AB 901

  • California Assembly Bill
  • 2019-2020 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Assembly
  • Passed Assembly May 29, 2019
  • Passed Senate Aug 24, 2020
  • Signed by Governor Sep 30, 2020

Bill Subjects

Juveniles.

Abstract

(1) Existing law authorizes a pupil to be referred to a school attendance review board, or to the probation department for services if the probation department has elected to receive these referrals, if the pupil is habitually truant, a chronic absentee, or is habitually insubordinate or disorderly at school. Existing law requires the school attendance review board or probation officer to direct those pupils or their parents or guardians to make use of community services, if available. Upon a determination that available community services cannot resolve the problem of truancy or insubordination, existing law authorizes the school attendance review board or probation officer to notify the district attorney in a county that has elected to participate in a truancy mediation program. In a county that has not elected to participate in a truancy mediation program, existing law authorizes the county superintendent of schools to petition the juvenile court on behalf of a pupil for proper disposition of a case. In a county that has not established a school attendance review board, existing law authorizes the school district to notify the district attorney or probation officer, as specified, that available community resources cannot resolve the problem of truancy or insubordination. This bill would eliminate the authority of the county superintendent of schools to petition the juvenile court on behalf of a pupil, as described above, in a county that has not elected to participate in a truancy mediation program. (2) Existing law requires a pupil who has once been adjudged an habitual truant or habitually insubordinate or disorderly during attendance at school by the juvenile court who is reported as truant, as specified, to be brought to the attention of the juvenile court and the pupil's probation or parole officer. Existing law authorizes the court to render judgment that a parent or guardian of an insubordinate or disorderly pupil deliver the pupil to school daily, as specified. Existing law authorizes the suspension of that judgment upon the execution of a bond in the amount of $200. This bill would revise and recast those provisions to repeal the requirements that those habitually truant, insubordinate, or disorderly pupils be brought to the attention of the juvenile court and the pupil's probation or parole officer. The bill would repeal the authority of the court to require the delivery of a pupil who is insubordinate or disorderly to school daily and the respective bond provisions. (3) Existing law permits a probation department to engage in activities designed to prevent juvenile delinquency, including rendering direct and indirect services to persons in the community. Under existing law, a probation department is not limited to providing services only to those persons who are on probation and under supervision, but is authorized to provide these services to any juveniles in the community. This bill would clarify that these services or programs that are offered to minors or minors' parents or guardians who are not on probation are voluntary, as specified, and would prohibit a probation department from taking specified actions as part of providing those services or programs to minors not on probation, including, among other things, maintaining a formal or informal caseload or creating mandated probation conditions. (4) Existing law places a person who is between 12 and 17 years of age within the jurisdiction of the juvenile court for certain offenses, including, among others, that the person habitually refuses to obey the reasonable and proper orders or directions of their parents or is habitually truant, as specified. Existing law authorizes a juvenile court to adjudge a person under these circumstances to be a ward of the court. Existing law authorizes a peace officer or school administrator to issue a notice to appear to a minor who is within the jurisdiction of the juvenile court pursuant to this provision. This bill would delete the authority of the juvenile court to adjudge a minor to be a ward of the court on the basis that the minor habitually refuses to obey the reasonable and proper orders or directions of school authorities. Prior to issuing a notice to appear under these provisions, the bill would instead require a peace officer to refer a minor under their jurisdiction to a community-based resource, the probation department, a health agency, a local educational agency, or other governmental entities that may provide services. To the extent the bill would impose new duties on peace officers, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. Existing law also authorizes a probation officer or district attorney to petition the court to make a truant minor a ward of the court after the conclusion of certain meetings with the minor's parents or guardians. Existing law authorizes truancy mediation programs to be established by the district attorney or the probation officer. The bill would require the district attorney and the probation officer to cooperate in determining whether another public agency, a community-based organization, the probation department, or the district attorney is best able to operate those truancy mediation programs, as specified. By imposing new duties on local entities, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. (5) Upon receipt of an application to commence proceedings in the juvenile court, as specified, existing law requires a probation officer to make any investigation the officer deems necessary to determine whether proceedings in the juvenile court should be commenced. Existing law requires the probation officer to make a referral for family services, if determined appropriate. This bill would require the probation officer to refer the youth to services provided by a community-based resource, the probation department, a health agency, a local educational agency, or other governmental entities that may provide services. By imposing new duties on probation officers, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. (6) Existing law requires a probation officer to cause an affidavit to be taken within 48 hours to a prosecuting attorney in certain cases, including, but not limited to, when the minor has previously been placed in informal probation. This bill would repeal the requirement that the probation officer cause an affidavit to be filed under that circumstance. (7) Existing law authorizes a probation officer who, after investigation of an application for a petition or any other investigation the probation officer is authorized to make, concludes that a minor is within the jurisdiction of the juvenile court, or will probably soon be within that jurisdiction, to, in lieu of filing a petition to declare a minor a dependent child of the court or a ward of the court, or requesting that a petition be filed by the prosecuting attorney to declare a minor a ward of the court, as specified, with consent of the minor and the minor's parent or guardian, delineate specific programs of supervision for the minor, not to exceed 6 months, and attempt to adjust the situation that brings the minor within the jurisdiction of the court or creates the probability that the minor will soon be within that jurisdiction. Existing law requires the probation officer to immediately file a petition or request the filing of a petition upon the failure of a minor to participate in those programs, as specified. Existing law requires the program of supervision to require the parents or guardians of the minor to participate with the minor in counseling or education programs and specifies that the minor's parents may be required to reimburse the county for the cost of services rendered to the minor's family. Existing law also authorizes the probation officer to maintain and operate counseling and education centers, and requires the probation officer to prepare followup reports with respect to programs of supervision undertaken pursuant to these provisions. This bill would instead authorize a probation officer who concludes that a minor is within the jurisdiction of the juvenile court or would come within the jurisdiction of the court if a petition was filed, in lieu of filing a petition to declare a minor a ward of the court or requesting that a petition be filed by the prosecuting attorney to declare a minor a ward of the court, as specified, to refer the minor to services provided by a health agency, community-based organization, local educational agency, an appropriate non-law-enforcement agency, or the probation department. The bill would authorize, instead of require, the filing of a petition for the failure of a minor to participate in those programs, as specified. The bill would instead require the program of supervision under these provisions to encourage the parents or guardians of the minor to participate with the minor in counseling or education programs and delete the authority for the minor's parents to be required to reimburse the county for the cost of services rendered to the minor's family. The bill would also revise and recast the provision that authorizes counseling and education centers, and would further authorize the probation officer to contract with certain entities to provide vocational training or skills, counseling and mental health resources, educational supports, and arts, recreation, and other youth development services. (8) The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement. This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.

