Initial 2015 Legislative Advocacy Positions of the Academic Senate of the California State University
ATTACHMENT TO AS-3204-15/FGA
That the Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU) adopt the positions on bills currently under consideration in the California Legislature as identified in the document titled Academic Senate of the California State University, Positions on Proposed Bills in the California State Legislature – 2015; and be it further
That these adopted positions guide ASCSU advocacy activities during the 2015 legislative calendar; and be it further
That if a change in the ASCSU position on a bill is warranted and, due to time or other constraints, consultation with the Academic Senate is not possible, the ASCSU Executive Committee is empowered to act on behalf of the Senate, in accordance with resolution AS-3148-13/FGA (Rev) (http://www.calstate.edu/AcadSen/Records/Resolutions/2013-2014/documents/3148.pdf) and the ASCSU Bylaws, while exercising due diligence to keep the Academic Senate informed of such actions; and be it further
That the ASCSU distribute this resolution and document to the CSU Board of Trustees, CSU Office of the Chancellor, CSU Chancellor, CSU campus Presidents, CSU campus Senate Chairs, CSU Emeritus & Retired Faculty Association (ERFA), California Faculty Association (CFA), Academic Senate for the California Community Colleges, Academic Senate of the University of California, California State Student Association (CSSA), and California Governor Brown.
RATIONALE: This resolution is part of the 2015 ASCSU Legislative Advocacy strategy developed by the Senate in accordance with its advocacy guidelines adopted in Fall 2013. Its purpose is to assist the Academic Senate and its members to be effective and to respond quickly to proposed legislation during the key March-May period of the legislative calendar. During this period, bills are heard in committee in their House of origin, and efforts to shape and influence the bills are likely to be most effective at this time.
Under the California state legislative calendar, proposed legislation is not introduced until late February. It has been the practice of ASCSU to establish its position on legislation by means of resolutions addressing individual bills, which limits the number of bills to which the Academic Senate can respond meaningfully. In addition, Senate legislative positions have not been established until the May plenary due to our practice of first and second readings. By that time, important discussion on the bills in the legislative committees has already occurred. This resolution establishes official ASCSU positions on a wide range of bills early in the legislative process in order to enable the Academic Senate to participate more effectively in bill development.
Approved Unanimously – March 20, 2015