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Legislative Policy Committee

Diana Harford, LPC Representative from Region 7

Minutes from March 8, 2019 Meeting

ACSA’s Legislative Policy Committee met at the ACSA Office in Sacramento on March 8. Hosted by the Chair of the Legislative Policy Committee, Superintendent Gina Potter of San Ysidro ESD, the day started with welcome and introductions and an overview of the OneVoice 2019 Legislative Platform by Gina Potter and Edgar Zazueta.

The purpose of the Legislative Policy Committee is to “identify and study areas of needed legislation impacting ACSA members and public education, to solicit sponsorship requests from ACSA members and sponsor bills improving conditions in California schools, to study proposed legislation and, based upon ACSA’s Legislative Platform and additional input from the Board of Directors, establish ACSA’s position on state and federal legislation.”

The ACSA Governmental Relations Staff then gave updates on these proposed bills to the entire committee:

a. AB 39 (Muratsuchi): LCFF Targets

b. AB 751 (O’Donnell): Alternative Assessments

c. SB 328 (Portantino): Early Start Time

d. SCA 5 (Hill): Parcel Tax Threshold

The 38 Committee Members selected sub-committees based on interest and expertise, and then separated into those subcommittees to review proposed legislation. Many of the bills that have been proposed in the Legislature this year have a potential impact on education. In Subcommittee three, there were a number of proposed bills addressing charter schools and mental health, as well as on a number of other topics. Each bill was reviewed and discussed, with very knowledgeable guidance from the ACSA Governmental Relations staff. Sub- committee members made recommendations whether or not to support a bill, or to table a decision until more information was available. In the afternoon, all subcommittees reconvened and reported out on their “hot topics.”

ACSA’s position on all of the education related bills will be posted on ACSA’s Advocacy page at www.acsa.org/advocacy.