California law (Ed Code § 70901(b)(4)) requires the Board to provide representation, advocacy and accountability for the system before state and national legislative and executive agencies. The Board’s Procedures and Standing Orders provide guidance to the Chancellor in representing the California Community Colleges on matters pending before the California Legislature and Governor, Congress and the President. The Procedures and Standing Orders also authorize the Chancellor to take positions on pending legislation on behalf of the Board, as specified (Procedures and Standing Orders § 317).

The Governmental Relations division represents the Chancellor and the Board on state and federal policy and advocacy matters. The California Community Colleges Vision for Success, the Board of Governors Budget and Legislative Request, and prior Board positions guide the activities of the division. In general, the Governmental Relations division seeks feedback from the Consultation Council and the Board prior to taking positions on pending policy matters.

State Update 2020

The Legislature will reconvene for the second year of the 2019-20 Legislative Session on January 6, 2020. The Legislature will have until February 21, 2020, to introduce new legislative proposals. In addition, the Legislature will have the opportunity to act on pending two-year bills.

January Update (PDF)

State Update 2019


October 13th marked the end of the first year of the 2019-20 Legislative Session, with Governor Newsom taking final actions on bills approved by the Legislature in 2019. Of the 232 introduced bills related to community colleges, the Governor signed 85 into law. The Governor approved three of the four bills sponsored by the Board of Governors; 19 of 24 supported bills; and neither of the bills opposed by the Chancellor’s Office were enacted.

November Update (PDF)


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