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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.

The Legislature has adjourned until Monday, December 1, 2014 at 12 noon.

Senate Bill 69 (Senator Mark Leno) and Assembly Bill 103 (Assembly Member Shirley Wagner) - Budget Act of 2015

Both Senate Bill 69 and Assembly Bill 103 would make appropriations for the support of state government for the 2015-16 Fiscal Year. In terms of the Employment Training Panel's appropriation, both bills are identical.

Last September, near the end of the 2013-14 legislative session, the passage of Assembly Bill 1476 (Chapter 663, Statutes of 2014) provided a $10 million increase in Employment Training Fund resources to be used in the current Fiscal Year (FY 2014-15).

As introduced, Senate Bill 69 and Assembly Bill 103 would make permanent the $10 million increase in Employment Training Fund resources to address increasing demand for training contracts in the coming Fiscal Year (FY 2015-16).

Both bills were introduced on January 9, 2015. Senate Bill 69 has been referred to the Senate Committee on Budget & Fiscal Review, and AB 103 is scheduled to be heard in committee on or after February 11, but has not yet been assigned to committee.


SB 3 Minimum wage: adjustment (Senator Mark Leno)

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.

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. It would require the annual automatic adjustment of the minimum wage, commencing January 1, 2019, 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.

SB 3 was introduced, read for the first time, and referred to the Senate Committee on Rules on December 1, 2014. It currently awaits committee assignment.



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