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AB-1560 Distance learning: pupil access: computing devices and broadband internet service.(2021-2022)

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Bill Status
AB-1560
Daly (A)
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Distance learning: pupil access: computing devices and broadband internet service.
03/22/21
An act to add Sections 33132.1, 33132.2, and 33132.3 to the Education Code, and to add Section 12100.8 to the Public Contract Code, relating to distance learning.
Assembly
09/10/21
08/26/21

Type of Measure
Inactive Bill - Vetoed
Majority Vote Required
Non-Appropriation
Fiscal Committee
State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Urgency
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
10/08/21 Vetoed by Governor.
09/15/21 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 5 p.m.
09/08/21 Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 78. Noes 0.).
09/02/21 In Assembly. Concurrence in Senate amendments pending. May be considered on or after September 4 pursuant to Assembly Rule 77.
09/02/21 Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Assembly. (Ayes 39. Noes 0.).
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Assembly:

I am returning Assembly Bill 1560 without my signature.

This bill would require the Superintendent of Public Instruction to survey local education agencies (LEAs) on student access to computing devices and broadband service and authorize the California Department of Technology to enter into sponsored service agreements with LEAs for the purpose of providing residential broadband to eligible pupils.

Closing the digital divide is crucial to promoting equity in our schools, which is why I worked with the Legislature to secure $6 billion to expand broadband infrastructure and enhance internet access for unserved and underserved communities. Further, SB 98 (Chapter 24, Statutes of 2020) appropriated $5.3 billion for LEAs to support pupil academic achievement and mitigate learning loss related to the COVID-19 pandemic, funding which they can use for purposes including the purchase of computing devices. Therefore, the provisions of this bill are duplicative and unnecessary.

I encourage the author to continue engaging my Administration to find innovative pathways to achieve our collective goal to close the Digital Divide once and for all.


Sincerely,





Gavin Newsom