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SB-478 Public postsecondary education: transfer of community college students to the California State University or University of California.(2017-2018)

Bill Status
Portantino (S)
An act to add Section 66722.2 to the Education Code, relating to public postsecondary 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
03/03/18 Last day to consider Governor’s veto pursuant to Joint Rule 58.5.
10/13/17 In Senate. Consideration of Governor's veto pending.
10/13/17 Vetoed by the Governor.
09/15/17 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3:30 p.m.
09/11/17 Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 30. Noes 10. Page 2692.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling.
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Senate:

I am returning Senate Bill 478 without my signature.

This bill would require each community college to identify all students who have completed the requirements for an associate degree for transfer and automatically award that degree, but only in those years where the state budget appropriates specific funds for this purpose.

I support efforts to increase the number of transfer students to the California State University and the University of California, as well as to other four-year private universities, but funding a sporadic, manual "degree audit" is not the answer.

It would be better for community colleges to update their technology systems and processes in total, so that all students know how close they are to completing their degrees.


Edmund G. Brown Jr.