Legislative Updates

Overview

Legislative Updates

The CFT Legislative Department introduces and lobbies for passage of union-sponsored bills. Lobbyists analyze the hundreds of education and labor-related bills introduced in the state Legislature and the impact they will have on education, from early childhood to university. CFT lobbyists also monitor the state budget in collaboration with the CFT Research Department.

The CFT publishes Legislative Updates that track the progress of union-sponsored and priority bills, a comprehensive Legislative Report with positions on all bills of interest to the CFT, and an annual Legislative Scorecard.

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Key bills advance before Legislature takes summer recess
Legislative Update

Friday, July 12, was the last day for policy committees to meet and report bills out. This day also marked the beginning of the Legislature‚Äôs summer recess.

The Legislature will reconvene on August 12. Bills that passed out of policy committees in the second chamber will either go to their designated Appropriations Committee or to the Floor depending upon cost estimates. Bills that were not heard in their respective policy committees in the second chamber by the deadline will become two-year bills and will be heard next year.

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Sponsored bills move to next house or become two-year bills
Legislative Update

May 31 was the last day for bills to pass out of their house of origin. The bills that were not heard on the floor in their house of origin became two-year bills. Bills that did not achieve a majority vote on the floor of their respective chamber are dead unless the author was granted reconsideration. Policy committees resumed on June 3, 2019, to begin hearing bills from the other chamber.

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CFT succeeds in moving bills out of Appropriations Committee
Legislative Update

The Assembly and Senate Appropriations Committees both held their Suspense hearings May 16 to report which bills would make it out of Appropriations and go to the Floor in their respective chambers.

The CFT was successful in securing the passage of most sponsored and co-sponsored bills out of the Appropriations Committees. Those bills address priority issues for the CFT, including increasing school funding, ensuring accountability for charter schools, and providing support for community college and UC faculty.

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CFT lobbies for charter reform, paid maternity leave
Legislative Update

The CFT was successful in securing the passage of a number of our sponsored and co-sponsored bills out of their first policy committees. These bills address priority issues for the CFT, including increasing funding for schools, ensuring accountability for charter schools and providing support for community college and University of California faculty.