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2009 Vetoed Education Bills


Assembly Bills

AB 1 | AB 3 | AB 8 | AB 82 | AB 84 | AB 101 | AB 132 | AB 146 | AB 261 | AB 267 | AB 332 | AB 337 | AB 339 | AB 374 |
AB 402 | AB 436 | AB 476 | AB 627 | AB 673 | AB 685 | AB 690 | AB 755 | AB 769 | AB 796 | AB 836 | AB 888 | AB 921 |
AB 1007 | AB 1049 | AB 1120 | AB 1132 | AB 1271 | AB 1281 | AB 1324 | AB 1394 | AB 1439 | AB 1510 | AB 1559 |
ABX1 2 | ABX1 4 | ABX1 7 |

Senate Bills

SB 34 | SB 81 | SB 84 | SB 86 | SB 115 | SB 212 | SB 248 | SB 257 | SB 272 | SB 279 | SB 288 | SB 305 | SB 315 |
SB 520 | SBX1 7 | SBX3 16 |


AB 1

Author

Monning

Topic

Teachers: program of professional growth: conflict resolution.

Summary

Existing law requires the Commission on Teacher Credentialing to establish standards and procedures for the issuance and renewal of teaching credentials. Existing law expresses the Legislature's intent to encourage teachers to engage in an individual program of professional growth that extends a teacher's content knowledge and teaching skills. Existing law provides that an individualized program of professional growth may consist of specified activities and courses. This bill would specify that an individualized program of professional growth may include a course in negotiation, mediation, and conflict resolution, including peer mediation training and the theory and practice of nonviolence. The bill would specify that the course may include basic negotiation skills, communication skills, basic mediation and peer mediation, and theory and practice of nonviolence and peace building.

Governor’s Veto Message

I am returning Assembly Bill 1 without my signature. While I understand the importance of negotiation and conflict resolution skills, this bill is unnecessary since nothing under current law prohibits districts from offering these courses as part of their professional development programs. Therefore, I am unable to sign this bill. Sincerely, Arnold Schwarzenegger

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AB 3

Author

V. Manuel Perez

Topic

Workforce development: Renewable Energy Workforce Readiness Initiative: local workforce investment boards.

Summary

Existing law, the California Workforce Investment Act, establishes the California Workforce Investment Board (CWIB), which is the body responsible for assisting the Governor in the development, oversight, and continuous improvement of California's workforce investment system, and prescribes the functions and duties of the board with regard to the implementation and administration of workforce training and development programs. Existing law establishes the Green Collar Jobs Council (GCJC) as a special committee in the CWIB, comprised of specified members, to assist in providing workforce development and job training relating to green collar jobs. This bill would require the CWIB, by July 1, 2010, in consultation with the Green Collar Jobs Council (GCJC), to establish a Renewable Energy Workforce Readiness Initiative to ensure green collar career placement and advancement opportunities within California's renewable energy generation, manufacturing, construction, installation, maintenance, and operation sectors that is targeted towards specified populations. The bill would require that the initiative provide guidance to local workforce investment boards on how to establish comprehensive green collar job assessment, training, and placement programs that reflect the local and regional economies, as prescribed. The bill would require the CWIB, in developing the initiative, to assist the local workforce investment boards in collecting and analyzing specified labor market data, in order to assess accurate local or regional industry cluster workforce development and training needs. The CWIB would be required to submit to the Legislature, by January 1, 2012, a report on the implementation of the initiative. The bill would require that the board only implement the initiative established pursuant to provisions of the bill if the Director of Finance determines that there are sufficient funds made available to the state for expenditure for the initiative pursuant to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, or other federal law, or from other non-General Fund sources, and would require that the initiative terminate at such time that the director determines that there are no longer sufficient funds available for the initiative. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Governor’s Veto Message

I am returning Assembly Bill 3 without my signature. I fully support the intent of Assembly Bill 3 to train low-income workers, people adversely impacted by the recent historic recession, and disadvantaged members of our population for good paying occupations in the California emerging green economy. My Administration is currently working with the California Workforce Investment Board and its Green Collar Jobs Council (Council) toward these ends. At my direction, the Council's membership includes key stakeholders from education, labor, state agencies, private industry, economic development and philanthropic entities. I believe it is unnecessary to legislatively establish additional mandates on existing efforts to accomplish these objectives. Sincerely, Arnold Schwarzenegger

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AB 8

Author

Brownley

Topic

Education finance: working group.

