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SB-354 Special education: individualized education programs: translation services.(2017-2018)

Bill Status
Portantino (S)
Thurmond (A)
Gonzalez Fletcher (A)
Special education: individualized education programs: translation services.
An act to amend Sections 56026.3, 56028, 56043, and 56341.5 of, and to add Section 56348 to, the Education Code, relating to special education.

Type of Measure
Active Bill - In Floor Process
Majority Vote Required
Fiscal Committee
State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
09/26/18 In Senate. Consideration of Governor's veto pending.
09/26/18 Vetoed by the Governor.
09/06/18 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m.
08/30/18 Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 33. Noes 6. Page 6023.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling.
08/29/18 In Senate. Concurrence in Assembly amendments pending.
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Senate:

I am returning Senate Bill 354 without my signature.

This bill requires local schools, upon a parent's request, to translate a student's individualized education program (IEP) and other related documents prepared as part of their special education services in the native language of the parent within 30 days of the IEP meeting.

I cannot support this bill. Current law requires that non-English speaking parents understand their child's IEP, and in fact gives parents the right to have an interpreter present at their child's IEP meetings. To the extent that this is not sufficient, I think the remedy is best handled at the local school district.


Edmund G. Brown Jr.