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California S.B. 1028 - State Financial Aid


Sponsor: Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D)

Summary: Current version (6/26/2014): Authorizes an award to be expended for a student’s living expenses. Requires the Student Aid Commission, in consultation with specified entities, for purposes of the Cal Grant C program, to prioritize occupational training programs and industry clusters. Requires the Student Aid Commission to consult with the Workforce Services Branch of the Employment Development Department, the Office of the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges, the California Workforce Investment Board and the local workforce investment boards to develop a plan to publicize the grant award program to California’s long-term unemployed and a plan to make students receiving awards aware of job search and placement services available through specified public entities.

Requires the Student Aid Commission to give special consideration to the social and economic situations of students applying for the Cal Grant C program, giving additional weight to applicants facing specified challenges. Specifies that, in determining the individual award amounts, the Student Aid Commission is required to take into account the financial means available to the student to fund his or her course of study and costs of attendance. Revises the criteria that areas of occupational or technical training are required to meet to be given priority for awards.

Specifies that the local workforce investment boards are required to participate in the outreach efforts only to the extent that the those efforts are a part of their existing responsibilities under federal law.

Authorizes the Director of Employment Development to provide the Student aid Commission with wage information to verify the employment status of an individual applying for a Cal Grant C award.

Defines “long-term unemployed” to mean a person who has been unemployed for more than twenty-six weeks at the time of submission to the Student Aid Commission of his or her application.

Defines “Industry cluster” to means any of the following:
(1) A geographic concentration or emerging concentration of interdependent industries with direct service, supplier and research relationships.
(2) Independent industries that share common resources in a given regional economy or labor market.
(3) A group of employers closely linked by common products or services, workforce needs, similar technologies and supply chains in a given regional economic or labor market.

Amendment #5 (6/26/2014):

Amendment #4 (5/27/2014):

Amendment #3 (5/6/2014):

Amendment #2 (4/21/2014):

Amendment #1 (3/25/2014):

Introduced version:

Status: Introduced 2/18/2014. Referred to Senate Committee on Education 2/27/2014. Amended; re-referred to Senate Committee on Education 3/25/2014. Hearing canceled 4/2/2014. Amended 4/21/2014. Hearing held, reported; re-referred to Committee on Appropriations 4/30/2014. Amended 5/6/2014. Hearing held 5/19/2014. Hearing held, reported 5/23/2014. Amended 5/27/2014. Passed Senate, received in Assembly 5/28/2014. Referred to Assembly Committee on Higher Education 6/5/2014. Hearing held, reported; re-referred to Committee on Appropriations 6/24/2014. Amended 6/26/2014. Hearing scheduled 8/6/2014.

Outlook: At the scheduled hearing, the Committee on Appropriations will accept limited public testimony. A vote on this measure is expected at the hearing. Should the Committee determine this measure has a significant fiscal impact, it may place this measure in its suspense file for consideration at a later time. Per Joint Rule 61(b)(14), the committee has by August 15 to act on this measure.

This measure was withdrawn by the sponsor, amended and re-referred to the Assembly Committee on Appropriations. The author's amendment Authorizes the Director of Employment Development to provide the Student aid Commission with wage information to verify the employment status of an individual applying for a Cal Grant C award.

After allowing for public testimony, the Assembly Committee on Higher Education recommended this measure for passage unanimously. The measure will next be referred to the Assembly Committee on Appropriations for consideration. As this measure contains fiscal provisions it must be approved by the Appropriations Committee before it may be considered by the full chamber.

The Assembly referred this measure to the Assembly Committee on Public Safety, chaired by Assembly Member Joan Buchanan (D), for further consideration.

The Senate adopted this measure by a 28-9 vote.

The Senate Committee on Education is chaired by Senator Carol Liu (D). The sponsor is not a member of the committee of referral but is a member of the majority party. The Democratic Party controls both legislative chambers as well as the office of Governor.

Effective Date: Upon approval by the Governor

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