Next week, ahead of lawmakers’ return to Sacramento, we’ll break down the big bills from San Diego legislators that are still alive in the Legislature.
First, though, I wanted to highlight three bills that got significant buzz this session but ultimately didn’t play out the way local lawmakers had hoped.
Along with the sanctuary state bill, which is still alive, SB 562, a bill to create a single-payer health care system in California, got an outsize share of attention this session.
Early on, Sen. Toni Atkins, who co-wrote the bill with Sen. Ricardo Lara, implored her colleagues to “do something big” by ushering in a new health care system. But the bill was murky from the start – the exact costs, and how the state would pay them, were never spelled out clearly. That’s what led Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon to ultimately sideline the bill, a move that has infuriated progressives in the state and beyond.
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AB1220 fizzled because Weber got some teacher groups, but most teachers didn't want it. Yes, most states have longer probationary periods, but they come with some sort of due process. When CA got rid of due process for newer teachers they went from a longer probationary period to two years. If you want classroom teachers to support a change to probationary periods, maybe talk to more teachers who will help you craft something that will actually be good for teachers.