SUPPORT
AB 376 (Chavez) –
Summary: Would, by July 1, 2018, require the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency, the California Department of Veterans Affairs, and the California Department of Food and Agriculture, in consultation with the United States Department of Agriculture and the United States Farm Service Agency, to identify and disseminate specified information to assist veterans in entering farming or ranching careers.  This information would be distributed through AJCCs, with the cost of materials covered.
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB376
News: Passed Asm Labor & Employment Cmte unanimously.  Referred to Committee on Veterans Affairs with recommendation.  CWA submitted a letter of support.

AB 445 (Cunningham) –
Summary: This bill would change the name of the program to the California Career Technical Education Grant Program. The bill would increase to $300,000,000 the General Fund appropriation to the State Department of Education for this program for the 2017–18 fiscal year, and would further provide for an appropriation to the department in this amount for each subsequent fiscal year.  The bill would lower the amount of local matching funds required of an applicant from $1.50 for every dollar received to $1 for every dollar received, for the 2017–18 fiscal year, and for each fiscal year thereafter. The bill would also provide that an applicant receiving a grant from this program in the 2017–18 fiscal year or any subsequent fiscal year would be eligible for a renewal grant in the next fiscal year if that applicant demonstrates continued compliance with program requirements.
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB445
News: Referred to Education Cmte and Higher Education Cmte.  CWA supports through the EDGE Coalition.

AB 579 (Flora, Cooper) –
Summary: This bill would require the Division of Apprenticeship Standards, in collaboration with the California Firefighter Joint Apprenticeship Committee (CAL-JAC), to develop a statewide firefighter preapprenticeship program designed to recruit candidates from underrepresented groups. This bill would require the preapprenticeship program to meet specified objectives. This bill would also require CAL-JAC to deliver the pilot classes established by the preapprenticeship program using existing facilities and training models. This bill would require CAL-JAC to provide the program model to fire protection agencies, and would authorize a fire protection agency to then use that model and related resources to establish a local preapprenticeship program for recruiting candidates from underrepresented groups. This bill would appropriate a specified amount from the General Fund to the division to establish the preapprenticeship program and would require the division to use those funds for specified purposes, and would thereby make an appropriation. http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB579
News: Referred to Governmental Organization Cmte and Labor and Employment Cmte.  CWA has submitted a letter of support.

AB 818 (Burke) –
Summary: This bill would provide that for purposes of the educational or treatment program circumstance, a high school education or its equivalent is presumed to meaningfully increase the likelihood of the recipient’s employment. The bill would additionally include as a circumstance to be presented as evidence in requesting an extension, that the recipient obtained his or her high school diploma or its equivalent while participating in specified welfare-to-work activities during the 24 months, and an additional period of time to complete an educational program or other specified activity in which he or she is currently participating would meaningfully increase the likelihood of his or her employment.
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB818
News: Referred to Human Services.  CWA has submitted a letter of support.

AB 1111 (E Garcia) – CWA SPONSORED
Summary: This bill 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. The bill would specify that the purpose of the initiative is to create a grant program to assist individuals who have multiple barriers to employment to receive the remedial education and work readiness skills that will help those individuals to successfully participate in training, apprenticeship, or employment opportunities that enhance skill development that will lead to self-sufficiency and economic stability, and would set forth the goals of the initiative. The bill would require the secretary to develop criteria for the selection of grant recipients, as specified, and would require the secretary, by January 1, 2019, and annually thereafter, to post a report on the agency’s Internet Web site that provides a status report on the implementation of the initiative and aggregates information provided by grant recipients. The bill would authorize the secretary, when implementing the initiative, to fund a project that uses a model that was previously funded as a pilot project under certain programs if specified criteria are met. The bill would make the funding of the initiative subject to an appropriation by the Legislature for that purpose and would make implementation of the initiative contingent on the secretary notifying the Department of Finance that sufficient moneys have been appropriated.
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB1111
News: Referred to JEDE Cmte.  CWA sponsors, has submitted a letter of support, and is available to testify at any hearings. 

AB 1114 (E Garcia) –
Summary: This bill would also require the board to design the (formerly AB 2060) grant program application process to ensure that grants are allocated equitably among the grant partners based on services and activities provided in support of the success of participants. The bill would also require that an application provide for a partnership with a lead community-based organization with a track record of success in effectively serving the supervised population, as specified.
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB1114
News: Referred to Public Safety Cmte.  CWA is helping to craft the bill with PolicyLink as lead sponsor.

AB 1149 (Arambula, E Garcia) –
Summary: This bill would expand the types of (SB 734) 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.
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB1149
News: Referred to Labor & Employment Cmte and JEDE Cmte.  CWA has sent a letter of support.

AB 1376 (Caballero) –
Summary: The bill is currently in spot form, but will eventually be used to promote women entering apprenticeship programs.
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB1376
News: CWA is working with key stakeholders and the author to craft the bill.

SB 577 (Dodd) –
Summary: This bill would authorize the board of governors, in consultation with the California State University and the University of California, to authorize a community college district to offer a teacher credentialing program of professional preparation that meets specified requirements, including that the program has been accredited by the commission’s Committee on Accreditation on the basis of standards of program quality and effectiveness. The bill would require a district offering a teacher credentialing program of professional preparation to identify and document unmet teaching workforce needs in the local community or region of the district design the program to meet those needs. The bill would require the governing board of a community college district seeking authorization to offer a teacher credentialing program of professional preparation to submit specified information for review by the chancellor and approval by the board of governors. The bill would require the board of governors to develop, and adopt by regulation, a funding model for the support of teacher credentialing programs of professional preparation, as provided.
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB577
News: Referred to Education Cmte.  Set for hearing on 4/5.  CWA has submitted a letter of support.

