HOPE's 2023 Sponsored Bills
SENATE BILL 702 (LIMON)
Assembly bill 368 (holden)
SENATE BILL 702
HOPE believes that democracy and governance are stronger when everyone has a seat at the table.
SB702 would have required the office of the Governor to create an annual report on the demographic information of individuals
appointed by the Governor that year. The bill also required the Governor’s office to maintain an updated website with information on all state boards and commissions, including vacancies, current membership list, and frequency of meetings. This report would ultimately serve as a tool to highlight what voices and communities are missing from decision-making tables and offer concrete policy recommendations to diversify boards and commissions across the state. The Governor's office already collects this information, this bill simply asked they make the information available to the public.
Despite the negative outcome, we remain motivated and ready to improve equity in the state’s commitment to a California for All. We look forward to further discussions on increasing transparency in the composition of appointments. Join our movement, sign up for our coalition, and get ready to continue these efforts in 2024.
Assembly bill 368
Education continues to be the strongest pathway to thriving communities, and we must close opportunity gaps for all students.
AB368 will improve access to dual enrollment programs to students who may not already be college bound or who are underrepresented in higher education. The law, when in takes effect in January of 2024, will require the governing board of a community college district participating in College and Career Access Pathways (CCAP) partnership to enroll high school pupils in any course that is part of a CCAP partnership offered at a community college campus, and would expressly authorize courses to be offered at the community college campus or the participating high school campus.
AB 368 takes an important step in closing opportunity gaps in California’s education system, allowing more students to access resources previously only available to a select few.
Steps to Passing SB702
☑ Bill Introduction: 2/16
☑ Senate Governmental Organization Committee: (4/11) PASSED 15/0 Vote
☑ Senate Judiciary Committee: PASSED
☑ Senate Appropriations: PASSED
☑ Senate Floor: PASSED
☑ Assembly Committee on Accountability & Administration: PASSED
☑ Assembly Judiciary Committee: PASSED
☑ Assembly Appropriations
☑ Assembly Floor: PASSED
☑ VETOED by the Governor
Steps to Passing AB368
☑ Bill Introduction: 2/1
☑ Assembly Higher Education Committee: (4/11) PASSED 12/0 Vote
☑ Assembly Education Committee: PASSED
☑ Assembly Appropriations: PASSED
☑ Assembly Floor: PASSED
☑ Senate Education Committee: PASSED
☑ Senate Appropriations: PASSED
☑ Senate Floor
☑ SIGNED by the Governor!
California's leadership does not fully represent its diverse population.
One in every five Californians identify as Latina, yet Latinas remain under-represented in the U.S. Senate, on the bench, in statewide offices, and at the local and county level.
California has never elected a Latina U.S. Senator. California has never seen a Latina serve as a Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, State Controller, State Treasurer, Insurance Commissioner, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, and on the State Board of Equalization.
As of the 2020 election, Latinas only make up 13% of Assembly seats and 20% of Senate seats. Only a total of 19 Latinas serve in the State Legislature.
how sb702 helps
To ensure California leadership reflects its greater population, the collection of gubernatorial appointee’s demographic data is a critical step to achieving gender, racial and ethnic equity in California’s boards and commissions. This annual report will serve as a tool to shed light where inequities in representation exist, encourage outreach to communities of interest, and address any system barriers.
Increasing the diversity of California's board and commission members will reflect the rich diversity of California's population, creating a stronger state and more equitable communities.
College and Career, Access Pathways (CCAP) partnerships were created to increase the accessibility of concurrent enrollment programs for high school students to achieve the goal of helping low-achieving students integrate into a college environment, increase the likelihood of degree program completion, decrease the length of time to complete a degree program, and stimulate interest in higher education among high school students. However, according to the 2021 Public Policy Institute of California report on dual enrollment, CCAP partnerships account for 11% of dual enrollment participation in the state.
According to the Chancellor’s Office, in 2021-2022, there were 135 CCAP agreements in the state, with 60 community college districts participating in a partnership with a K-12 district. There were concerns about whether CCAP was fulfilling its purpose to increase diversity in dual enrollment participation by targeting “underrepresented students.
how AB 368 helps
This bill would define "underrepresented in higher education" in the statute. It would also require a community college district to assign priority for enrollment and course registration to a pupil seeking to enroll in a community college course necessary for the pupil’s CCAP partnership program.
In addition, the bill would remove fee requirements for pupils seeking to enroll in community college courses required by CCPA partnership programs. It would also collect data to ensure that the program benefits the targeted students as underrepresented in higher education.
more about SB 702
Senator Monique Limon, a HOPE alumna, is the author of this bill. It would require the Office of the Governor to maintain a list of every state board and commission on its Internet website that includes, for each state board or commission, the membership list, stated purpose, duties, meeting frequency, internet website, and vacancies in the membership. In addition, the bill would require the Office of the Governor, on or before January 1, 2025, and annually thereafter, to create and publish on its Internet website a report containing aggregate demographic information of appointments made by the office during the prior calendar year.
more about AB 368
AB 368 is authored by Assemblymember Chris Holden, who has previously authored legislation driving legislation in the dual enrollment space. This bill would outline and provide clarity by defining underrepresented students as “high school students who meet one or more of the following criteria: first-time college students, low-income students, current or former foster youth, homeless students or are at risk of being homeless, students with disabilities, students with dependent children, undocumented students, or students who are members of a group that have historically comprised a minority of the population of the United States. It would also ensure that disaggregated data is collected to access later that the program targets the students it is intended to serve.