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SB-968 Postsecondary education: mental health counselors.(2017-2018)

Bill Status
Pan (S)
Bonta (A)
Gonzalez Fletcher (A)
Postsecondary education: mental health counselors.
An act to add Section 66027.7 to the Education Code, relating to postsecondary education.

Type of Measure
Active Bill - In Floor Process
Majority Vote Required
Fiscal Committee
Non-State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
11/30/18 Last day to consider Governor’s veto pursuant to Joint Rule 58.5.
09/23/18 In Senate. Consideration of Governor's veto pending.
09/23/18 Vetoed by the Governor.
09/10/18 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m.
08/30/18 Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 39. Noes 0. Page 6058.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling.
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Senate:

I am returning Senate Bill 968 without my signature. The bill would prescribe a minimum mental health counselor-to-student ratio at all the campuses of the California State University system, and request the University of California to implement the same ratio on its campuses.

Investing greater resources in student mental health is an understandable goal. Such investments, however, should be actively considered and made within the budget process. Moreover, specific ratios should remain within the purview of the boards or with local campuses, rather than dictated by the state.


Edmund G. Brown Jr.