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Governor Approves New Public Safety Laws Affecting Cities, Schools and Other Public Agencies

In September 2018, Governor Jerry Brown signed three new bills addressing public agency response to disasters and emergencies including school violence.

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School Resource Officers Try to Teach Students a Lesson – and It Backfires

In Scott v. County of San Bernardino

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FCC Threatens Public Agencies’ Local Control Over Next-Gen Cellular Deployment

In anticipation of the wave of next-generation cellular technology, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted a Declaratory Ruling and Third Report and Order significantly preempting state and local control over the use of public rights of way for the deployment of "small wireless facilities" (i.e., micro cellular antennas and equipment).

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Directory and Personal Information Must Be Withheld from Board Meeting Minutes upon Request

Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law Senate Bill (SB) 1036, which will allow parents and adult pupils to prevent the governing board of a local education agency from including the directory and personal information of a student and/or the student's family in the governing board's meeting minutes. SB 1036 is set to take effect on January 1, 2019.

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Mandatory Prequalification on Certain School District Projects is Here to Stay

California has extended a school district prequalification requirement that was nearing sunset. Prequalification of general contractors and mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineers on certain school district projects has been mandatory since January 1, 2015.

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New Law Indefinitely Extends Community College Use of Best Value Process in Bidding

An expiring law allowing special bidding procedures for community college districts has been amended and extended. Although competitive bidding is the default rule for procurement of personal property and non-construction related services by community college districts and other public agencies, under Public Contract Code section 20651.7, a community college district is allowed to award bids on th

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New Law Updates Bidding Preferences for Various Public Agencies

The Legislature has significantly expanded local agencies' ability to use a small business preferences on a public works projects, and has expanded the use of preferences for small businesses, disabled veterans businesses and social enterprises in some counties.

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Bathrooms Are No Longer Acceptable Lactation Accommodations

Beginning January 1, 2019, employers will have to make reasonable efforts to provide employees with the use of a room or location, other than a bathroom, as a lactation accommodation.

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Updates to Food Service and Nutrition Laws Affecting Students

Numerous California laws surrounding food service funding and nutritional guidelines for school districts, charter schools, and county offices of education are set to change next school year.

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