest Control Board, the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services, and the Bureau of Automotive Repair, within the Department of Consumer Affairs. This bill would authorize the Veterinary Medical Board, with respect to registered veterinary technicians, the Structural Pest Control Board, and the Director of Consumer Affairs, with respect to licensed private investigators and registered automotive repair dealers, to issue or grant a probationary license or registration to an applicant subject to specified terms and conditions. The bill would require these boards, the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians of the State of California, the State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology, and the director, when considering the issuance or granting of a probationary license or registration, to request that an applicant with a dismissed conviction provide proof of that dismissal and would require that special consideration be given to applicants whose convictions have been dismissed, as specified. The bill would require the boards and the director to develop standard terms of probation, as specified. The bill would also authorize these boards and the director to revoke, suspend, or deny a license or registration at any time on any of the grounds for disciplinary action and, upon the denial of a license or registration, would require these boards and the director to provide a specified statement of reasons for a denial and, if applicable on or after July 1, 2009, a copy of the applicant's criminal history record if the applicant makes a specified written request for it. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

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AB 2474

Author

Galgiani

Chapter

496

Is Urgency?

Y

Subject

Child Health

Summary

Existing law provides for the Medi-Cal program, which is administered by the State Department of Health Care Services, under which qualified low-income individuals receive health care benefits. This bill would until January 1, 2010, revise these provisions to, instead, require provider rates of payment for services under these programs to be identical to the rates of payment for the same service performed by the same provider type pursuant to the Medi-Cal program, except with regard to hospital interim rates of payment, which the bill would require to be 90 percent of Medi-Cal hospital inpatient rates of payment, as provided. The bill would make a legislative finding and declaration with respect to the Legislature's intent in enacting the above provisions of existing law relating to reimbursement under the Medi-Cal program for the California Children' s Services Program and the Genetically Handicapped Person's Program. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

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AB 2555

Author

Torrico

Chapter

245

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

Special Education

Summary

Existing law requires that the parent or guardian of a pupil be given, in writing, a proposed assessment plan within 15 days of the referral of the pupil for an assessment for the development or revision of an individualized education program, unless the parent or guardian agrees, in writing, to an extension. Existing law requires that a copy of the notice of a parent's or guardian's rights be attached to the assessment plan. Existing law establishes state special schools, including the California School for the Deaf and the California School for the Blind, as part of the public school system of the state. This bill would require that the copy of the notice of parent rights include information regarding the state special schools for pupils who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, visually impaired, or deaf-blind. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

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AB 2607

Author

Davis

Chapter

498

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

General Government

Summary

Existing law requires that candidates for and current holders of specified elected or appointed state and local offices and designated employees of state and local agencies file statements of economic interests disclosing their financial interests, including investments, real property interests, and income. This bill would authorize the Counties of Los Angeles, Merced, Orange, and Stanislaus to participate in a pilot program to permit the electronic filing of statements of economic interests. This bill would authorize the pilot program from January 1, 2009, to January 1, 2012, and would require a county participating in the pilot program to submit a report to the Fair Political Practices Commission containing specified information regarding the electronic filing process no later than July 1, 2011. The Fair Political Practices Commission would transmit these reports to the Legislative Analyst's Office, which would be required to provide a report evaluating the program to the Legislature no later than March 1, 2012. This bill would prohibit certain elected officials from participating in the pilot program, as prescribed. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

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AB 2618

Author

Solorio

Chapter

553

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

At-Risk Students

Summary

Existing law requires the Department of Justice to maintain an index of all reports of child abuse and severe neglect submitted by agencies mandated to make those reports. Existing law requires the Department of Justice to make relevant information contained in the index available to specified law enforcement agencies, county welfare departments, and other specified agencies that are conducting a child abuse investigation or an employee or volunteer background investigation. This bill would require the Department of Justice to make available to a county child welfare agency or delegated county adoption agency that is conducting a background investigation of an applicant seeking employment or volunteer status with the agency who, in the course of his or her employment or volunteer work, will have direct contact with children who are alleged to have been, are at risk of, or have suffered, abuse or neglect, information regarding a known or suspected child abuser maintained in the index concerning the applicant. This bill contains other related provisions.

