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AB 1985 Aims To Improve Opportunities for Underserved Students
SACRAMENTO — Assemblymember Das Williams’ bill to require California Community Colleges to develop a uniform policy for awarding general education credit for students who pass an Advanced Placement (AP) exam has been signed by the Governor.
AB 1985 requires the California Community College Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) in conjunction with the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (ASCCC) to develop and adopt a uniform policy to award credit for general education courses to a student who passes an AP exam. Currently, AP Exam credit and placement policies vary throughout community colleges.
AB 1995 allows homeless students in good standing to shower at community colleges
SACRAMENTO — Students facing a housing or financial crisis will be able to shower at community colleges even if they are not enrolled in P.E. classes, beginning January 1.
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed AB 1995, a bill authored by Assemblyman Das Williams. The bill will require California Community College campuses to allow homeless students who are enrolled in coursework, have paid tuition fees, and are in good standing with the community college district, to take showers on campus.
Williams’ bill gives local agencies first option to purchase armory site
SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill on Friday that will allow the city of Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara Unified School District the first option to buy the National Guard Armory near the Santa Barbara Junior and High Schools in downtown Santa Barbara.
Assemblymember Das Williams (D-Carpinteria), proposed AB 2247 to help local agencies acquire the building to expand programs for school, educational, and recreational activities. The location of the armory is an ideal spot for collaboration with the Boys and Girls Club, Ortega Park, Girls Inc. and other nearby services.
AB 2139 will tackle ocean acidification and impact on ecosystems
SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that calls on environmentalists and government officials to collaborate and find solutions to the emerging problem of ocean acidification and its potentially devastating impact on ocean health.
The governor signed the bill, authored by Assemblymember Das Williams (D-Carpinteria), on Wednesday. While the ocean has long been seen as helping to absorb much of the world’s carbon dioxide, reducing global warming impacts, scientists are noticing the dramatic impact greenhouse gases are having on the chemistry of the seawater.
SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed Assemblymember Das Williams’ AB
2729, an environmental bill that encourages operators to cap idle oil and gas wells.
Neglected idle wells can crack or disintegrate allowing contaminants such as uranium, lead, iron, selenium, sulfates and radon to leak into groundwater sources. Idle wells can also leak methane, a greenhouse gas, if improperly maintained. California has more than 21,000 idle oil and gas wells and half have been idle for more than 10 years; 4,700 have been idle for more than 25 years.
AB 2247 gives local agencies first option to purchase armory site
SACRAMENTO — Local agencies have moved a step closer to acquiring the National Guard Armory in Santa Barbara.
The California Senate unanimously approved AB 2247, which would allow the Santa Barbara Unified School District and the City of Santa Barbara the first option to purchase the Armory site near Santa Barbara Junior and High Schools in downtown Santa Barbara.