BILL NUMBER: AB 24 AMENDED
AMENDED IN SENATE SEPTEMBER 1, 2009
AMENDED IN SENATE JULY 23, 2009
AMENDED IN SENATE JULY 1, 2009
AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY JUNE 1, 2009
AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY FEBRUARY 26, 2009
INTRODUCED BY Assembly Member Block
(Principal coauthor: Assembly Member Salas)
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Ma and Saldana)
DECEMBER 1, 2008
An act to
amend Section 89320 of, and to add
Section 89013 to , the Education Code, relating to
the California State University.
LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST
AB 24, as amended, Block. California State University: feasibility
study: Chula Vista: student religious creed.
Existing law establishes the various segments of the
public higher education system in the state. These segments include
the University of California, which is administered by the Regents of
the University of California, the California State University, which
is administered by the Trustees of the California State University,
and the California Community Colleges, which is administered by the
Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges.
This bill would require the Chancellor of the California State
University , by July 1, 2011, to complete and
submit to the trustees a study about the feasibility of a California
State University satellite program, and ultimately, an independent
California State University campus, at Chula Vista , within 18
months after the date that the trustees certify that sufficient funds
are available to conduct the study. The bill would require funding
for the study to be derived solely from nonstate sources . If
the trustees decide that a new campus or off-campus center is needed
at Chula Vista, the trustees would be required to submit a formal
needs study to the California Postsecondary Education Commission.
(2) Existing law requires the Trustees of the California State
University to require each state university to permit a student to
take a test at a time when it would not violate the student's
religious creed. Existing law provides that this requirement does not
apply if providing an alternative time to take the test would create
an undue hardship.
This bill would redefine the undue hardship exception to specify
the circumstances that constitute an undue hardship is.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes.
State-mandated local program: no.
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
SECTION 1. Section 89013 is added to the Education Code, to read:
89013. (a) The Chancellor of the California State University
shall conduct a study about the feasibility of a California State
University satellite program, and ultimately, an independent
California State University campus, at Chula Vista. The study shall
include all of the following:
(1) Ten-year enrollment projections and physical capacity
(2) Regional workforce needs.
(3) Prospective economic impact and job creation in the region.
(4) Infrastructure availability.
(5) The potential alleviation of overcrowding and traffic at the
San Diego State University campus.
(6) Considerations of plausible alternatives.
(7) Academic planning and program justification.
(8) A description of proposed student services and student
(9) Support and capital outlay budget projections.
(10) Geographic and physical accessibility.
(11) Environmental and social impacts.
(12) Effects on other educational institutions.
(b) The chancellor shall complete and submit the study to the
trustees by July 1, 2011.
(b) Funding for the study required by subdivision (a) shall be
derived solely from nonstate sources. The chancellor shall complete
and submit the study to the trustees within 18 months after the date
that the trustees certify that sufficient funds are available to
conduct the study.
(c) If the trustees determine there is a need for a new campus or
off-campus center at Chula Vista, the trustees shall submit a formal
needs study to the California Postsecondary Education Commission
pursuant to Section 66904.
SEC. 2. Section 89320 of the Education Code is
amended to read:
89320. (a) The Trustees of the California State University shall
require each state university, in administering any test or
examination, to permit any student who is eligible to undergo the
test or examination to do so, without penalty, at a time when that
activity would not violate the student's religious creed.
(b) Subdivision (a) does not apply if the trustees or their
designee determine that administering the test or examination at an
alternate time would impose an undue hardship. Either of the
following circumstances constitute an undue hardship:
(1) Expense in administering the test at a different time that
creates a substantial financial burden for the institution.
(2) Substantial disruption to the educational mission of the
institution caused by administering the test at a different time.
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