2019 Legislative Priorities


AB 130: Higher Education Performance and Accountability Commission

Author: Assemblymember Evan Low
Status: Vetoed by Governor Newsom
Campaign Position: Support

Would establish state-level leadership positioned to confront changes in reaching our state’s 60 percent attainment goal and eliminating racial equity gaps by establishing a central, state-level higher education coordinating body responsible for planning, oversight, and coordination that are necessary to meeting future workforce demands.


AB 542: Expanding Cal Grant A & B 

Author: Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel
Status: Died in Assembly Higher Education Committee
Campaign Position: Support

Would increase the number of Competitive Cal Grant A and B awards granted annually from 25,750 to 28,750 in order to meet growing gaps in unmet financial need as total costs of attendance increase.


AB 1344: Out-of-State For-Profit Online College Oversight 

Author: Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan
Status: Signed by Governor Newsom
Campaign Position: Support

Would expand existing regulations on private postsecondary institutions in California to cover California students attending online colleges based outside the state. AB 1344 would ensure that out of state for-profit online colleges meet all federal regulations for private postsecondary institutions and abide by their mission to prepare students for a profitable career path


AB 1466: Establishing a Statewide Longitudinal Data System

Author: Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin
Status: A Statewide Longitudinal Data System was Adopted in the 2019-20 State Budget
Campaign Position: Support

Would set California on a path towards establishing a statewide longitudinal data system to fully understand the opportunities, roadblocks, and outcomes of its students and to truly institute data-informed decision-making in order to address growing equity gaps in educational success and ensure the strength of our economy.


AB 1617: Mandatory Financial Aid Applications for High School Students

Author: Assemblymember Eloise Gomez Reyez
Status: Held in Assembly Education Committee, 2-Year Bill
Campaign Position: Support

Would require that all California high school students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act Application (CADAA) in order to graduate from high school, ensuring that all students have access to financial aid to pursue their college education.


SB 2: Statewide Longitudinal Student Database

Author: Senator Steve Glazer
Status: A Statewide Longitudinal Data System was Adopted in the 2019-20 State Budget
Campaign Position: Support

Would set California on a path towards establishing a statewide longitudinal data system to fully understand the opportunities, roadblocks, and outcomes of its students and to truly institute data-informed decision-making in order to address growing equity gaps in educational success and ensure the strength of our economy.


SB 3: Office of Higher Education Coordination, Accountability, and Performance

Author: Senator Ben Allen
Status: Bill Language Merged with Assembly Bill 130
Campaign Position: Support

Would establish Office of Higher Education Coordination, Accountability, and Performance for purposes of statewide postsecondary education planning, oversight, data collection and coordination.


SB 291: California Community College Financial Aid Program

Author: Senator Connie Leyva
Status: Held in Assembly Higher Education Committee, 2-Year Bill
Campaign Position: Support

Would establish the California Community College Financial Aid Program and help close the gap of unmet financial need faced by students in covering their total cost of attending college.


SB 461: Cal Grant for Summer Term Students

Author: Senator Richard Roth
Status: Included in 2019-20 State Budget
Campaign Position: Support

Would expand state financial aid opportunities to students enrolled in summer session courses at the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU). SB 461 expands Cal Grant eligibility to include two additional summer sessions, allowing students to more affordably access summer courses that would keep them on track for timely degree completion.


SB 484: Automatic ADT Award to Qualified California Community College Students 

Author: Senator Anthony Portantino
Status: Vetoed by Governor Newsom
Campaign Position: Support

Would help more students reach their college dreams by streamlining the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) awarding process at California Community Colleges. SB 484 would strengthen the ADT pathway by identifying and automatically awarding an ADT to students who have completed the requirements to ensure that students receive the associated benefits of an ADT.


SB 554: Advanced Scholastic and Vocational Training Program

Author: Senator Richard Roth
Status: Signed by Governor Newsom
Campaign Position: Support

Would allow over 148,000 adult school students pursuing their high school diploma or the equivalent to dual-enroll at California Community Colleges (CCC) in order to jump start their college education goals and better prepare them for a future career.