Wayne Huang / SEIU Local 99
Today, author of AB 621, Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra, held a press conference in front of San Fernando Elementary where he urged Governor Brown to sign the bill and end the unjust and cruel summer faced by California’s classified school employees.
“We believe what we have here is a piece of legislation that Governor Jerry Brown can sign that is financially prudent, gives dignity to workers and it will help a lot of those employees during the summer months so they don’t have to be in line at the food pantry,” said Bocanegra.
He was joined at the podium by SEIU Local 99 members Kathleen Hamm and Maria Vecerra, who both spoke about their dedication and commitment to students and public education, while enduring financial struggle every summer. Local 99 members working at San Fernando Elementary, Executive Director Max Arias, LAUSD Board Member Kelly Gonez, and Elmer Roldan of United Way of LA also participated in the conference.
See photos from the press conference here.
Take Action Now: Tell Governor Brown to End The Cruel Summer
The Governor is listening: Time to speak-up! On September 6th the office of the governor hosted a meeting between SEIU Local 99 member representatives and his Deputy Legislative Secretary. This is the first time we’ve ever met with the governor’s staff to discuss the summer unemployment issue! In the meeting, we were told Governor Brown agrees the cruel summer is an injustice and wants to do something to address it.
This means he’s listening and it also means this is the time to make our voices heard!
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.