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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.

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.

Assembly Bill 93 (Assembly Member Shirley Weber) – Budget Act of 2015

Assembly Bill 93 makes appropriations for the support of state government for the upcoming 2015-16 Fiscal Year. AB 93 increases ETP's appropriation by $10 million over what was initially appropriated in Fiscal Year 2014-15. AB 93 was approved by the Governor and chaptered by the Secretary of State – Chapter 10, Statutes of 2015, on Wednesday, June 24, 2015.


Senate Bill 3 (Senator Mark Leno) – Minimum Wage: Adjustment

Existing law requires that, on and after July 1, 2014, the minimum wage for all industries be not less than $9 per hour. Existing law further increases the minimum wage, on and after January 1, 2016, to not less than $10 per hour.

As amended March 11, 2015, this bill would increase the minimum wage on and after January 1, 2016, to not less than $11 per hour, and on and after July 1, 2017, to not less than $13 per hour. The bill would require, commencing January 1, 2019, the annual automatic adjustment of the minimum wage to maintain employee purchasing power diminished by the rate of inflation during the previous year.

The adjustment would be calculated using the California Consumer Price Index, as specified. Further, the bill would prohibit the Industrial Welfare Commission from adjusting the minimum wage downward and from adjusting the minimum wage if the average percentage of inflation for the previous year was negative.

On April 8, 2015, SB 3 was read a third time in the Senate Committee on Labor and Industrial Relations. It passed out of Committee and was re-referred to the Committee on Appropriations. SB 3 is scheduled for Hearing on July 8, 2015, in the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee, at 1:30 p.m., State Capitol, Room 447.


Senate Bill 45 (Senator Tony Mendoza) – Workforce Development: Federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

The federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) authorizes workforce investment activities, including activities in which states may participate. The federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), beginning July 1, 2015, repeals and supersedes the WIA and, among other things, requires a state, in order to receive specified allotments of federal funds and before the second full program year after July 22, 2014, to identify planning regions and require local boards and chief elected officials to prepare regional plans for those planning regions.

This bill would require the state, in conformity with WIOA and after consultation with local boards and chief elected officials, to identify planning regions. The bill would require local boards and chief elected officials to prepare regional plans for those planning regions and would also require the board to aid the Governor in facilitating system alignment across the core programs of WIOA and make related and conforming changes.

Existing law encourages the state and local workforce investment boards to collaborate with other public and private institutions, including the Employment Training Panel, to better align resources across workforce education and training service delivery systems and to build a well-articulated workforce investment system. This bill would clarify the specific goals that need to be accomplished in order to do so, including supporting career pathways, building partnerships, aligning strategies, and leveraging resources across education, social services, and workforce training delivery systems to build a career pipeline to fill critical skills gaps.

SB 45 was introduced on December 12, 2014. It has since been amended twice, first on March 6, 2015, and again on March 9, 2015. It passed out of the Senate on April 16, 2015, and has been read once in the Assembly. On May 14, 2015, SB 45 was referred to the Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment and the Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy.


Senate Bill 342 (Hannah-Beth Jackson) – California Workforce Investment Board: Responsibilities

Under existing law, the California Workforce Development Investment Board (CWDB) (formerly California Workforce Investment Board) is responsible for assisting the Governor in the development, oversight, and continuous improvement of California's workforce investment system. Existing law requires the board to assist the Governor in targeting resources to specified industry sectors and providing guidance to ensure that services reflect the needs of those sectors.

SB 342 would additionally require the CWDB to assist the Governor in helping individuals with barriers to employment achieve economic security and upward mobility by implementing policies that encourage the attainment of marketable skills relevant to current labor market trends. SB 342 is scheduled for hearing July 8, 2015, in the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee, at 1:30 p.m., State Capitol, Room 447.



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