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Benjamin Allen
(D-Santa Monica)

Committees:

The Nooner for February 18th

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LEGISLATIVE DIRECTORY UPDATES

DISTRICT UPDATES

  • AD77 (North San Diego): added attorney June Yang Cutter (R)

Scott at the CapitolHappy Presidents Day! I hope that you are enjoying a beautiful day outside! I'm probably talking into the corner like a kid in time out, but anyway...

WORTH A CLOSE WATCH: Tomorrow, Senate Education will have the first showdown over charter schools following the end of the Los Angeles Unified School District strike by United Teachers Los Angeles. A major non-compensation agreement leading to the end of the strike was a concession by the pro-charter majority of the LAUSD board to support more oversight on charters and a slowdown on approval of new charters. LAUSD currently has 275 charters and five more have been approved.

Tomorrow, Senate Education is hearing an urgency bill (SB 126) authored by the committee's chair Connie Leyva (D-Chino) that would explicitly state that "charter schools and entities managing charter schools" are subject to the state's open meetings law (Brown Act), Public Records Act, and conflict-of-interests laws (Political Reform Act).

All of these issues were included in bills last year and all died without a final vote.   

Obviously, the bill authored by the committee chair is likely to easily pass, particularly with its membership. However, as an urgency bill, it will need supermajorities on both floors. This is the first foray in to what will be a dicey issue yet again this session and there are several new Democratic legislators who will be worth watching. They were largely elected to office with the support from labor, but they also represent more moderate-conservative districts.

Here is the support and opposition of SB 126 from the committee analysis:

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