WATCH/NEUTRAL 

AB 316 (Waldron) –
Summary: This bill would require the panel (ETP) to establish competitive bidding contracts by an employer or a training agency that is able to demonstrate that the project to be funded will expedite and increase the number of persons employed in an eligible industry. This bill would require projects funded by this program to comply with certain requirements. This bill would authorize the panel to negotiate, on a case-by-case basis, to include specified provisions in a contract with an eligible applicant, including a provision authorizing the panel to waive, negotiate, or adjust the state hourly wage and 90-day requirement for contracts funded.  This bill would require the California Workforce Development Board to create a grant program, known as the Employment Revitalization Initiative, that would award grants to applicants for a project that assists eligible targeted populations and meets other requirements. The bill would require the board to establish criteria for the selection of grant recipients, and require that applicants include certain provisions in applications. The bill would also require the board to evaluate how the grants address the needs of eligible targeted populations, and, by January 1, 2019, and annually thereafter, post a report on the board’s Internet Web site. This bill would create the Employment Revitalization Fund within the State Treasury as a continuously appropriated fund.

This bill would also create the Workforce Accelerator Account, a continuously appropriated fund, as an account within the Employment Revitalization Fund to be used by the board to supplement, but not supplant, the existing Accelerator Grant Program, as specified.

This bill would appropriate $310,000,000 from the General Fund for purposes of this bill in accordance with a specified schedule.
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB316
News: Referred to JEDE Cmte and Labor & Employment Committee.

AB 809 (Quirk-Silva) –
Summary: Spot bill on workforce training for veterans.
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB809
News: Nothing yet, nothing fleshed out.  CWA is talking with author’s office on this and another bill.

AB 849 (Acosta) –
Summary: Spot bill with the following language: It is 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. Those provisions would include the development of detailed data definitions, reporting schedules, and other specifications needed to ensure that agencies collect and report data to state and federal authorities in a consistent way.
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB849
News: CWA has begun conversations with the author’s office as to the intent and direction of this prospective bill, as well as how it may interact with AB 1336 (Mullin).

AB 916 (Quirk-Silva) –
Summary: This bill would add to those duties (Local and Regional Plan 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. By increasing the duties of the local workforce development board, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.  This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB916
News: Referred to JEDE Cmte.  CWA has begun discussions with author’s office on this and one other bill as to the ultimate goal of the legislation.

AB 957 (Levine) –
Summary: This bill would require the California State University (CSU), and request the University of California (UC), to participate in regional conversations pursuant to the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. The bill would require CSU, and request UC, to submit a report to the Legislature on or before January 1, 2019, on specified topics related to regional workforce demands.  Still not very fleshed out.
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB957
News: Referred to Higher Education Cmte and JEDE Cmte.

AB 977 (Allen) –
Summary: Spot bill on workforce development.
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB977
News: Nothing substantive.  Allen is Vice Chair of JEDE Committee, so we are in general discussion with his office.

AB 1336 (Mullin) –
Summary: This bill would require the board (CWDB) 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. This bill would expand the authorized recipients of that confidential information (workforce program data from EDD) to include the board or the board’s designee. The bill also would expand the use of the confidential information to include using it to track, for program participants, credential attainment, training completion, degree attainment, and participant earnings from workforce education and training programs. The bill would require specified participating workforce programs to also provide participant data in a standardized format to the board or the board’s designee. The bill also would require the board or the board’s designee to aggregate and report data as described above.
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB1336
News: Referred to Labor & Employment Cmte and JEDE Cmte.  CWA is in discussion with the author on this bill.

AB 1656 (Burke) –
Summary: This bill would require the department to continue to provide support to programs that were funded pursuant to the initiative (Caregiver Training Initiative) and that effectively recruited and trained certified nurse assistants.
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB1656
News: Referred to Labor & Employment Cmte.

SB 1 (Beall) –
Summary: Transportation Omnibus Bill.
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB1
News: Passed through three committees, headed to Appropriations.  Where Workforce Development is mentioned, CWA is working to include language around alignment with local and regional plans for all partners.  Also looking to see how the system can tap into monies to develop training and placement programs for transportation.

SB 322 (Wilk) –
Summary: Spot bill to “assist the State in the economic development of the aerospace industry and educating California’s workforce in the aerospace industry”.
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB322
News: Working to find the intention of the author.

SB 366 (Leyva) –
Summary: This bill 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.
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB366
News: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Communications Cmte.  Hearing on 4/4.

SB 570 (Newman) –
Summary: This bill would repeal those provisions, and would instead deem an applicant or recipient who is making satisfactory progress in a publicly funded secondary educational institution to be in compliance with the hourly participation requirements of the CalWORKs program, as specified. To the extent that the bill would expand eligibility for CalWORKs benefits, it would impose a state-mandated local program.
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB570
News: Referred to Human Services Cmte. Hearing on 4/25.

SB 696 (Wilk) –
Summary: Spot bill.  This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation relating to career pathways for training from high school to the workforce and prison to the workforce.
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB696
News: Watching it.

SB 762 (Hernandez) –
Summary: Spot bill.  This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation relating to health care workforce development.
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB762
News: Watching it.

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