Summary

Existing law establishes the public school system in this state, and, among other things, provides for the establishment of school districts throughout the state and for their provision of instruction at the public elementary and secondary schools they operate and maintain. Existing law establishes a public school funding system that includes, among other elements, the provision of funding to local educational agencies through state apportionments, the proceeds of property taxes collected at the local level, and other sources. This bill would express findings and declarations of the Legislature with respect to the school funding system in the state. The bill would require the Director of Finance and the Legislative Analyst to convene a working group to make findings and recommendations to the Legislature and the Governor on or before December 1, 2010, regarding restructuring California's school finance system. The bill would require those findings and recommendations to include, among other things, alternative structures for funding public schools, the policy and fiscal implications of the alternative funding structure or structures, and an evaluation mechanism to facilitate continuous improvement, maximum transparency, and accountability of the funding structures. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Governor’s Veto Message

I am returning Assembly Bill 8 without my signature. I continue to support reforming the school finance system to make it less complex and more transparent to parents, teachers, and the public. However, this bill merely authorizes the convening of yet another working group that can be accomplished without statutory authorization. I am concerned that this bill provides the appearance of activity without actually translating to achievement. The lack of urgency in voting on the substantive issues put forth in the education Special Session can be seen as yet another example of that appearance. Since nothing under current law prohibits the objectives of this bill from being met, it is unnecessary. For these reasons, I am unable to sign this bill. Sincerely, Arnold Schwarzenegger

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AB 82

Author

Evans

Topic

Dependent children: psychotropic medications.

Summary

Existing law authorizes only a juvenile court judicial officer to make orders regarding the administration of psychotropic medications for a dependent child or a ward who has been removed from the physical custody of his or her parent. Existing law requires court authorization except in an emergency situation, as specified, for the administration of psychotropic medication to be based on a request from a physician, indicating the reasons for the request, a description of the child's or ward's diagnosis and behavior, the expected results of the medication, and a description of any side effects of the medication. Existing law requires the officer to approve or deny the request for authorization to administer psychotropic medication, or set the matter for hearing, as specified, within 7 court days. This bill would, in a pilot project operative only until January 1, 2013, in three counties that are selected by the State Department of Social Services in consultation with the Judicial Council and two other specified entities, expand the authority of a juvenile court judicial officer to make orders regarding the administration of psychotropic medications to include a dependent child or ward who has been removed from the physical custody of his or her parent or guardian, or a child who has been removed from the physical custody of a parent or guardian pending adjudication as a dependent child. The pilot project would require the physician submitting the request for psychotropic medication to have conducted an examination of the child or ward. The pilot project would require the request to indicate additional information, including the child's medical history and a description of any clinically indicated therapy recommended for the child to participate in during the 6-month period until the next court review of the psychotropic medication. The pilot project would require the juvenile court judicial officer, before authorizing the administration of psychotropic medication, to make certain findings, including that the child's or ward's caregiver has been informed, and the child or ward has been informed in an age and developmentally appropriate manner, about the recommended medications, the anticipated benefits, the nature, degree, duration, and probability of side effects and significant risks, and any other recommended treatments, that the child or ward has been informed of the right to request a hearing, and that a plan is in place for regular monitoring of the medication, as specified. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Governor’s Veto Message

I am returning Assembly Bill 82 without my signature. While this bill advances an appropriate policy objective that I would normally be inclined to support, I cannot in this current fiscal environment. The implementation and oversight of a new pilot program, requiring increased monitoring and evaluation is labor-intensive, especially as both state and county welfare programs are struggling with their existing mandated activities. For this reason, I am unable to sign this bill. Sincerely, Arnold Schwarzenegger

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AB 84

Author

Hill

Topic

Vote by mail ballots.

