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 and information to communicate the progress of CFT’s advocacy efforts in the state Capitol.

  • Legislative Updates, posted below, communicate the progress of CFT-sponsored bills and other priority bills.  
  • State Budget Briefs track and analyze education expenditures in the California budget.
  • Legislative Report lists positions on all bills of interest to the CFT, and is more comprehensive but published less frequently.
  • Legislative Scorecard annually tracks how legislators vote on bills and issues that matter to CFT members. The California Labor Federation also publishes an annual scorecard.
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Legislature set to extend COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave
Framework would provide paid leave through September

On Tuesday, January 25, Governor Gavin Newsom, Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins, and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon announced that they reached an agreement on a framework to ensure employees continue to have access to COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave through September 30, 2022.

Here is a summary of what is including in the current proposal:

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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.