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AB-532 California State University Parking Fairness Act.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 03/12/2019 04:00 AM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  March 11, 2019

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 532


Introduced by Assembly Member Weber

February 13, 2019


An act to add Section 66608 to the Education Code, relating to public postsecondary education.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 532, as amended, Weber. California State University Parking Fairness Act.
Existing law establishes the California State University and its various campuses under the administration of the Board of Trustees of the California State University. The California State University comprises 23 institutions of higher education located throughout the state.
This bill would require each university campus of the California State University to make the purchase price of each student parking permit lower than the purchase price of any campus employee parking permit that is valid for the same date or dates, time period or periods, and general location or locations on campus as the student permit. The bill would express the intent of the Legislature that the parking rates set pursuant to this bill be implemented no later than the 2022–23 academic year.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 (a) The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(1) Research conducted at Stanford University found that state colleges, including California State University (CSU) campuses, offer the most proven pathways to upward social mobility.
(2) The main barrier to student success in the CSU system is a student’s ability to afford all of the costs of college attendance.
(3) In the CSU system, a student has to find a way to afford tuition, campus-based fees, books, supplies, housing, food, personal costs, and transportation.
(4) A key cost with respect to transportation for CSU students is the cost to park on campus.
(5) On all CSU campuses, students pay more for parking than any other campus affiliate at a time when students are struggling more than ever to afford college.
(6) According to the CSU, 2 in 5 CSU students experience chronic hunger and 1 in 10 experiences homelessness. Underrepresented minority students experience these issues at higher rates than nonminority students.
(7) At the same time, student debt is increasing. The total outstanding student loan debt in the United States is $1,200,000,000,000, the second-highest level of consumer debt behind only mortgages. Most student loan debt is held by the federal government.
(8) For the 2015–16 academic year, nearly 8 out of every 10 CSU baccalaureate degree recipients who borrowed federal student loan moneys had annual family incomes no greater than $54,000, and almost two-thirds had annual family incomes less than $27,000.
(9) At CSU, underrepresented graduates of color are disproportionately more likely to have debt than their white peers.
(b) Therefore, it is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to reduce the cost to a CSU student to park on campus relative to any other campus affiliate. that adjusts the current parking rates so that the parking rates paid by CSU students no longer subsidize the parking rates of campus affiliates.

SEC. 2.

 Section 66608 is added to the Education Code, to read:

66608.
 (a) This section shall be known, and may be cited, as the California State University Parking Fairness Act.
(b) For purposes of this section, “campus affiliate” means an employee, including a staff or faculty member or an administrator, at a California State University campus.
(c) Each California State University campus shall make the purchase price of each student parking permit lower than the purchase price of any campus affiliate parking permit that is valid for the same date or dates, time period or periods, and general location or locations on campus as the student permit.
(d) It is the intent of the Legislature that the parking rates set pursuant to this section be implemented no later than the 2022–23 academic year.