The California State University (CSU) has sponsored several pieces of legislation for 2010:
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 nurses for the CSU and community college classrooms, and also nursing leadership roles. AB 867 moved out of the Assembly and the Senate policy committees and awaits further action by the Senate Appropriations Committee this summer.
AB 1890 (Committee on Higher Education) Lost Property: This proposal would reduce the length of time the CSU must hold property from six months to three months, consistent with other agencies and the UC. In addition, it would establish a monetary threshold of $300 for an item that must be kept or auctioned, and would allow items under this threshold to be donated as an alternative to a costly auction. AB 1890 passed the Higher Education Committee and will be heard next in appropriations on the consent calendar.
AB 1971 (Lowenthal) Affinity Programs: This measure extends the “sunset” on the ability of our alumni associations to operate affinity programs by five years – to 2014. AB 1971 has passed the Judiciary Committee and will be heard next in appropriations on the consent calendar.
AB 2075 (Committee on Higher Education) Prequalification for CSU Contractors: This proposal would increase the time period for CSU to complete the prequalification process from five calendar days to ten working days. This will allow the Capital Planning, Design and Construction department to better assure contractors a that their prequalification application will be processed before the bid date and increase the number of contractors available to do our public works projects. AB 2075 is on the consent calendar.
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) when the system settles with a potential plaintiff and would instead allow the CSU to manage claims directly through the CSU Office of Risk Management, removing a 15 percent surcharge imposed by VCGCB on top of any settlement fees. SB 1046 passed the education committee and has been referred to the Judiciary Committee consent calendar.
In addition, Cal State Northridge continues to oppose several measures including SB 330 (Yee), which would have a chilling effect on the ability of our campus to raise non-state revenue.
For a complete list of CSU “priority legislation” see http://ct2k2.capitoltrack.com/report.asp?rptid=U32960
Assemblymember Bob Blumenfield’s bill -- AB 2382: California State University: Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees passed the higher education committee and will next be heard in the Business, Professions, and Consumer Protection Committee. While the CSU has not taken a position on this legislation, it would affect Cal State Northridge by allowing the granting of professional doctorates in Physical Therapy at CSU campuses. Cal State Northridge has one of the four PT programs in the CSU. The Physical Therapy profession is taking the lead on securing support and passage of this legislation.