2019 End of Session Update
The first year of the 2019-20 Legislative Session concluded on September 13th. Hundreds of bills were sent to the Governor’s Desk for consideration by the signing deadline. On Sunday, October 13, 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom officially wrapped up the 2019 legislative year by taking final actions on the remaining bills sent to him by the Legislature. Governor Newsom acted on more than 1,000 bills in 2019, signing 870 and vetoing 172, or just over 16% of those that made it to his desk. In 2019, nearly 300 bills were signed which make changes to California’s Education Code.
A few measures that stalled this year may return in 2020, including a proposal the League with the help of over 40 colleges opposed, which allow homeless community college students to sleep in campus parking lots (AB 302 [Berman, D]). Other Two-Year bills the League will be watching for including a proposal to require community colleges to make progress to meet the Faculty Obligation Number and perhaps revise the 50% law (SB 777 [Rubio, D]), and proposals we support which would increase the amount and access to financial aid for community college students (SB 291 [Leyva, D]) and AB 1314 [Medina, D]).
For a full list of bills tracked by the League this session, please visit our website at: https://www.ccleague.org/advocacy/bill-tracking.