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AB 2648

Author

Bass

Chapter

681

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

Career/Technical Ed.

Summary

Existing law encourages school districts to provide all pupils with a rigorous academic curriculum that integrates academic and career skills, incorporates applied learning in all disciplines, and prepares all pupils for high school graduation and career entry. Existing law provides for the establishment of various programs for career technical education in the public schools, including, but not limited to, regional occupational centers and programs for the purpose of, among other things, providing pupils with an opportunity to acquire entry-level career technical skills. This bill would require the Superintendent of Public Instruction to develop, in conjunction with the Office of the Secretary for Education, the community colleges, the University of California, the California State University, the Legislature, the Employment Development Department, teachers, chamber organizations, industry representatives, research centers, parents, school administrators, representatives of regional occupational centers and programs, community-based organizations, labor organizations, and others as deemed appropriate by the Superintendent, a report that explores the feasibility of expanding and establishing career multiple pathway programs, as defined, in California. The bill would require that the report include specified components, including, but not limited to, methods for developing and sharing models of integrated curriculum and instruction, strategies for increasing the course options and instructional time for pupils in high school, and recommendations for supporting regional coalitions in planning and developing the programs. The bill would authorize the Superintendent to use existing state resources and federal funds to complete the report. If state or federal funds are not available or sufficient, the bill would authorize the Superintendent to apply for and accept grants and receive donations, and other financial support from public or private sources. The bill would require the Superintendent to report to the Legislature as to the status of completing the report, and any preliminary recommendations, by July 1, 2009. The Superintendent would be required to submit a final report with recommendations to the Legislature by December 1, 2009.

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AB 2651

Author

Aghazarian

Chapter

701

Is Urgency?

Y

Subject

Foster Youth

Summary

Existing law, the California Community Care Facilities Act, provides for the licensure and regulation of community care facilities, including foster family homes and foster family agencies, by the State Department of Social Services. This bill would, to the same extent required for federal funding, effective October 1, 2008, prohibit the director from granting an exemption where a foster care provider applicant or any of the other designated persons have been convicted of certain felonies at any time and other felonies in the previous 5 years. This bill would prohibit exemptions under these circumstances for foster care providers, as specified, in those homes where the individual has been convicted of murder or voluntary manslaughter. This bill, effective October 1, 2008, would similarly prohibit the department, or a licensed adoption agency or delegated county adoption agency from giving final approval for an adoptive placement in any home where the prospective adoptive parent or an adult living in the prospective home has been convicted of the felonies specified in the bill. This bill would make these prohibitions operative only to the extent that federal law requires the prohibition as a condition of federal funding. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

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AB 2720

Author

Levine

Chapter

148

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

School Facilities

Summary

The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requires a lead agency to prepare, or cause to be prepared by contract, and certify the completion of, an environmental impact report on a project that it proposes to carry out or approve that may have a significant effect on the environment, or to adopt a negative declaration if it finds that the project will not have that effect. This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes in these provisions and would revise a cross-reference. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

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AB 2758

Author

Krekorian

Chapter

198

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

General Government

Summary

Existing law requires an exact copy of the source code for all ballot tally software programs certified by the Secretary of State, including all changes or modifications and new or amended versions, to be placed in an approved escrow facility prior to its use. Existing law prohibits the use of a voting system for an election unless an exact copy of the ballot tally software program source codes is placed in escrow. The Secretary of State has reasonable access to the materials placed in escrow, under specified circumstances. The Secretary of State may seek injunctive relief requiring the elections officials, or any vendor or manufacturer of a voting machine, voting system, or vote tabulating device, to comply with these provisions and related regulations. This bill would require, no later than 10 business days after the Secretary of State approves the use of a new or updated voting system, that the vendor of the voting system cause an exact copy of the approved source code for each component of the voting system, including complete build and configuration instructions and related documents for compiling the source code into object code, to be directly transferred and deposited into an approved escrow facility. The Secretary of State is also required to adopt regulations regarding the definition of source code components of a voting system, and requirements for the vendor to include specified build and configuration instructions and documents in the material deposited in escrow.

