Public Affairs

CSU Legislative Update 2010

September 10, 2010

Several measures the CSU sponsored or supports have made their way through the legislature and are awaiting final action by the governor. Below is an update regarding the various bills:

AB 867 (Nava) California State University: Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree: This proposal would allow the CSU to offer the Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree to prepare nursing faculty for the CSU and community college nursing programs.

This measure was passed by both the Senate (31 to 1) and the Assembly (76 to 0) and is awaiting final action by the governor.

AB 2382 (Blumenfield) California State University: Doctor of Physical Therapy Degrees: This measure would grant the CSU the authority to award the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.

The measure passed the Assembly (72 to 4) and Senate (35 to 0) and is now before the governor.

AB 1890 (Committee on Higher Education) Lost Property: This proposal would reduce the length of time the CSU must hold lost property from six months to three months, consistent with other public agencies. In addition, it would establish a monetary threshold of $300 for items that must be kept or auctioned and those under this threshold could be donated immediately to nonprofit organizations.

AB 1890 was unanimously approved by the legislature and approved by the governor and chaptered by the secretary of state on August 27.

AB 1971 (Lowenthal) Affinity Programs: This measure extends the "sunset" for affinity programs and services from 2011 to 2014.

AB 1971 was unanimously approved by the legislature and approved by the governor and chaptered by the secretary of state on August 27.

SB 1046 (Cogdill) Modification to Claim Filing Process: This proposal would remove the CSU from the jurisdiction of the Victims Compensation Government Claims Board (VCGCB) allowing the CSU to manage claims directly through the CSU Office of Risk Management, eliminating unnecessary costs.

SB 1046 was passed out of the legislature with unanimous support and is now before the governor for final action.

SB 1440 (Padilla) California Community Colleges: Student Transfer: This bill authorizes the California Community Colleges to grant an associate degree in a student's field of study that is designated as being "for transfer". Additionally, it prohibits community college and the CSU faculty from imposing additional units and requiring students to repeat similar courses for such degrees.

This measure has been approved unanimously throughout the legislative process, including on the Assembly floor (73 to 0) and Senate floor (34 to 0). The measure now awaits final signing by the governor.

AB 2302 (Fong) Postsecondary Education: Student Transfer: This measure is considered a complement to SB 1440 (Padilla) encouraging UC to improve transfers to their system from the CCCs and asking the CCC and CSU to determine the best way to provide students information on similar programs.

This measure has been approved unanimously on the Assembly floor (75 to 0) and Senate floor (29 to 0) and now awaits final signing by the governor.