Legislative Updates

Overview

Legislative Updates

The CFT Legislative Department introduces and lobbies for passage of union-sponsored bills. As bills develop staff recommend a position, in accordance with guidelines established by the CFT Convention, to the Legislative Committee, a standing committee of the Executive Council. The department publishes regular updates to communicate the progress of CFT’s advocacy efforts in the state Capitol.

  • CFT-Sponsored Bills and their live-time status. 
  • Legislative Updates, posted below, communicate the progress of CFT legislative advocacy.  
  • State Budget Briefs track and analyze education expenditures in the California budget.
  • Legislative Scorecard annually tracks how legislators vote on bills and issues that matter to CFT members.

Governor signs six CFT bills, plus budget trailer bills with union priorities
Legislative Update

State Capitol

Governor Newsom signed six union bills at the end of September that the CFT successfully lobbied in both houses of the Legislature. The CFT had sponsored or co-sponsored 16 legislative bills alongside several budget proposals in the last year of the 2020-22 legislative session. A majority of these priorities made it to the governor’s desk or were included in the state budget, with only one bill being vetoed by the governor.

What budget trailer bills mean for education workers
Legislative Update

trailer carrying funds allocated in budget trailer bills

On September 30, Governor Newsom signed the final budget trailer bills sent to him by the Legislature after passing the bills and a “budget junior” on August 31. Budget trailer bills are created by the Committee on Budget to provide technical language for the implementation of fiscal allocations. The budget junior bill includes additional allocations as well as additional items necessary for implementation of some July budget expenditures.

The budget-related bills go into effect immediately. CFT priorities in the budget trailer bills are listed below.

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Governor extends COVID paid sick leave through end of 2022
New extension will sunset on December 31, 2022

Governor Newsom signed AB 152 on September 29, extending COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave through the end of the year for California workers. This protection was originally set to expire on September 30.

This extension does not come with additional sick leave but instead gives workers access to any of their remaining COVID-19 Supplemental Sick Leave through December 31, 2022.

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State budget continues record funding for public education, secures funding for part-time faculty healthcare
Legislative Update

Governor Newsom announcing May Revision of state budget

Funding for part-time community college faculty healthcare secured

Governor Newsom signed the final state budget on Friday, June 30 after the governor and state legislators reached agreement on the 2022-23 budget over the weekend. The deal includes record levels of funding for public education and the $200 million to support part-time faculty healthcare that CFT has been championing throughout this budget process.

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CFT-sponsored bills pass first house of Legislature, move on to second
Legislative Update

Part-Time Faculty Conference

The “house of origin” deadline marks a major hurdle for bills to pass out of their first house of the Legislature and move on to the second. The CFT was able to move its 18 sponsored and co-sponsored bills before the deadline with only a couple of exceptions.

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Amid record surplus, governor directs more funds to education in May Revision
Legislative Update

Governor Newsom announcing May Revision

Newsom keeps $200 million in ongoing funding for part-time faculty healthcare

Governor Newsom proposed significant increases for education and a 6.56% cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) in his revised proposal of the 2022-23 state budget released May 13. Education funding accounts for the majority of state budget expenditures, but the governor also proposes an inflation relief package and monies to combat housing insecurity.

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Worker action extends COVID Paid Sick Leave
Retroactive to January 1, 2022 and sunsets September 30, 2022

CFT and our labor partners have fought hard to reinstate COVID-19 paid sick leave. On February 9, Governor Newsom signed the COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave legislation (Senate Bill 114) into law. This is a huge win that will help keep our workplaces and communities safe. 

Supplemental Paid Sick Leave became available starting February 19 — ten days after the legislation was signed. Here is a summary of what is included in the new law:

  • This leave is retroactively applied to January 1, 2022, and will sunset on September 30, 2022.
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Education sees another increase in governor’s state budget proposal
Legislative Update

Governor Newsom proposed significant increases for education and a 5.33% Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) in his state budget for 2022-23 released January 8. In his proposal, the governor addressed five concurrent state crises — COVID-19, climate change, inequality, homelessness, and public safety — several of which are reflected in the education budget. This budget is a preliminary proposal subject to negotiations with the Legislature and will be revised in May, with its final passage in June.

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