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AB-827 Department of Consumer Affairs: task force: foreign-trained professionals.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 04/03/2017 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  April 03, 2017
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 21, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 827


Introduced by Assembly Member Rubio

February 16, 2017


An act to add Section 110.5 to the Business and Professions Code, relating to professions and vocations.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 827, as amended, Rubio. Department of Consumer Affairs: task force: foreign-trained professionals.
Existing law provides for the licensure and regulation of various professions and vocations by boards within the Department of Consumer Affairs. Existing law establishes the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act, which requires state boards, commissions, and similar state-created multimember bodies to give public notice of meetings and conduct their meetings in public unless authorized to meet in closed session.
This bill, the California Opportunity Act of 2017, would require the Department of Consumer Affairs to create a task force, as specified, to study and write a report of its findings and recommendations regarding the licensing of foreign-trained professionals with the goal of integrating foreign-trained professionals into the state’s workforce, as specified. The bill would authorize the task force to hold hearings and invite testimony from experts and the public to gather information. The bill would require the task force to submit the report to the Legislature no later than January 1, 2019, as specified.
The bill also would require the task force to meet at least once each calendar quarter, as specified, and to hold its meetings in accordance with the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act. The bill would require each member of the task force to receive per diem and reimbursement for expenses incurred, as specified, and would require the task force to solicit input from a variety of government agencies, stakeholders, and the public, including, among others, the Little Hoover Commission and the California Workforce Development Board.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 This act shall be known as the California Opportunity Act of 2017.

SEC. 2.

 Section 110.5 is added to the Business and Professions Code, to read:

110.5.
 (a) The Department of Consumer Affairs shall create a task force to study and write the report described in subdivision (c) regarding the licensing of foreign-trained professionals with the goal of integrating foreign-trained professionals into the state’s workforce.
(b) The task force shall consist of the following 15 members:
(1) The Secretary of the Business Consumer Services, and Housing Agency, Director of Consumer Affairs, or his or her designee, who shall serve as the chair of the task force.
(2) One member appointed by the Governor.
(3) One member appointed by the President Pro pro Tempore of the Senate.
(4) One member appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly.
(5) One member of the Regents of the University of California.
(6) One member of the Trustees of the California State University.
(7) One member of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges.
(8) Four members appointed by the Governor who are representatives of the private sector from diverse regions in the state.
(9) Four members appointed by the Governor who are representatives of nonprofit organizations that serve the immigrant community from diverse regions in the state.
(c) (1) The task force shall write a report of its findings and recommendations regarding the licensing of foreign-trained professionals, that include, but are not limited to, the following:
(A) Strategies to integrate foreign-trained professionals and methods of implementing those strategies. strategies, including those recommended by the Little Hoover Commission in its October 2016 report entitled Jobs for Californians: Strategies to Ease Occupational Licensing Barriers (Report #234).
(B) Identification of state and national licensing regulations that potentially pose unnecessary barriers to practice for foreign-trained professionals, corresponding changes to state licensing requirements, and opportunities to advocate for corresponding changes to national licensing requirements.
(C) Identification of best practices learned from similar efforts to integrate foreign-trained professionals into the workforce in other states.
(2) The task force may include in the report guidelines for full licensure and conditional licensing of foreign-trained professionals.
(3) The task force may hold hearings and invite testimony from experts and the public to gather information.
(d) The task force shall submit the report described in subdivision (c) to the Legislature no later than January 1, 2019, and in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.
(e) The following shall also apply:
(1) The task force shall meet at least once each calendar quarter. The task force shall meet at least once in northern California, once in central California, and once in southern California to facilitate participation by the public.
(2) A majority of the appointed task force shall constitute a quorum. Task force meetings shall be held in accordance with the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act (Article 9 (commencing with Section 11120) of Chapter 1 of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code).
(3) (A) Each member shall receive a per diem of one hundred dollars ($100) for each day actually spent in the discharge of official duties, and shall be reimbursed for traveling and other expenses necessarily incurred in the performance of official duties.
(B) Notwithstanding any other law, a public officer or employee shall not receive per diem salary compensation for serving on the task force on any day when the officer or employee also received compensation for his or her regular public employment.
(4) The task force shall solicit input from a variety of government agencies, stakeholders, and the public, including, but not limited to, the following:
(A) The Little Hoover Commission.
(B) The California Workforce Development Board.
(C) The Department of Industrial Relations.
(D) In- and out-of-state licensing entities.
(E) Professional associations.
(F) Labor and workforce organizations.