With the 2023 legislative year winding down, we need your help in generating support and opposition letters on priority legislation before September 1. The League offers letter templates on our website to simplify this process.

We are currently seeking position letters for three measures: AB 1400 by Assemblymember Isaac Bryan (support), AB 689 by Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo (oppose), and AB 1699 by Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (oppose). 

Assembly Bill 1400 would provide scholarships to California Community College transfer students enrolled in historically black colleges and universities. AB 1400 presents a creative solution to strengthening the pipeline from CCCs to HBCUs. It represents the best spirit of the California Community Colleges and the State of California to ensure our students are supported and can continue to succeed.

AB 689 would negatively impact nursing programs by mandating strict quotas or priority registration for incumbent healthcare workers, thus circumventing current selection processes for these high-demand programs. This restriction would create a hurdle for students and detract from workforce needs.

AB 1699 affects the hiring of classified employees, requiring job opportunities to be posted for internal applicants ten days before external candidates could be considered. This impedes current, timely hiring processes and exacerbates the length of time to fill vacancies. 

AB 1400, AB 689, and AB 1699 are currently on the Senate Suspense File and will be heard by the Senate Appropriations Committee on September 1. Letters are urgently needed, and can be submitted through the Advocacy Portal. They should be directed to the Senate Appropriations Committee (check the box for Senate Appropriations).

Templates can be found at ccleague.org/advocacy/legislative-actions

Completed letters can be submitted to calegislation.lc.ca.gov/Advocates

As high-priority legislation progresses through the state process, the League will update our legislative actions page with the appropriate template letters.

For questions about bills or suggested actions, contact Andrew Martinez, Senior Director of Government Relations, at amartinez@ccleague.org.