Summary

Existing law sets forth procedures for voting by mail and requires the local elections official to compare the signature on a vote by mail ballot received with the voter's signature that appears on the affidavit of registration. Existing law requires the elections official to establish procedures to track and confirm the receipt of vote by mail ballots that are voted and to make that information available by means of online access using the county's elections division Internet Web site, or, if it has no Internet Web site, then by toll-free telephone number that may be used to confirm the date the ballot was received. This bill would further require the local elections official to establish a free access system by which a vote by mail voter may find out whether his or her ballot was counted and, if not, the reason why it was not counted, thereby imposing a state-mandated local program. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Governor’s Veto Message

I am returning Assembly Bill 84 without my signature. This bill would require elections officials to establish a free access system that allows a vote-by-mail (VBM) voter to determine if his or her ballot was counted. While I support the author's intent, I believe this will result in additional costs to local governments. Some counties use an existing system that tracks receipt of VBM ballots to provide this information to voters. I would encourage other counties to consider implementing the provisions of this bill if their resources allow, but cannot support mandating them to do so. Therefore, I am unable to sign this bill. Sincerely, Arnold Schwarzenegger

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AB 101

Author

Anderson

Topic

Elections: vote by mail ballots.

Summary

Existing law requires that a ballot contain all supplies necessary for the return of the ballot and that the identification envelope for a vote by mail ballot contain specified information. This bill would also require a notice that the identification envelope of a vote by mail ballot must be actually received by elections officials before the polls close on election day in order to be counted, except as specified. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Governor’s Veto Message

I am returning Assembly Bill 101 without my signature. This bill would require elections officials to notify vote-by-mail (VBM) voters that their ballots must be received before the polls close on Election Day in order for their ballots to be counted. While I support the author's intent, I believe this will result in additional costs to local governments. Given the ability of counties to voluntarily notify voters of the deadline, a statewide mandate is unnecessary. I encourage counties to consider implementing the provisions of this bill if their resources allow, but in this time of fiscal constraint, cannot support mandating them to do so. Therefore, I am unable to sign this bill. Sincerely, Arnold Schwarzenegger

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AB 132

Author

Mendoza

Topic

School safety: immigration investigations.

Summary

Existing law recognizes that all pupils enrolled in the state public schools have the inalienable right to attend classes on school campuses that are safe, secure, and peaceful. Existing law establishes various safety programs and procedures to address issues relating to school safety. This bill would provide that it is the policy of the state that immigration agents should not interfere with the education of pupils in school. The bill would specify, however, that this policy not impede or restrict any lawful authority of immigration agents. The bill would, except as required by federal or state law, prohibit school officials and employees from collecting information or documents and from inquiring about the immigration status of pupils or their family members. The bill would, if an employee of a school is aware that a pupil's parent or guardian is not available to care for the pupil, encourage the school to comply with certain procedures relating to procuring child care for the pupil. The bill also would encourage schools to provide counseling services for pupils affected by enforcement activities of immigration agents, as specified.

Governor’s Veto Message

I am returning Assembly Bill 132 without my signature. This bill is unnecessary since the California Constitution already prohibits the state from discriminating against, or granting preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting. The Constitution also states that all students and staff have the inalienable right to attend campuses which are safe, secure, and peaceful. Therefore, a codified policy statement is unnecessary. For these reasons, I am unable to sign this bill. Sincerely, Arnold Schwarzenegger

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AB 146

Author

Mendoza

Topic

Instructional materials: delivery.

Summary

Existing law requires the State Board of Education to adopt basic instructional materials for use in kindergarten and grades 1 to 8, inclusive. Every publisher or manufacturer of instructional materials offered for adoption or sale in California is required to comply with certain requirements, including guaranteeing delivery of textbooks and instructional materials prior to the opening of school in the year in which the textbooks and instructional materials are to be used if they are ordered by a date or dates specified in the contract with the district. This bill would require a publisher or manufacturer of instructional materials offered for adoption or sale in California to guarantee delivery, if applicable, by the date specified in the contract with the district and would make a publisher or manufacturer that fails to deliver instructional materials within 60 days of the receipt of a purchase order from a school district liable for damages in the amount of $500 for each working day that the order is delayed beyond 60 calendar days unless there is a natural disaster, terrorist attack, act of war, or worker strike that prevents the normal transit of instructional materials, resulting in their late delivery, or if there is a delay in implementation of governing board requirements, as specified. This requirement would apply only to contracts with districts enrolling 25,000 or fewer pupils.