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AB 2759

Author

Jones

Chapter

308

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

Child Care/Child Development

Summary

Existing law requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to administer state preschool programs, including part-day and preschool appropriate programs for low-income or otherwise disadvantaged prekindergarten age children. This bill would recast those provisions as the California state preschool program, which would include both part-day and full-day education programs for 3- and 4-year-old children. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

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AB 2786

Author

Salas

Chapter

252

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

General Government

Summary

Existing law permits a voter to return a vote by mail ballot either by mail to the elections official from whom it came or by personal delivery to the elections official or to a precinct board member at any polling place within the jurisdiction. This bill would extend these provisions to January 1, 2011. Because the bill requires elections officials to provide a higher level of service for 2 additional years and creates perjury crimes during those 2 years, it would impose a state-mandated local program. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

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AB 2804

Author

Hayashi

Chapter

542

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

School Facilities

Summary

Under existing law, the Public Utilities Commission has regulatory authority over public utilities, including electrical corporations. A decision of the commission adopted the California Solar Initiative. Existing law requires the commission to undertake certain steps in implementing the California Solar Initiative, including authorizing the award of monetary incentives for up to the first megawatt of alternating current generated by a solar energy system, as defined, with the incentive level declining each year following implementation at a rate of no less than an average of 7 percent per year. This bill would authorize a school district or community college district to request the extension of a reservation expiration date for monetary incentives for a solar energy system, up to a maximum of 3 extensions of 180 calendar days for each extension. The bill would require that the request be made in writing to the program administrators and contain specified information relating to the need for additional time. This bill contains other existing laws.

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AB 2838

Author

Duvall

Chapter

470

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

STRS/PERS

Summary

Existing law allows members of the Public Employees' Retirement System to purchase additional service credit, as specified. Existing law provides that time during which a member is absent from state service because of injury or illness arising out of, and in the course of, employment shall be considered as spent in state service for the purpose of qualification for retirement and death benefits, but not for calculation of retirement benefits, except as specified. This bill would authorize a member who returns to active service following an employer-approved uncompensated leave of absence because of his or her serious illness to purchase service credit for that period of absence, as specified. The bill would require a member purchasing this service credit to pay an amount equal to the increase in employer liability connected with the costing of the service credit, as specified. The bill would prohibit the purchase of additional service credit pursuant to these provisions from reducing the amount of service credit that the member is otherwise eligible to purchase, as specified. The bill would permit a member to purchase service credit for a leave of absence that occurred either before or after the date the bill became effective.

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AB 2855

Author

Hancock

Chapter

685

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

Career/Technical Ed.

Summary

Existing law provides for the establishment of partnership academies by participating school districts and establishes criteria qualifying pupils in grades 10, 11, and 12 for enrollment in the academies. Existing law establishes the parameters for the Superintendent of Public Instruction to issue a maximum of 155 grants per year to school districts maintaining high schools that meet the partnership academy eligibility requirements. This bill would establish 2 new categories of partnership academies, the Green Technology Partnership Academies and the Goods Movement Partnership Academies. Commencing with the 2009-10 school year, when funds become available for additional partnership academies, as specified, the Superintendent would be required to issue grants for the establishment of partnership academies in each of the 9 economic regions established by the state, and would be required to give priority to partnership academies dedicated to educating young people in the emerging environmentally sound technologies. The Superintendent would also be required to issue grants for the establishment of partnership academies and give priority to the establishment of partnership academies dedicated to educating young people in goods movement occupational areas until at least one academy is established in each of the 4 transportation corridors established by the state. The selection of school districts to establish the new partnership academies and the planning and development of the new partnership academies would be required to be conducted pursuant to the procedures and requirements established for all partnership academies under existing law. The bill would provide that the funding priorities it creates may be satisfied when the specified number of green technology and goods movement partnership academies are funded, as specified. This bill contains other related provisions.

