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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1290


Introduced by Assembly Member Lee

February 19, 2021


An act to amend Sections 69510, 69511, and 69511.5 of the Education Code, relating to student financial aid.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1290, as introduced, Lee. Student Aid Commission.
Existing law establishes the Student Aid Commission as the primary state agency for the administration of state-authorized student financial aid programs available to students attending all segments of postsecondary education. Existing law requires the commission to include 2 members, appointed by the Governor, who are students enrolled in a California postsecondary educational institution.
This bill would instead require the commission to include 4 student members, one from each of the following: the University of California, the California State University, the California Community Colleges, and a California private postsecondary educational institution.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 69510 of the Education Code is amended to read:

69510.
 The Student Aid Commission shall be composed of the following 15 17 members:
(a) One representative from public, proprietary, or nonprofit postsecondary schools located in California.
(b) One representative from a California independent college or university.
(c) One representative each from the University of California, the California State University, and the California Community Colleges.
(d) (1) Four student members, one from each of the following postsecondary educational institutions:
(A) The University of California.
(B) The California State University.
(C) The California Community Colleges.
(D) A California private postsecondary educational institution.

(d)

(2)  Two members each of whom(d) A student member described in paragraph (1) shall be a student enrolled in a California the postsecondary educational institution at the time of appointment, and shall be enrolled in a California postsecondary educational that institution for the duration of the term. A student member who graduates from an institution with no more than six months of his or her the student member’s term remaining shall be permitted to serve for the remainder of the term.
(e) Three public members.
(f) One representative from a California secondary school.
(g) Two representatives appointed by the Senate Rules Committee.
(h) Two representatives appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly.

SEC. 2.

 Section 69511 of the Education Code is amended to read:

69511.
 (a) (1) Except as provided in subdivision (b), each member of the commission, other than a student member and a member appointed pursuant to subdivision (h) of Section 69510, shall have a four-year term. Members appointed pursuant to subdivision (h) of Section 69510 shall serve at the pleasure of the Speaker of the Assembly.
(2) (A) A student member appointed pursuant to subdivision (d) of Section 69510 shall have a term of two academic years.
(B) Upon expiration of the student member’s two-year term, if the Governor has not appointed a successor, the student member may remain in office for one additional year or until the Governor appoints a successor, whichever occurs first. The requirements of subdivision (d) of Section 69510 do not apply to a student in the additional year under this paragraph.
(C) The commission shall notify the appropriate student organization for each the appropriate segment, as described in Section 69511.5, of a pending student member vacancy no less than three months before the expiration of the student member’s term, and of the appropriate student organization’s opportunity to submit a list of nominees pursuant to Section 69511.5.
(b) The term of one member appointed pursuant to subdivision (g) of Section 69510, effective January 1, 1991, shall be for five years. Each subsequent term for members appointed pursuant to this subdivision shall be for four years.

(c)At no time shall both student representatives be enrolled in the same segment of postsecondary education in California. For purposes of this subdivision, each postsecondary education program listed in subdivisions (a), (b), and (c) of Section 69510 is a segment of postsecondary education in California.

(d)

(c) Appointment to the commission of members appointed pursuant to subdivisions (a) to (f), inclusive, of Section 69510 shall be made by the Governor subject to confirmation by the Senate.

(e)

(d) Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointment of a person who will have the same status as the predecessor of the appointee. Except for appointees appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly, the appointee shall hold office only for the balance of the unexpired term.

(f)

(e) (1) Each member of the commission shall receive a stipend of one hundred dollars ($100) for each day in which he or she the member attends any meeting of the commission or any meeting of any committee or subcommittee of the commission, of which committee or subcommittee he or she the member is a member, and which committee or subcommittee meeting is conducted for the purpose of carrying out the powers and duties of the commission. In addition, each member shall receive his or her the member’s actual and necessary traveling expenses incurred in the course of his or her the member’s duties.
(2) In addition, if a student member who attends a qualifying institution, as defined in Section 69432.7, is not the recipient of a Cal Grant award, the qualifying institution, as a condition of participation in the Cal Grant program, shall waive the student member’s tuition, up to the maximum award amount for that institution, for the duration of the student member’s term of office.

(g)

(f) (1) If an act of Congress establishes a program of scholarships or grants for undergraduate students and permits administration of the program within a state by a state agency, the Student Aid Commission, as established by Section 69510, shall administer the act within the state if the Governor and the Student Aid Commission, by a majority vote of its entire membership, determine that the participation by the state in the federal scholarship or grant program under the act would not interfere with or jeopardize the continuation of the scholarship program established under Chapter 1.7 (commencing with Section 69430) of Part 42 of Division 5 of Title 3.
(2) The commission shall constitute the state commission on federal scholarships or grants and is hereby empowered to formulate a plan for development and administration of any federal scholarship or grant program within the state.
(3) Subject to the provisions of this chapter, the commission is hereby vested with all necessary power and authority to cooperate with the government of the United States, or any agency or agencies thereof, in the administration of any act of Congress establishing a scholarship or grant program and the rules and regulations adopted thereunder.
(4) Before adopting a state plan, the commission, acting as the state commission on federal scholarships or grants, shall hold public hearings as provided in the California Administrative Procedure Act.

SEC. 3.

 Section 69511.5 of the Education Code is amended to read:

69511.5.
 (a) Notwithstanding Section 69511, the Governor shall appoint each student member of the Student Aid Commission pursuant to subdivision (d) of Section 69510 from the persons nominated in accordance with the provisions of subdivision (b).
(b) For each student member of the commission, the appropriate student organization may submit a list of nominees. The list shall specify not less than three and not more than five nominees. The appropriate student organization for each segment shall be a composite group of at least five representative student government associations, as determined by the commission.

(c)The student member appointed to the commission shall not be enrolled in the same segment as the outgoing student member or in the same segment of the other sitting student member.

(d)

(c) Participating student organizations designated in subdivision (b) shall inform students within their respective segment of a pending student vacancies vacancy for the segment on the commission.

(e)

(d) The person appointed as a student member of the Student Aid Commission commission pursuant to this section shall be subject to confirmation by the Senate as required in subdivision (d) (c) of Section 69511.