Assembly Member Sarah Reyes Named CSU Legislator of the Year

The California State University system and the CSU Alumni Council will honor Assembly Member Sarah Reyes, an alumna of CSU Fresno, with the CSU Legislator of the Year Award for her role forwarding higher education.

CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed will present the award on Feb. 20 during CSU Alumni Legislative Day at the Sacramento Convention Center.

Reyes has been an active leader in higher education in Sacramento. In her first term, she served as the chair of the Assembly Budget subcommittee responsible for education. During the 2001 legislative session, she authored the CSU sponsored bill, AB1689, giving the CSU system permanent authority to pay its vendors directly and in a timely manner. She also coauthored AB540, which makes higher education affordable to all California students.

"Reyes has been a strong supporter of increased access for students, academic preparation, and student outreach," said Chancellor Reed. "For her ongoing commitment to higher education, access and affordability, we are pleased to honor her with this distinguished award."

CSU Alumni Legislative Day is an annual activity of the CSU in Sacramento. Delegations from the 23 CSU campuses visit legislators in their offices to discuss higher education issues. This year's key issues are the need for a multi-year K-12/Higher Education bond measure and support for the 2002-03 California State University budget.

If approved, the bond measure will provide each segment of higher education with at least $330 million annually to build new facilities and retrofit existing facilities. This is critical to the universities ability to accommodate the 13,000 additional students expected to enter the CSU system annually throughout the decade.


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Last Updated: 19 February 2002

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