Bill Sponsors (5)

Votes


Actions


Sep 30, 2020

California State Legislature

Approved by the Governor.

California State Legislature

Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 323, Statutes of 2020.

Aug 31, 2020

California State Legislature

Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 5 p.m.

Aug 26, 2020

Assembly

Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 52. Noes 12. Page 5228.).

Aug 24, 2020

Assembly

In Assembly. Concurrence in Senate amendments pending. May be considered on or after August 26 pursuant to Assembly Rule 77.

Senate

Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Assembly. (Ayes 27. Noes 7. Page 4298.).

Aug 14, 2020

Senate

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

Aug 13, 2020

Senate

Read third time and amended. Ordered to second reading.

Jul 29, 2020

Senate

Ordered to third reading.

Senate

From committee: That the measure be returned to Senate Floor for consideration. (Ayes 4. Noes 0.) (July 29)

Mar 18, 2020

Senate

In committee: Hearing postponed by committee.

Sep 11, 2019

Senate

In committee: That the measure be held in committee pursuant to Senate Rule 29.10.

Sep 09, 2019

Senate

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

Senate

From committee: Be re-referred to Com. on ED. pursuant to Senate Rule 29.10(b). (Ayes 5. Noes 0.) Re-referred to Com. on ED.

  • Committee-Passage
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on ED. pursuant to Senate Rule 29.10(b). (Ayes 5. Noes 0.) Re-referred to Com. on ED.

Senate

Re-referred to Com. on RLS. pursuant to Senate Rule 29.10(b).

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on RLS. pursuant to Senate Rule 29.10(b).

Sep 06, 2019

Senate

Read third time and amended. Ordered to second reading.

Aug 30, 2019

Senate

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

Senate

From committee: Do pass. (Ayes 5. Noes 2.) (August 30).

Aug 19, 2019

Senate

In committee: Referred to APPR. suspense file.

  • Referral-Committee
APPR APPR. suspense file.

Aug 13, 2019

Senate

Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Reading-1
  • Reading-2
  • Amendment-Passage
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on APPR.

Aug 12, 2019

Senate

From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 6. Noes 0.) (July 10).

Jul 02, 2019

Senate

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on ED. (Ayes 5. Noes 1.) (July 2). Re-referred to Com. on ED.

  • Committee-Passage-Favorable
  • Committee-Passage
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on ED.

Jun 20, 2019

Senate

From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to committee. Read second time, amended, and re-referred to Com. on PUB. S.

  • Reading-1
  • Reading-2
  • Amendment-Passage
  • Referral-Committee
  • Amendment-Introduction
Com. on PUB. S.

Jun 12, 2019

Senate

Referred to Coms. on PUB. S. and ED.

  • Referral-Committee
Coms. on PUB. S. and ED.

May 30, 2019

Senate

In Senate. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment.

May 29, 2019

Assembly

Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Senate. (Ayes 42. Noes 27. Page 2113.)

May 20, 2019

Assembly

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

May 16, 2019

Assembly

From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended. (Ayes 11. Noes 4.) (May 16).

Assembly

Read second time and amended. Ordered returned to second reading.

Apr 10, 2019

Assembly

In committee: Set, first hearing. Referred to APPR. suspense file.

  • Referral-Committee
APPR APPR. suspense file.

Mar 26, 2019

Assembly

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 6. Noes 1.) (March 26). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Committee-Passage-Favorable
  • Committee-Passage
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on APPR.

Mar 04, 2019

Assembly

Referred to Com. on PUB. S.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on PUB. S.

Feb 21, 2019

Assembly

From printer. May be heard in committee March 23.

Feb 20, 2019

Assembly

Read first time. To print.

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
AB901 HTML
02/20/19 - Introduced PDF
05/16/19 - Amended Assembly PDF
06/20/19 - Amended Senate PDF
08/13/19 - Amended Senate PDF
09/06/19 - Amended Senate PDF
08/13/20 - Amended Senate PDF
08/27/20 - Enrolled PDF
09/30/20 - Chaptered PDF

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