2015 Legislation

Type of Iniatiative: 
Current
Date: 
Monday, October 26, 2015 - 10:55

Sunday October 11, 2015 was the final date for Governor Brown to sign, veto, or allow

legislation to be enacted without his signature. 

The Assembly introduced 1541 Assembly Bills.         The Senate introduced 805 Senate Bills.                                  

Some of these bills are of interest to the Montessori Community, and are noted below.

 

Assembly Bill 47 Preschool within the Department of Education

MCC Position:  Oppose

MCC Rationale:

The Montessori Council of California’s opposes of AB 47 because it places preschool funding

only within the Department of Education, and does allow for alternative models in the private sector. 

Disposition of AB 47:  Vetoed by Governor Brown 10/9/2015

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Assembly Bill 74 Annual Unannounced Facility Visits

MCC Position:  Support

MCC Rationale:

The Montessori Council of California’s support of AB 74 is due to the perception

that the quality of care for children will be supported by these unannounced annual visits.

MCC’s support of AB 74 must not be interpreted as suspicion of poor quality or non-compliance

of our Montessori Schools.  Further, it is sincerely hoped that Community Care Licensing Analysts

view their role, vis-à-vis Centers, as collaborative rather than confrontational.

Disposition of AB 74:  Vetoed by Governor Brown 9/30/2015

         "I am returning Assembly Bill 74 without my signature."   
               "This bill would require the Department of Social Services to inspect licensed childcare 
facilities once a year beginning January 1, 2019.  Earlier this year, the 2015-16 Budget Act 
increased the frequency of inspections of licensed childcare facilities to once every three years.  
Further increasing the frequency of these inspections may be a worthy goal, but the cost of this 
change should be considered in the budget process."
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Assembly Bill 762 (AB 762) Integrated Child Care License Bill   

MCC Position:  Support

MCC Rationale:

            In response to MCC’s concerns and other organizations’ concerns the final bill narrowly
 
focused on the age range of the Toddler Option program.  AB 762 expands the age range of the
 
childcare Optional Toddler program.  Specifically:             

                        1) Increases the upper age limit for optional toddler programs authorized by the

                            Department of Social Services (DSS) from 30 months to three years of age.            

                        2) Directs infant and preschool-age day care centers with an  Optional Toddler

                            program to, beginning January 1, 2016, extend the Toddler Option program to

                            serve children up to three years old.

Disposition of AB 762:  Approved by Gov Brown 9/30/2015

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Assembly Bill 1207 – Mandatory Child Abuse Training Bill.     

MCC Position:  Support

MCC Rationale:

Training in the identification and reporting suspected child abuse by mandated reporters is of 

utmost importance.  Children are protected and Schools are protected if staff have been formally 

trained in their reporting duties.

Disposition of AB 1207:  Approved by Gov. Brown 10/1/2015

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Senate Bill 277 – Public Health:  Vaccinations   

MCC Position:  Support

MCC Rationale: 

Vaccines are effective in eradicating certain childhood diseases.  The effectiveness of vaccination

within the context of a country is predicated on the full participation of all citizens.  For the health

of all children vaccination should be mandatory for entry into any group setting for children.

Disposition of SB 277:  Signed by Governor Brown 6/30/2015

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