September 19, 2017
Sacramento –

Legislative Update

The following proposed bills have a potential impact on, or may be of special interest to the ETP program. Brief summaries are provided below and a copy of the ETP Legislative Memorandum can be downloaded here.

ETP staff will update this page periodically. However, for the most recent versions, or to track the status of these bills, please visit the Official California Legislative Information website.

AB 1656 (Assembly Member Autumn Burke) Certified Nurse Assistant Training

Summary: Current law requires the Employment Development Department, in consultation with the State Department of Social Services, to administer regional collaborative program selection and funding and specifies various duties of the Employment Development Department. This bill would require the Employment Training Panel to establish a grant award program to fund training programs for certified nurse assistants by interested and qualified applicants, as specified. The bill would require, on or before July 1, 2018, the establishment of criteria for awarding grants and training program standards.

Status: 5/26/17 – Off Suspense, In Assembly Appropriations Committee: Held under submission

AB 579 (Assembly Member Heath Flora) Apprenticeship: Fire Protection: Firefighter Pre-Apprenticeship Program

Summary: Would require the Division of Apprenticeship Standards, in collaboration with the California Firefighters Joint Apprenticeship Committee (CAL-JAC), to develop a statewide firefighter pre-apprenticeship program designed to recruit candidates from underrepresented groups. This bill would require the pre-apprenticeship program to meet specified objectives. This bill would also require CAL-JAC to deliver the pilot classes established by the pre-apprenticeship program using existing facilities and training models.

Status: 9/12/17 – Enrolled & presented to the Governor at 2:30 pm.

AB 316 (Assembly Member Marie Waldron) Workforce Development

Summary: AB 316 includes 3 separate appropriations, one for LWDA, one for CWDB, and one for ETP, all for the purposes of workforce development. The LWDA’s $200M appropriation sets up a competitive grant program for certain targeted populations and geographic areas. The CWDB’s $10M appropriation enhances their existing Workforce Accelerator Program with a grant fund for current students in the community college and vocational certificate programs. The ETP’s $100M appropriation would establish a competitive contract granting program, again to target certain populations, industries, and geographic areas. The bill would add a new section (102018) to ETP’s founding legislation, currently UIC 10200 – 102017.

Status: 5/26/17 – Hearing Cancelled at request of Author. In Senate Appropriations Suspense File.

AB 1111 (Assembly Member Eduardo Garcia) Removing Barriers to Employment Act: Breaking Barriers to Employment Initiative

Summary: Would enact the Removing Barriers to Employment Act, which would establish the Breaking Barriers to Employment Initiative within the Labor and Workforce Development Agency. The bill would require the initiative to be led by the Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development and authorizes the secretary to assign all or part of the administration of the initiative to one or more entities within the agency’s oversight, or to authorize another state agency, under specified conditions, to administer a portion of the initiative.

Status: 9/15/17 – Senate amendments concurred in. Ordered to Engrossing & Enrolling.

AB 1149 (Assembly Member Joaquin Arambula) Workforce Investment Boards: Funding

Summary: Existing law requires local workforce investment boards to spend a minimum percentage of specified funds for adults and dislocated workers on federally identified workforce training programs and allows the boards to leverage specified funds to meet the funding requirements, as specified. Existing law authorizes a credit of up to 10% of that funding minimum for leveraged funds, which include Pell Grants and employment training panel grants. This bill would expand the types of services to which leveraged funds may be applied to include supportive services and would expand the types of leveraged funds that may be applied to the 10% credit, described above, to include specified federal, local, state, and private funds.

Status: 9/12/17 – Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 2:30 pm.

AB 1336 (Assembly Member Kevin Mullin) California Workforce Development Board

Summary: Would require the California Workforce Development Board to determine the approach for measuring labor market impacts, provided that, to the extent feasible, the board uses statistically rigorous methodologies to estimate, assess, and isolate the impact of programs on participant outcomes. The bill would modify the requirement that the workforce metrics dashboard be produced using existing available data and resources that are currently collected and accessible to state agencies, to require that it be done to the extent feasible.

Status: 9/1/17 – Approved by the Governor. Chaptered by the Secretary of State. Chapter 211, Statues of 2017.

SB 449 (Senator William Monning) Skilled Nursing & Intermediate Care Facilities: Training Programs

Summary: Current law requires a skilled nursing or intermediate care facility to adopt an approved training program, which is required to include a precertification training program consisting of at least 60 classroom hours of training on basic nursing skills, patient safety and rights, the social and psychological problems of patients, and resident abuse prevention, recognition, and reporting and at least 100 hours of supervised and on-the-job training clinical practice. This bill would require that at least 8 of the 60 hours of classroom training address the special needs of persons with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. By changing the definition of a crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

Status: 9/11/17 – Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 pm.

SB 789 (Senator Josh Newman) California Apprenticeship Council: Report

Summary: Current law requires the Chief of the Division of Apprenticeship Standards and the California Apprenticeship Council to report annually through the Director of Industrial Relations on the activities of the division and the council, and further requires that the report include specified information with respect to apprenticeship programs in this state. This bill would require the report to include an analysis of any apprenticeship standards or regulations that were proposed or adopted in the previous year.

Status: 6/29/17 – Read second time. Ordered to Consent Calendar. From Consent Calendar on request of Assembly Member Bonta. Ordered to Inactive File.