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AB 2904

Author

Hayashi

Chapter

255

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

Child Health

Summary

Existing law requires counties to establish and maintain specialized entities within the county welfare department to provide child welfare services. This bill would allow a county board of supervisors to receive and review certain information relating to the death of a child who had previously come to the attention of, or was under the supervision of, the county child welfare agency, as specified.

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AB 2932

Author

Karnette

Chapter

149

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

Instructional Materials

Summary

Existing law requires the State Board of Education to adopt basic instructional materials for use in kindergarten and grades 1 to 8, inclusive, for governing boards of school districts. The state board is required to adopt at least 5 basic instructional materials for all applicable grade levels in language arts, mathematics, science, social science, bilingual or bicultural subjects, and other subjects, disciplines, or interdisciplinary areas for which the state board determines instructional materials are necessary or desirable. This bill would require instructional materials for foreign languages to be submitted to the state board for adoption in 2012, and instructional materials for health to be submitted to the state board for adoption in 2013. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

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AB 3015

Author

Brownley

Chapter

557

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

Foster Youth

Summary

Existing law requires the State Department of Social Services to license community care facilities, including facilities that provide foster care services for children. A violation of community care facility provisions is a misdemeanor. Existing law regulates foster family homes and provides for their licensure by certified foster family agencies, the county, or the State Department of Social Services. The bill would require the training for administrators, licensed foster parents, and relative caretakers to also include basic instruction of the existing laws and procedures regarding the safety of foster youth at school and the ensuring of a harassment and violence free school environment contained in separate provisions of existing law known as the California Student Safety and Violence Prevention Act of 2000. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

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AB 3026

Author

Saldana

Chapter

200

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

General Government

Summary

Existing law authorizes an elections official to establish one or more multiple centers to count ballots from designated precincts and to transmit the results via telephone, facsimile, or modem. Existing law requires the list of designated precincts for each multiple counting center to be available for public inspection no later than 15 days before the election. This bill would instead authorize an elections official to establish one or more centers to count ballots from designated precincts and to transmit the results via voice telephone connection or facsimile transmission. The bill would also delete references to multiple counting centers in this provision. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

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AB 3042

Author

Committee on Public Employees, Retirement and Soci

Chapter

150

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

STRS/PERS

Summary

Existing law, with regard to the civil service, generally provides that whenever a notice, paper, or other document, except a subpoena, is directed to be given to or served upon any person or state agency, the notice, paper, or document may be personally served or served by mail to the last known residence or business address of the addressee. Existing law requires that giving of notice of matters to be heard or considered by the State Personnel Board or the Department of Personnel Administration be governed by board or department rule. Existing law provides a specified process for service by mail of the charges in a disciplinary proceeding, the notice of an employee's suspension, and the notice of a probationer's rejection. This bill would revise and recast these provisions. The bill would require the appointing power to provide service of notice of certain actions, including a disciplinary action, a rejection during probation, a medical action, and various termination actions, by personal service or by mail or express service carrier, pursuant to a specified process. The bill, in permitting service by Express Mail, as specified, and by overnight delivery by express service carrier, would provide that any period of notice or any right or duty to do any act or make any response is extended as specified. The bill would also require service of an appeal or complaint filed with the board to follow this process. The bill would require a signed affidavit, in a specified form, of the person making service as proof of service for all papers, excluding appeals and complaints. The bill would require additional information on the affidavit if service is made by mail or express service carrier. The bill would delete provisions regarding matters to be heard or considered by the State Personnel Board or the Department of Personnel Administration, described above. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

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AB 3043

Author

Committee on Public Employees, Retirement and Soci

Chapter

43

Is Urgency?

