AB 689 (W. Carrillo, D-Los Angeles)
Introduced on Feb. 13. Referred to Assembly Higher Education Committee.
AB 689 is CHA/SEIU’s co-sponsored bill to help address the health care workforce crisis. The proposal would provide health care employees with priority registration when enrolling in community college courses and would also require that community colleges set aside at least 15% of slots in their impacted courses for current health care employees. This would ensure that health care employees have full access to the courses they need to complete their training as quickly as possible.
SB 352 (Padilla, D-El Centro)
Referred to Senate Labor, Public Employment and Retirement Committee and Senate Housing Committee. April 12 hearing in Senate Labor, Public Employment and Retirement Committee.
SB 352 would direct the California Workforce Development Board, along with the secretary of the Labor and Workforce Development Agency and the director of the Department of Housing and Community Development, to examine housing costs by county. They must then create a formula to determine how much the local minimum wage must be for a full-time worker to afford housing in that county. Beginning in 2024 and by Dec. 15 of each year, the board must recommend to the Legislature the minimum wage for a full-time minimum wage earner to afford housing in each county. The board must also recommend a method to annually adjust figures to account for housing cost inflation, as well as inflation broadly.