SEIU 99 members met directly with Governor Jerry Brown’s office today to discuss the Summer Bridge bill. It’s the first time we’ve been invited by the Governor to directly explain what we go through every summer and why it’s so critical that the Governor fix this injustice. It means we’re getting through!
SEIU 99 President Conrado Guerrero, LAUSD Special Education Assistant Bart Weil and Retired Member Juan Aguirre were in Sacramento and met with Deputy Legislative Secretary Jenny Johnson from the Governor’s Office. She listened and expressed concern over our struggle during the cruel summer. While she said that the Governor still had to review the cost of setting up a Summer Bridge Fund, she felt there was a desire to fix the current system.
Together in our Union, we’ve been able to educate and change the minds of legislators on this issue. Five years ago, when we first introduced a bill, most legislators didn’t even realize that school workers struggled in the summer. Now, we’ve made it all the way to the Governor’s office. This is what it means to be Union Strong!
As amendments to the bill text had been made in the Senate, the bill will go back to the Assembly for approval. We expect this to be quick and possibly the last stop before going to the Governor’s desk.
Where’s the Bill?
Legislative bills move progressively in steps from one committee to another, to the assembly floor, to the senate floor, and lastly – to the Governor’s desk. This timeline plots out the key milestones the bill must go through before landing on the Governor’s desk. Follow the bill’s progression in more detail on the California Legislative Information website.
Bill read for first time.
Heard in and passes the Assembly Committee on Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security on a 5-2 vote. Bill is referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee.
Ayes: Bonta(D), Cervantes(D), Cooper(D), O’Donnell(D), Rodriguez(D)
Noes: Travis Allen(R), Brough(R)
Assembly Appropriations Committee passes AB 621 without amendments on a 12-5 vote.
Ayes: Bloom(D), Bocanegra(D), Bonta(D), Calderon(D), Friedman(D), Eduardo Garcia(D), Gonzalez Fletcher(D), Gray(D), McCarty(D), Muratsuchi(D), Quirk, Reyes(D)
Noes: Bigelow(R), Brough(R), Fong(R), Gallagher(R), Obernolte(R)
Assembly votes to pass the bill 53-21.
Ayes: Aguiar-Curry(D), Arambula(D), Berman(D), Bloom(D), Bocanegra(D), Bonta(D), Burke(D), Caballero(D), Calderon(D), Chau(D), Chiu(D), Chu(D), Cooley(D), Cooper(D), Dababneh(D), Daly(D), Frazier(D), Friedman(D), Cristina Garcia(D), Eduardo Garcia(D), Gipson(D), Gloria(D), Gomez(D), Gonzalez Fletcher(D), Gray(D), Grayson(D), Holden(D), Irwin(D), Jones-Sawyer(D), Kalra(D), Levine(D), Limón(D), Low(D), McCarty(D), Medina(D), Mullin(D), Muratsuchi(D), Nazarian(D), O’Donnell(D), Quirk(D), Quirk-Silva(D), Reyes(D), Ridley-Thomas(D), Rodriguez(D), Rubio(D), Salas(D), Santiago(D), Mark Stone(D), Thurmond(D), Ting(D), Weber(D), Wood(D), Rendon(D)
Noes: Acosta(R), Travis Allen(R), Baker(R), Bigelow(R), Brough(R), Chávez(R), Cunningham(R), Dahle(R), Flora(R), Fong(R), Gallagher(R), Harper(R), Kiley(R), Lackey(R), Maienschein(R), Mathis(R), Mayes(R), Obernolte(R), Patterson(R), Voepel(R), Waldron(R)
No Votes Recorded: Cervantes, Chen, Choi, Eggman, Melendez, Steinorth
Senate Rules Committee assigns AB 621 to Labor and Industrial Relations Committee.
Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee passes the bill.
Ayes: Bradford (D), Atkins (D), Jackson (D), Mitchell (D)
Noes: Stone (R)
Senate Appropriations Committee passes the bill.
Ayes: Beall (D), Bradford (D), Hill (D), Lara (D), Wiener (D)
Noes: Bates (R), Nielsen (R)
Note the party line vote.
Senate votes to pass AB 621. Bill heads to Governor’s Desk.
Ayes: Allen, Atkins, Beall, Bradford, De León, Dodd, Galgiani, Glazer, Hernandez, Hertzberg, Hill, Hueso, Jackson, Lara, Leyva, McGuire, Mendoza, Mitchell, Monning, Newman, Pan, Portantino, Roth, Skinner, Stern, Wieckowski, Wiener
Noes: Anderson, Bates, Berryhill, Cannella, Fuller, Gaines, Moorlach, Morrell, Nguyen, Nielsen, Stone, Vidak, Wilk
AB 621 has passed all committees and the Assembly and Senate floors and now is at the governor’s desk. The deadline for the governor to sign the bill is October 15.
If he does not sign or veto the bill before the deadline, it automatically becomes law without his signature. Also, the governor must sign or veto legislation in his possession by the day the legislature adjourns or it becomes law without being signed.