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AB-453 Postsecondary education: student hunger.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 03/24/2017 04:00 AM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  March 23, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 453


Introduced by Assembly Member Limón

February 13, 2017


An act to add Section 66027.8 to the Education Code, relating to postsecondary education.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 453, as amended, Limón. Postsecondary education: student hunger.
Under existing law, the 3 segments of public postsecondary education in this state are the University of California, under the administration of the Regents of the University of California, the California State University, under the administration of the Trustees of the California State University, and the California Community Colleges, under the administration of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges. Existing law, known as the Donahoe Higher Education Act, establishes the missions and functions of these segments. The provisions of the Donahoe Higher Education Act apply to the University of California only to the extent that the Regents of the University of California, by resolution, make them applicable.
This bill would require the trustees and the board of governors, and would encourage the regents, to designate as a “hungry free campus” each of its respective campuses that meet specified criteria. The bill would provide that each campus that receives the designation shall receive a funding incentive.

Existing law establishes the California State University, under the administration of the Trustees of the California State University; the University of California, under the administration of the Regents of the University of California; the California Community Colleges, under the administration of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges; and independent institutions of higher education as the 4 segments of postsecondary education in this state.

This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would address student hunger in California’s higher education institutions.

Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NOYES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 66027.8 is added to the Education Code, to read:

66027.8.
 (a) For the purposes of this section, “program” means a student meal plan donation program.
(b) The Trustees of the California State University shall, and the Regents of the University of California are encouraged to, designate as a “hungry free campus” each of its respective campuses that have all of the following:
(1) A campus employee designated to help students enroll in CalFresh.
(2) A campus pantry.
(3) A program at the campus. The program shall allow students to donate their unused meal plans for students in need. Moneys from donated meal plans not used by students in need shall be donated to supply the campus pantry.
(4) A campus employee designated as a point-of-contact for the program described in paragraph (3) to assist students.
(c) The Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges shall designate as a “hungry free campus” each of its campuses that have both of the following:
(1) A campus employee designated to help students enroll in CalFresh.
(2) A campus pantry.
(d) Each campus that receives a “hungry free campus” designation pursuant to subdivision (b) or (c) shall receive a funding incentive.

SECTION 1.

It is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would address student hunger in California’s higher education institutions.