Governor’s Veto Message

I am returning Assembly Bill 146 without my signature. This bill is unnecessary since districts of any size may enter into contractual agreements with publishers and can negotiate any level of penalty based on a variety of contract terms, even without statutory mandate. I vetoed a similar bill last year on the same basis. For these reasons, I am unable to sign this bill. Sincerely, Arnold Schwarzenegger

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AB 261

Author

Salas

Topic

Pupil records: privacy rights.

Summary

Existing law prohibits a school district from permitting access to pupil records to any person without written parental consent or judicial order, except as provided. This bill would make various changes to these pupil record provisions to conform them to federal law.

Governor’s Veto Message

I am returning Assembly Bill 261 without my signature. While the stated intent of this bill is purported to conform state special education law to changes to the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, its provisions appear to expand beyond federal requirements, and therefore could expose the State to significant reimbursable state mandate costs. Therefore, I am unable to sign this bill. Sincerely, Arnold Schwarzenegger

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AB 267

Author

Torlakson

Topic

Education finance districts: taxes.

Summary

Existing law allows any school district to impose qualified special taxes, as defined, within the district pursuant to specified procedures. This bill would authorize school districts, under certain conditions, to create an education finance district that may impose, within the education finance district, a qualified special tax pursuant to specified procedures.

Governor’s Veto Message

I am returning Assembly Bill 267 without my signature. The education finance district model proposed by this bill could allow for manipulation of parcel tax boundaries for the purpose of achieving the desired election outcome. I am concerned that voters and property owners in one county or school district could be subject to an increased special tax based on votes generated predominately in another county or school district. For these reasons, I am unable to sign this bill. Sincerely, Arnold Schwarzenegger

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AB 332

Author

Fuentes

Topic

Work-based learning.

Summary

Existing law authorizes school districts that maintain high schools to establish work experience programs for the purpose of providing pupils with instruction in skills, attitudes, and understandings necessary for success in employment. This bill would state the findings of the Legislature regarding work-based learning, as defined. This bill would authorize school districts that maintain high schools to establish work-based learning programs, and to purchase liability insurance for pupils enrolled in programs of study involving work-based learning, off school grounds. The bill would authorize partnership academies, regional occupational programs, and other educational programs to deliver work-based learning opportunities for pupils that may include work experience education, community classrooms, cooperative career technical education programs, and job shadowing experience, as specified. This bill contains other related provisions.

Governor’s Veto Message

I am returning Assembly Bill 332 without my signature. While I am very supportive of the intent of this bill of providing students with opportunities to receive rigorous and relevant career technical education linked to real world experiences, I am concerned that this bill lacks sufficient protections to ensure that students are not solely enrolled in job opportunities that are not combined with sufficient academic coursework. However, I am directing my Administration to work with the author so that I can consider a measure that is more tightly crafted and would accomplish the goal of promoting a balanced approach towards work-based learning. Until that time, I am unable to sign this bill. Sincerely, Arnold Schwarzenegger

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AB 337

Author

Torres

Topic

Juvenile court records: sealing and destruction.

Summary

Existing law authorizes a person who is the subject of a juvenile court record, or the county probation officer, to petition the court for the sealing of the records relating to the person's case, including records in the custody of the juvenile court and the probation officer and any other agencies, including law enforcement agencies and public officials as the petitioner alleges to have custody of the records. The petition may be filed 5 years or more after the jurisdiction of the juvenile court has terminated or, if no petition was filed, 5 years or more after the person was cited to appear before a probation officer or was taken before a probation officer or law enforcement officer, or, in any case, at any time after the person reaches 18 years of age. This provision does not apply if the person was found by the juvenile court to have committed any one of specified serious or violent offenses and the person was 14 years of age or older when he or she committed the offense. Existing law also does not permit the sealing of a record for an offense if the person has been convicted of that offense in criminal court, as specified. This bill would require, on and after January 1, 2011, each court and probation department to ensure that information regarding the eligibility for and the procedures to request the sealing and destruction of records is provided to each person for whom a petition has been filed, on or after January 1, 2011, to adjudge the person a ward of the juvenile court and to specified other minors who are taken into temporary custody and brought before a probation officer, as specified. The bill would require the Judicial Council on or before January 1, 2011, to develop related informational materials and a specified form. The bill would specify when the materials and the form are to be provided. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Governor’s Veto Message

