Amended  IN  Assembly  March 18, 2021

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 949


Introduced by Assembly Members Mullin and Petrie-Norris

February 17, 2021


An act to relating to community colleges. An act to add Article 4.3 (commencing with Section 78273) to Chapter 2 of Part 48 of Division 7 of Title 3 of the Education Code, relating to community colleges, and making an appropriation therefor.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 949, as amended, Mullin. Community colleges: life science biological sciences incubators.
Existing law establishes the California Community Colleges, under the administration of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, as one of the segments of public postsecondary education in this state. Under existing law, the board of governors selects the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges to serve as the chief executive officer of the segment. Existing law establishes various programs for workforce development establishing courses of study at campuses of the California Community Colleges, including the California Community Colleges Economic and Workforce Development Program and the Strong Workforce Program. Colleges.

This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact subsequent legislation that fosters the establishment of life science incubators on community college campuses throughout California.

This bill would require the Chancellor’s Office of the California Community Colleges to establish a grant program to provide funding to interested community colleges that, through a public-private partnership, establish a biological sciences incubator, as defined, on their campuses for the participation and benefit of their students. The bill would require the chancellor’s office to establish specific requirements for community colleges to be eligible for the grant moneys, and to work collaboratively with the community colleges that are interested in the program. The bill would also require the chancellor’s office to convene a group of stakeholders to obtain and provide the information that will be necessary to enable interested community colleges to implement the program.
The bill would appropriate, without regard to fiscal year, $5,000,000 from the General Fund to the Chancellor’s Office of the California Community Colleges for allocation to community college districts for purposes of the bill. The funds appropriated by this bill would be applied toward the minimum funding requirements for school districts and community college districts imposed by Section 8 of Article XVI of the California Constitution.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NOYES   Fiscal Committee: NOYES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Article 4.3 (commencing with Section 78273) is added to Chapter 2 of Part 48 of Division 7 of Title 3 of the Education Code, to read:
Article  4.3. Biological Sciences Incubator Programs

78273.
 (a) The Chancellor’s Office of the California Community Colleges shall establish a grant program to provide funding to interested community colleges that, through a public-private partnership, establish a biological sciences incubator on their campuses for the participation and benefit of their students. The chancellor’s office shall establish specific requirements for community colleges to be eligible for the grant moneys, and shall work collaboratively with the community colleges that are interested in the program. The chancellor’s office shall convene a group of stakeholders to obtain and provide the information that will be necessary to enable interested community colleges to implement the program.
(b) As used in this article, “biological sciences incubator” means a laboratory space where biotechnology research is conducted and where students may obtain academic knowledge and practical experience with participating biotechnology businesses.

SEC. 2.

 The sum of five million dollars ($5,000,000) is hereby appropriated, without regard to fiscal year, from the General Fund to the Chancellor’s Office of the California Community Colleges for allocation to community college districts for purposes of Article 4.3 (commencing with Section 78273) of Chapter 2 of Part 48 of Division 7 of Title 3 of the Education Code.
SECTION 1.

It is the intent of the Legislature to enact subsequent legislation that fosters the establishment of life science incubators on community college campuses throughout California.