Y

Subject

STRS/PERS

Summary

Existing law requires the Department of Personnel Administration to provide to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee any side letter, appendix, or other addendum to a properly ratified memorandum of understanding that requires the expenditure of $250,000 or more related to salary and benefits and that is not already contained in the original memorandum of understanding or the Budget Act. Existing law requires the Joint Legislative Budget Committee, within 30 days after receiving the side letter, appendix, or other addendum, to determine if the addendum presents substantial additions that are not reasonably within the parameters of the original memorandum of understanding and thereby requires legislative action to ratify the addendum. This bill would approve addenda to memoranda of understanding entered into by the state employer and State Bargaining Units 2, 4, 16, 17, 19, and 20 that require the expenditure of funds. The bill would provide that those provisions shall not take effect unless the funds are specifically appropriated by the Legislature or already exist within available appropriations, and would allow the reopening of negotiations if the Legislature does not approve or fully fund any addendum. This bill contains other related provisions.

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AB 3070

Author

Committee on Elections and Redistricting

Chapter

108

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

General Government

Summary

Existing law requires that a special primary election be held in the district in which the vacancy occurred on the 8th Tuesday or, if the 8th Tuesday is the day of or the day following a state holiday, the 9th Tuesday preceding the day of the special general election at which the vacancy is to be filled. This bill would also require that a special primary election be held in the district in which the vacancy occurred on the 9th Tuesday preceding the day of the special general election at which the vacancy is to be filled if specified conditions apply.

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ACR 21

Author

Portantino

Chapter

124

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

Higher Education

Summary

Existing law establishes the University of California, under the administration of the Regents of the University of California, as one of the segments of public postsecondary education in this state. The regents operate campuses of the University of California at Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Merced, Riverside, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, and Santa Cruz. This measure would strongly urge the regents to establish a cost-neutral student exchange program, or another form of cost-neutral academic partnership, between one or more campuses of the University of California and one or more of the institutions that are classified as Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

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ACR 65

Author

Arambula

Chapter

134

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

Child Health

Summary

This measure would proclaim October 23 through October 31, 2008, as Red Ribbon Week, and would encourage all Californians to help build drug-free communities and participate in drug prevention activities.

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ACR 69

Author

Dymally

Chapter

77

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

Higher Education

Summary

This measure would request that the Task Force on the Future of Compton Community College be established. The measure would request the Special Trustee of the Compton Community College District to convene, and serve as the permanent chairperson of, the task force, and would specify the persons who would be invited to participate in the meetings of the task force. The measure would authorize the special trustee to organize the task force into various groups to review specified topics. The measure would request the task force to prepare a report discussing specified topics, and to transmit copies of that report, with any accompanying comments it deems appropriate, to the Governor, the Speaker of the Assembly, and the Senate Committee on Rules.

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ACR 99

Author

Swanson

Chapter

93

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

Child Health

Summary

This measure would urge school districts to take the necessary steps to increase school nurse salaries.

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ACR 108

Author

Eng

Chapter

73

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

Desegregation

Summary

This measure would designate June 2008 as Hate Crimes Awareness Month.

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ACR 114

Author

Fuller

Chapter

155

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

Transportation

Summary

This measure would request the Superintendent of Public Instruction to convene a committee to investigate cost savings and best practices for school districts operating home-to-school transportation programs, not including special education transportation. The measure also would request the Superintendent to invite specified representatives to become members of the committee and would request that the relevant findings or recommendations based on the committee's investigation be posted on the State Department of Education's Internet Web site.

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ACR 134

Author

DeSaulnier

Chapter

157

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

Summer/After School

Summary

This measure would establish the Legislative Task Force on Summer and Intersession Enrichment, consisting of specified members. The measure would require the task force to take various actions related to studying ways to provide summer enrichment and wellness programs to low-income children, as provided.