I am returning Assembly Bill 337 without my signature. This measure would require each court and probation department to ensure that information regarding the sealing and destruction of juvenile records is provided to each person for whom a petition has been filed, on or after January 1, 2011. While this information could be helpful to those individuals that qualify, competent counsel should already be providing this information. Since this measure would place an additional burden on government entities that are already facing deep cuts to court programs and probation departments due to the continuing fiscal crisis, I am unable to sign this bill. Sincerely, Arnold Schwarzenegger

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AB 339

Author

Torres

Topic

Education finance: county offices of education.

Summary

Existing law establishes a system of public elementary and secondary schools in this state. Under this system, local educational agencies, which include school districts and county offices of education, have numerous responsibilities relating to the operation of schools and the instruction of pupils. This bill would express findings and declarations of the Legislature relating to the funding of county offices of education. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Governor’s Veto Message

I am returning Assembly Bill 339 without my signature. This bill would redefine "school districts" to include school districts, county offices of education, and other agencies deemed eligible pursuant to state and federal law, for the purpose of allocating federal education funds. However, in its current form, I am concerned that the bill may have unintended consequences for charter schools and/or other educational agencies currently eligible for these federal funds. For this reason I am unable to sign this bill. Sincerely, Arnold Schwarzenegger

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AB 374

Author

Block

Topic

Consequences of dropping out notice.

Summary

Existing law subjects each person between 6 and 18 years of age who is not exempted under specified statutes to compulsory full-time or continuation education. Existing law requires each person subject to compulsory full-time or continuation education who is not exempted to attend a public full-time day school or continuation school or classes for the full time designated as the length of the schoolday by the governing board of the school district in which the residency of either the parent or legal guardian is located and requires each parent, guardian, or other person having control or charge of the pupil to send the pupil to the appropriate school or classes for the designated periods of time each schoolday. Existing law prescribes truancy procedures for pupils who do not comply with these provisions. This bill would require the Superintendent of Public Instruction to produce a consequences of dropping out notice, as described, to inform pupils of the consequences of dropping out of school prior to reaching 18 years of age or completing the requirements for graduation from high school. The bill would require the Superintendent to make the notice available to school districts by posting it on the Internet Web site of the department.

Governor’s Veto Message

I am returning Assembly Bill 374 without my signature. While I am supportive of efforts to prevent students from dropping out of school, the objective of this bill can be accomplished administratively by the Superintendent of Public Instruction without additional statutory authorization. Therefore, this measure is unnecessary. For this reason, I am unable to sign this bill. Sincerely, Arnold Schwarzenegger

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AB 402

Author

Davis

Topic

Employment: entertainment work permits.

Summary

Existing law requires the written consent of the Labor Commissioner for the employment of a minor, as specified, in entertainment productions or as an advertising or photographic model or as a participant or player in a sport. Under existing law, a minor is required to obtain an entertainment work permit from the Labor Commissioner in order to be employed in those capacities. This bill would require that a fee be submitted at the time the minor applies for the work permit. The bill would specify that the fee be deposited into the Entertainment Work Permit Fund, which would be created by the bill, and would make this fee revenue available to the Labor Commissioner, upon appropriation, for the costs of issuing the permit, enforcing the provisions regulating a minor's employment in fields requiring issuance of an entertainment work permit, and administering the entertainment work permit program. The bill would provide that the fee to be submitted to the Labor Commissioner pursuant to these provisions would be $50 until January 1, 2012, and, on and after January 1, 2012, the fee would be set by the Labor Commissioner in an amount, not to exceed $50, sufficient to pay for the costs set forth above.

