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AB-709 Charter schools.(2015-2016)

Bill Status
Gipson (A)
Medina (A)
Charter schools.
An act to add Section 47604.1 to the Education Code, relating to charter schools.

Type of Measure
Inactive Bill - Vetoed
Majority Vote Required
Fiscal Committee
State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
09/30/16 Vetoed by Governor.
08/31/16 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m.
08/24/16 Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 46. Noes 31. Page 6244.).
08/19/16 In Assembly. Concurrence in Senate amendments pending. May be considered on or after August 21 pursuant to Assembly Rule 77.
08/19/16 Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Assembly. (Ayes 21. Noes 13. Page 5166.).
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Assembly:

I am returning Assembly Bill 709 without my signature.

This bill requires charter schools to be subject to the Brown Act, Public Records Act, Political Reform Act and Government Code section 1090.

In 2014, I vetoed AB 913, a virtually identical bill. My reasons then were:

Starting a charter school requires the strong commitment of dedicated individuals willing to serve on a governing board. While I support transparency, this bill goes further than simply addressing issues of potential conflicts of interest and goes too far in prescribing how these boards must operate.

That's still my view.


Edmund G. Brown Jr.