Legislative Update

March 24, 2017

Sacramento, CA 

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 316 (Assemblymember 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: Bill has been Amended and re-referred to the Assembly Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy Committee on 3/13/2017.

AB 96 (Assemblymember Phil Ting) Budget Act of 2017 & SB 72 (Senator Holly Mitchell) Budget Act of 2017

Summary: These are the budget bill placeholders for this year’s budget.

Status: On 1/19/17, AB 96 was referred to the Assembly Committee on Budgets. On 1/11/17, SB 72 was referred to the Senate Committee on Budgets & Fiscal Review.

AB 809 (Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva) Veterans: Workforce Training

Summary: Current law provides various programs to support the education and employment of veterans. This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to develop workforce training for veterans.

Status: From Printer. Bill is awaiting a first hearing date.

AB 1111 (Assemblymember 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: Bill was referred to the Assembly Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy Committee on 3/9/2017.

AB 916 (Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva) Workforce Development: Local Workforce Development Board

Summary: The federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 provides for workforce investment activities, including activities in which states may participate. Current law contains various programs for job training and employment development, including work incentive programs, as specified, and establishes local workforce development boards to perform duties related to the implementation and coordination of local workforce development activities. This bill would add to those duties requirements to address the differing training needs of employers within the region based on size and legal structure of the business organization and to identify and promote strategies that support the training needs of emerging and dominant business types, as specified.

Status: Bill was referred to the Assembly Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy Committee on 3/2/2017.

AB 1149 (Assemblymember 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: Bill was referred to the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee on 3/9/2017.

AB 849 (Assemblymember Dante Acosta) Workforce Development

Summary: Current law declares the need to have a well-educated and highly skilled workforce in the state. Current law also declares specified principles to guide the state’s workforce investment system. This bill would declare the intent of the Legislature to subsequently amend this bill to include provisions that would convene a task force to review and establish common performance measures for the state’s workforce education programs, as specified.

Status: From Printer. Bill is awaiting a first hearing date.

AB 977 (Assemblymember Travis Allen) Workforce Development

Summary: Current state law provides that the California Workforce Development Board is the body responsible for assisting the Governor in the development, oversight, and continuous improvement of California’s workforce investment system and the alignment of the education and workforce investment systems to the needs of the 21st century economy and workforce. This bill would make a non-substantive change to that provision.

Status: From Printer. Bill is awaiting a first hearing date.

AB 1336 (Assemblymember 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: Bill was referred to the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee on 3/16/2017.

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: Bill was referred to the Committee on Health on 2/23/2017.

SB 366 (Senator Connie Leyva) Electrical Corporations: Workforce Development: Green Tariff Shared Renewables Program.

Summary: Would require the PUC, in consultation with the Labor and Workforce Development Agency, to establish rules by January 1, 2019, requiring an electrical corporation to establish training programs that will cultivate quality workforce development, and that will provide recruitment, job opportunities, and job retention strategies for residents living in disadvantaged communities. The bill would require that the training program include those training opportunities that the PUC determines to be prudent and reasonable for persons that construct, operate, or maintain distributed generation resources that interconnect to the electrical corporation’s electrical grid.

Status: Bill is currently at the Senate Energy, Utilities, and Communications Committee. SB 366 is set for hearing on 4/4/2017

SB 758 (Senator Cathleen Galgiani) State Employment: Apprenticeship Agreements

Summary: This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would ensure compliance in state employment with that required apprentice agreement provision.

Status: Bill was introduced and read for the first time on 2/17/17. Bill currently resides at the Senate Committee on Rules.

SB 762 (Senator Ed Hernandez) Health Care Workforce Development

Summary: This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation relating to health care workforce development.

Status: Bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Rules on 3/9/2017.

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: Bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Labor and Industrial Relations on 3/9/2017.