Opposition to AB 1561 (R. Hernandez), SB 952, (Alquist), and SB 967 (Yee) – Executive and Administrative Compensation

AS-3055-12/FGA (Rev)

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU) oppose Assembly bill 1561(R. Hernandez) and Senate bills 952 (Alquist) and 967 (Yee).

DISTRIBUTION: The CSU Board of Trustees of the California State University, the legislators named in the title, Senate Education Committee, Assembly Higher Education Committee, Campus Presidents, and Campus Senate Chairs.

RATIONALE: Each of these bills deals with personnel issues in the California
State University. Specifically:

Through its elected representatives, the citizens of the State of California have established a Board of Trustees to oversee the CSU and to ensure that their interests and the interests of the state are safeguarded with regard to the operations of the University. Board members include the Governor, the President of the Senate (Lieutenant Governor), the Speaker of the Assembly, and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. The majority of the Board members have been confirmed by the Senate.

The ASCSU maintains that CSU personnel issues are matters involving the internal operations of the University and are thus, properly, the responsibility of the Board of Trustees, including issues of compensation. While the public and the legislature, as citizens of the state of California, have the right to voice their concerns over actions taken by the Board, such concerns are more appropriately addressed through the Board of Trustees and not by direct legislative involvement in the internal operations of the CSU.

Approved – March 15-16, 2012


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