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ACR 138

Author

Horton

Chapter

159

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

Child Nutrition
Child Health

Summary

This measure would declare May 7 of each year as School Nurse Day in California and encourage all Californians to promote the good health of the state's students and recognize California's credentialed school nurses for their contributions to the health of the state's children.

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ACR 140

Author

Benoit

Chapter

89

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

Career/Technical Ed.

Summary

This measure would declare the month of June 2008 as College and Career Pathways Month to recognize the importance of career technical education for students, schools, and the State of California.

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ACR 143

Author

Garcia

Chapter

132

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

ELL

Summary

This measure would proclaim September 15 to October 15, 2008, inclusive, as California Hispanic Heritage Month and would encourage all Californians to observe this event in communities throughout the state.

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ACR 145

Author

Portantino

Chapter

125

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

Curriculum & Instructional Materials

Summary

This measure would designate the month of October as Italian American Heritage Month and encourage public schools to highlight Italian American achievements and contributions to the culture of California and to take steps to promote the inclusion of the achievements and contributions of Italian Americans to United States and California history and social science in elementary and secondary textbooks during the revision process for those textbooks.

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ACR 146

Author

Solorio

Chapter

160

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

Higher Education

Summary

This measure would encourage faculty and student exchange between California's and Mexico's institutions of higher education through the California-Mexico Project. This measure would request the California Research Bureau to research and report on the programmatic and funding elements of an effective international student and faculty exchange program and would request the University of California, the California State University, and the California Community Colleges system to consult with the bureau, and provide the bureau with data on international exchange programs involving students and faculty, funding of those programs, and other pertinent information.

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AJR 43

Author

Hayashi

Chapter

91

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

General Government

Summary

Existing law requires the county elections official to cancel the voter registration of any person whose mental incompetency is legally established by a court or a unanimous jury determination under specified circumstances and the court has found that the person is not capable of completing an affidavit of registration. This measure would call on the Congress and the President of the United States to amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to ensure that eligible citizens of the United States who wish to vote may only be denied the right to vote if they cannot indicate, with or without help, a specific desire to participate in the voting process.

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AJR 48

Author

Price

Chapter

101

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

Higher Education

Summary

This measure would memorialize Congress and the President of the United States to ensure that low-income students continue to have the opportunity to attend institutions of higher education, to work with states to establish new student financial aid programs and to support existing programs, and to ensure that financial aid programs, including private loan programs, contain reasonable terms and conditions and do not discriminate against low-income students.

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AJR 54

Author

Laird

Chapter

82

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

Child Health

Summary

This measure would urge the President and the Congress of the United States to rescind the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' directive of August 17, 2007, that restricts states' authority to cover children under the State Children's Health Insurance Program.

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AJR 58

Author

Horton

Chapter

84

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

Child Health

Summary

This measure would express the Legislature's opposition to one of the newly enacted federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regulations that would eliminate federal Medicaid reimbursements for school health-related services.

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AJR 64

Author

Mullin

Chapter

147

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

Curriculum & Instructional Materials

Summary

This measure would urge the 110th Congress to recognize the importance of curriculum and instruction covering all subjects, including history/social science, science, art, music, and physical education, when Congress considers reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. This measure also would urge school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools to focus on teaching the whole child in a wider curriculum and would urge the State Board of Education and the Superintendent of Public Instruction to consider and recommend alternatives for including all subjects in the state assessment and accountability system.

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AJR 69

Author

Brownley

Chapter

151

Is Urgency?

N

Subject

Child Nutrition

Summary

This bill would memorialize that the Legislature supports reauthorization of federal child nutrition programs, that the Legislature urges the President and the Congress of the United States to ensure reimbursement rates are adequate to fully fund the cost of producing a nutritious school meal relative to the cost of living in a region, and that the eligibility scale used to qualify families for free and reduced-priced meals be adjusted, as specified.

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