Legislative and Legal Resources
2017 State and Federal Legislative Priorities
FACCC’s numerous legislative and budgetary priorities for 2017 include:
- Elevating the discussion on the 75 percent goal for credit instruction taught by full-time faculty and achieving parity pay for part-time faculty; FACCC-sponsored ACR 32 (Medina) would call upon the Chancellor’s office, in collaboration with stakeholders, to provide recommendations to the Legislature on how to address these longstanding issues.
Status: ACR 32 chaptered September 19, 2017.
- Expanding the provision of mental health services through the budget and/or legislative process.
Status:$4.5 million in one-time funds for student mental health services attained in 17-18 Budget Act.
- Increasing fairness in the appeals process for students losing their Board of Governors Fee Waiver; FACCC-sponsored AB 204 (Medina) would require a system review of existing appeals processes and the incorporation of impacted student populations into district equity plans.
Status: Held in Senate Appropriations Committee Suspense File.
- Increasing the base allocation for community colleges in the Budget Act.
Status: $183.6 million in an ongoing unallocated increase to base funding attained in 17-18 Budget Act.
- Increasing dedicated funding for full- and part-time faculty in the Budget Act.
Status: $5 million increase in ongoing funding to Part-Time Faculty Office Hours attained in 17-18 Budget Act.
- Supporting California’s call to Congress to eliminate the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and Government Pension Offset (GPO), through a legislative resolution;
- Transitioning the California Community Colleges away from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges to an accreditor with a demonstrated preference for improving educational processes over sanctioning institutions.
Status: Testimony given to National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) February 22-24, 2017
- Recommitting the California Community Colleges to its mission of lifelong learning, through the Consultation Council and Board of Governors;
- Opposing efforts at the federal level undermining collective bargaining, retirement security, and academic freedom;
Status: FACCC-supported SB 285 (Atkins) chaptered October 7, 2017
- Opposing efforts at the federal level targeting undocumented students, or any efforts undermining an inclusive vision of community college students;
Status: Created DACA Advocacy Week October 16 -20 in conjunction with system partners; FACCC-supported SB 68 (Lara) chaptered October 5, 2017
- Opposing efforts at privatizing community colleges.
FACCC will post bill numbers corresponding to these priorities as they are introduced.
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Click here for FACCC’s 2016 End-of-Year Legislative Report.