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AB-2176 Free student transit passes: eligibility for state funding.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 02/11/2020 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 2176


Introduced by Assembly Member Holden

February 11, 2020


An act to add Section 66014.6 to the Education Code, and to add Chapter 2.5 (commencing with Section 99120) to Part 11 of Division 10 of the Public Utilities Code, relating to transportation.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2176, as introduced, Holden. Free student transit passes: eligibility for state funding.
Existing law declares that the fostering, continuance, and development of public transportation systems are a matter of state concern. Existing law authorizes the Department of Transportation to administer various programs and allocates moneys for various public transportation purposes.
This bill would require transit agencies to offer free student transit passes to persons attending the California Community Colleges, the California State University, or the University of California in order to be eligible for state funding under the Mills-Alquist-Deddeh Act, the State Transit Assistance Program, or the Low Carbon Transit Operations Program. The bill would also require a free student transit pass to count as a full price fare for purposes of calculating the ratio of fare revenues to operating costs.
The Donahoe Higher Education Act establishes the University of California, the California State University, and the California Community Colleges as the 3 segments of public postsecondary education in the state. The provisions of the act apply to the University of California only to the extent that the Regents of the University of California, by appropriate resolution, make them applicable.
This bill would prohibit the California Community Colleges, California State University, and University of California, if the regents adopt an appropriate resolution, from charging, as part of mandatory systemwide tuition or fees, students for any transit service offered by a transit agency required to provide free student transit passes pursuant to the above-described provisions.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 66014.6 is added to the Education Code, to read:

66014.6.
 The California Community Colleges, California State University, and University of California shall not charge, as part of mandatory systemwide tuition or fees, students for any transit service offered by a transit agency required to provide free student transit passes pursuant to Chapter 2.5 (commencing with Section 99120) of Part 11 of Division 10 of the Public Utilities Code.

SEC. 2.

 Chapter 2.5 (commencing with Section 99120) is added to Part 11 of Division 10 of the Public Utilities Code, to read:
CHAPTER  2.5. Free Student Transit Passes

99120.
 Notwithstanding any other law, a transit agency shall offer free student transit passes to persons attending the California Community Colleges, the California State University, or the University of California in order to be eligible for state funding under the Mills-Alquist-Deddeh Act (Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 99200)), the State Transit Assistance Program (Article 6.5 (commencing with Section 99310) of Chapter 4), or the Low Carbon Transit Operations Program created by Part 3 (commencing with Section 75230) of Division 44 of the Public Resources Code.

99121.
 A free student transit pass provided pursuant to Section 99120 shall count as a full price fare for purposes of calculating the ratio of fare revenues to operating costs.