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Talking about General Education: The first in a series of courageous conversations
Capitol Watch
The California State University Emeriti and Retired Faculty Association (CSUERFA)
STAR act (SB 1440): Call for discipline faculty course reviewers
Resolution Summaries
Thomas Krabacher (Sacramento)

The 2015-2016 California Legislature adjourned on September 2nd, at which time all bills approved by the Senate and Assembly were sent to the Governor’s desk (or said to be “Enrolled”) for his signature. The Governor had until September 30th to sign a bill into law, veto it, or allow it to automatically become law by taking no action.

The table below summarizes ultimate disposition of those 2016 bills identified as of interest to the ASCSU at its March 2016 plenary (AS-3248-16/FGA). A bill listed as “Chaptered” has been signed into law by the Governor.

Regarding all other bills:  Bills not listed as Enrolled or Chaptered did not clear the legislature and have no chance of becoming law this year; this applies to the majority of the bills listed below.  Reasons for this are varied:  the author requested the hearing be postponed, it was never assigned to a policy committee, a committee never took up the bill, it was inactive (i.e., was never taken up in the legislative process), or it was held on “suspense” (i.e., the relevant fiscal committee chose not to fund it).

 

Also note the unique case of ACR 158 (Holden):   Assembly Concurrent Resolutions (ACRs) are not bills designed to establish state policy or law, but are merely statements of the intent of the legislature on a particular topic and carry no legal weight.  (They often foreshadow future legislation on the subject, however).  As such they are not subject to the usual legislative review process and may be brought up for consideration at any time. This was the case with ACR 158 (Holden), which dealt with undergraduate transfer and proved to be of considerable concern to the ASCSU.  It wasn’t introduced until after the ASCSU March plenary, however, and didn’t become active until midsummer; thus it wasn’t on the Academic Senate’s original priority watch list.

 

And a final note: Those bills originally introduced as placeholder, or “spot” bills, are marked with an asterisk.  The ASCSU position on the bill in such cases is “watch.”

 

For those interested in the specifics of the bill language or its history, follow the links provided for each bill below.

 

Bill

Bill Author

Subject

Disposition

ASCSU position

SB 15

Block

Postsecondary Education: Graduation Initiative Grant Program

Held in committee

Watch

SB 412

(Previously

 SB 1450)

Glazer

California Promise (4-yr degree guarantee)

Chaptered

Oppose

SB 915

Liu

Teacher Recruitment: California Center on Teaching Careers

Held in committee

Watch

SB 933

Allen

Teachers: California Teachers Corps Act of 2016

Held in committee

Watch

SB 1045*

McGuire

Early Start

Never taken up by committee

Watch

SB 1123

Leyva

Pupil Instruction: High School Graduation Requirements

Chaptered

Watch

SB 1412

Block

CSU Investments

Chaptered

Watch

SB 1439*

Block

Postsecondary Education: Sexual Harassment protection

Chaptered

Watch

SB 1445

Hertzberg

Taxation

Held in committee

Support in Concept

AB 1582

Allen

Conflict of Interest/Textbook Royalties

Hearing canceled by author

Watch

AB 1594

McCarty

Non-Smoking/Non-
Vaping Campuses

Vetoed by Governor

Watch

AB 1721

Medina

Student Financial Aid: Cal Grant Program

Held in committee

Support

AB 1756

Bonilla

Teacher Credentialing: Integrated Preparation Programs

Held in committee

Watch

AB 1778

Quirk

Sexual Assault Training

Vetoed by Governor

Support

AB 1837

Low

 Office of Higher Education Performance and Accountability

Held in committee

Watch

AB 1914

Bonilla

Public Postsecondary Education: Access Codes

Chaptered

Watch

AB 2019

Santiago

State Employee Salary Adjustments: Bargaining Unit 3

Held in committee

Watch

AB 2122

McCarty

California Classified School Employee Teacher Credentialing Program

Held in committee

Watch

AB 2132*

Baker

Postsecondary education

Never taken up by committee

Watch

AB 2137*

Santiago

Postsecondary education:  student transfer process

Chaptered

Watch

AB 2156

Levine

Regional Workforce Coordination

Held in committee

Watch

AB 2157*

Baker

Postsecondary education

Never taken up by committee

Watch

AB 2163

Low

(Williams)

Appointment of Campus Presidents Irrigation (repurposed)

Held in committee

Support

AB 2210

Harper

California State University: Student Success Fees

Failed in committee

Watch

AB 2214

Harper

Postsecondary Education: Faculty Royalty Income Disclosure

Held in committee

Oppose

AB 2248

Holden

Teacher Credentialing: Out-of-State

Chaptered

Watch

AB 2317

Mullin

California State University: Doctor of Audiology Degree

Chaptered

Watch

AB 2352

Rodriguez

Baccalaureate Degree Pilot Program at Crafton Hills College

Held in committee

Oppose

AB 2419

Jones

The New University of California

Failed in committee

Oppose

AB 2386*

Garcia

CSU Staff Trustee

Vetoed by Governor

 

Watch

AB 2434

Bonta

Higher Education Policy: Improving Affordability, Accessibility, & Coordination

Held in committee

Watch

AB 2646*

Mayes

Postsecondary education

Never taken up by committee

Watch

AB 2681

O’Donnell

Postsecondary Education

Held in committee

Watch

AB 2706

Wilk

Teachers: Credentialing

Held in committee

Watch

AB 2786

Chavez

Public Postsecondary Baccalaureate Education: 4-yr Degree

Held in committee

Watch

AB 2850*

O’Donnell

Postsecondary Education

Held in committee

Watch

 

 

 

 

 

ACR 158

Holden

Undergraduate Student Transfer

Chaptered

No position taken

 

 

You can monitor the process of any given bill and committee hearing schedules at either senate.ca.gov or assembly.ca.gov.