Priority Medina Bills Clear the Senate Appropriations Committee

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  • Julianne Cravotto
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SACRAMENTO— Today, five bills, AB 101, AB 375, AB 927, AB 1113 and AB 1456 by Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside), passed the suspense file in the Senate Appropriations Committee, one of the key hearings prior to the Governor’s Desk. These five bills are critical ways in which the Chair of Higher Education Committee plans to build equity, quality, and accessibility across California’s education systems.

“I am grateful to Chair Portantino and his staff for their thoughtful questions and analyses of our bills this year. Moreover, I want to thank my colleagues in the Senate for their support. In a year of historical investments in education, I am excited to see the incredible work that we will do for our students, their families, and the future of California.”

Highlights of Assemblymember Medina's Bills include:

AB 101: Ethnic Studies--This bill will require high schools to offer ethnic studies courses in the academic year 2025-26.

AB 375: Community Colleges: Part-Time Employees—This bill would change the percentage of hours that a part-time, temporary employee may teach.

AB 927: Baccalaureate Degree Pilot Program—This measure will make permanent the baccalaureate degree pilot program and prepare students for California's diversifying workforce.

AB 1113: COVID-19 Tuition/Fee Waiver—AB 1113 expands fee waivers for college to the surviving children of the physicians and nurses whose deaths were caused by COVID 19.

AB 1456: Cal Grant Reform Act—AB 1456 will modernize California’s financial aid system, Cal Grant, and meet the financial challenges students face. Specifically, this legislation will remove barriers for adult learners such as GPA and expand eligibility to thousands of students.

In addition to AB 275, AB 320, and AB 484, these five bills will now go to the Senate Floor.