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S.B. 1028 - State Financial Aid


Sponsor: Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D)

Summary: Requires the number of awards made each year through the Cal Grant C program to be at least the same number of awards made for the 2000–01 fiscal year. Requires the amount awarded to be not less than $3,009, and not more than $5,000, per award. 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

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.

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Amendment #2 (4/21/2014):

Amendment #1 (3/25/2014):

As introduced:

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.

Outlook: This measure was withdrawn by the sponsor for a third time, amended and re-referred to Senate Committee on Appropriations. The author's amendment is technical in nature.

After allowing for public testimony, the Senate Committee on Education recommended this measure for passage unanimously. The following organizations registered in favor of the measure: Board of Governors, California Community Colleges, California Hospital Association, California Labor Federation, California Manufacturers & Technology Association, EDGE Coalition, Institute for College Access and Success, Jewish Vocational Service of San Francisco and the Service Employees International Union. This measure will next be referred to the Senate 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. Per Joint Rule 61(b)(8), the committee has by May 23 to act on this measure.

This measure was withdrawn by the sponsor for a second time, amended and re-referred to Senate Committee on Education. The author's amendment added language regarding the allocation of awards to the long term unemployed.

This measure was withdrawn by the sponsor, amended and re-referred to the Senate Committee on Education. The author's amendment removed language regarding the long-term unemployed.

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.

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