A Quick Look Back on a Busy 2019 Legislative Session

At midnight on October 13, the 2019 Legislative Session officially came to an end. The most recent session saw 792 Senate and 1,833 Assembly bills introduced, with Governor Gavin Newsom ultimately signing 870 of those bills into law and vetoing 172.

Out of CFA’s four sponsored bills, three were made into two-year bills. They include AB 1460 (Weber), the 3-unit CSU Ethnic Studies requirement, AB 418 (Kalra) on union agent-represented worker evidentiary privilege, and SB 660 (Pan), which would recommend one mental health counselor for every 1,500 students at CSU and community college campuses. Our other sponsored bill, AB 930 (Gloria), a bill that sought to increase transparency and good governance processes for the CSU Board of Trustees, died in the Senate Appropriations Committee.

“The key takeaway from this session is that three out of four of our sponsored bills are still active, providing us with an opportunity to double down on our advocacy efforts in order to get these measures over the finish line in 2020,” said Jennifer Eagan, Chair of CFA’s Political Action and Legislative Committee. “This would not have been possible without the support of CFA’s members, who provided critical input and countless hours of advocacy during the legislative session.”

CFA also took support positions on a number of bills, which are highlighted in the partial list below:

  • AB 5 (Gonzalez) Misclassification of Workers (Dynamex): Signed
  • AB 32 (Bonta) Ending Private For-Profit Detention Facilities: Signed
  • AB 314 (Bonta) Union Release Time: Vetoed
  • AB 331 (Medina) K-12 Ethnic Studies Requirement: Two-year bill
  • AB 369 (Weber) CSUEU Steps: Two-year bill
  • AB 1505 (O’Donnell) Charter School Reform: Signed
  • SB 24 (Leyva) Campus Abortion by Medication Services: Signed
  • SB 206 (Skinner) Fair Pay to Play Act: Signed

Finally, a bill that CFA tracked, but did not take a position on was AB 48 (O’Donnell), the K-14 higher education bond, that was signed into law. Our union also formally opposed AB 154 (Voepel) on income share agreements, which died in the Assembly Appropriations Committee, while our other opposed bill, SB 148 (Glazer), the California Promise, was made into a two-year bill.

The State Legislature, where Democrats enjoy a super-majority in both the Assembly and Senate, reconvenes on Monday, January 6, 2020.