Governor’s Veto Message

I am returning Assembly Bill 402 without my signature. This bill would require that an application fee of $50 be submitted at the time a minor applies for a child labor entertainment work permit. There have been previous proposals to move issuance of entertainment work permits to the local school districts which already issue work permits. Rather than creating a new fee and duties for the Department of Industrial Relations, it is important to administer this program in the most efficient manner by transferring this function to the schools. For this reason, I am returning this bill without my signature. Sincerely, Arnold Schwarzenegger

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AB 436

Author

Saldana

Topic

Elections: initiatives.

Summary

Existing law requires that the proponents of an initiative measure submit a draft of the measure to the Attorney General for preparation of a summary of its chief purposes and points. Under existing law, the proponents are required to also submit at that time a $200 fee that is held in trust and refunded to the proponents if the measure qualifies for the ballot within a specified time period, but the fee is paid to the General Fund if the measure fails to qualify. This bill would instead require that a new fee from $500 in 2010 to $2,000 in 2016 be paid in lieu of current fees. The bill would require the fee to be refunded if the measure qualifies for the ballot within 2 years and to be deposited into the General Fund if it does not qualify, to be used to reimburse the Attorney General for the costs of preparing the title and summary of proposed initiative measures. The bill would require in 2018 that the Attorney General biennially review the fee and increase it in accordance with an increase in the California Consumer Price Index.

Governor’s Veto Message

I am returning Assembly Bill 436 without my signature. This bill would incrementally increase the current fee that proponents of an initiative are required to pay at the time of submitting the draft of the measure to the Attorney General (AG). Under the provisions of this bill the fee would increase from $200 to $2,000 in 2016. The original fee was established to deter frivolous filings; this bill would fundamentally alter the purpose of the fees to instead be used to pay the administrative costs borne by the AG. Using the fees to reimburse the AG for actual costs sets a precedent of allowing the fees to increase to the point that it would significantly deter grassroots and volunteer efforts to qualify a measure. Whether or not the fee should be increased to reflect an amount that would deter frivolous filings today is a separate question than how the fees should be defined and distributed. For this reason I am unable to sign this bill. Sincerely, Arnold Schwarzenegger

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AB 476

Author

Torlakson

Topic

Standardized Testing and Reporting Program.

Summary

Existing law establishes the Standardized Testing and Reporting Program (the STAR Program) pursuant to which school districts, charter schools, and county offices of education are required to administer achievement tests to each of their pupils in grades 2 to 11, inclusive. This bill would require the Superintendent of Public Instruction, on or before April 1, 2010, to contract with an independent evaluator for evaluation of the STAR Program, as specified. The bill would require the independent evaluator to complete a report containing the findings of his or her evaluation. The Superintendent would be required to provide this evaluation to the Legislature, the Governor, and the State Board of Education on or before November 1, 2010. The bill would require an existing advisory committee to advise the Superintendent on the independent evaluation of the STAR Program, including making recommendations regarding the selection of the independent evaluator and the evaluation parameters. The bill would require the Superintendent to appoint 4 additional members to the advisory committee for these purposes. The bill would require the State Department of Education to use specified federal funds, not exceeding the amount of $150,000, for the purpose of contracting for this evaluation.

Governor’s Veto Message

I am returning Assembly Bill 476 without my signature. The objectives of this bill are duplicative of work already being done by a variety of sources. Not only have there been reviews of California's standards and assessment system by the United States Department of Education's peer review process, the California Department of Education has a process which has included an independent alignment study and review of test items by various content and test development experts. Finally, this bill circumvents the State Board of Education in the selection of the independent evaluator and approving the evaluation and its recommendations. For these reasons, I am unable to sign this bill. Sincerely, Arnold Schwarzenegger

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AB 627

Author

Brownley

Topic

Child care: nutritional requirements.

Summary

Under existing law, the State Department of Education administers the child care food program pursuant to federal law, under which food is provided to child development programs and alternative child care programs, as defined. This bill would require the Superintendent of Public Instruction to establish a pilot program at least 12 months in duration in which licensed child care centers and child day care homes selected by the department that participate in the federal Child and Adult Care Food Program shall implement certain nutrition and physical activity standards in exchange for a higher state meal reimbursement. This bill would require the State Department of Education to design and implement the pilot program, as specified. The bill would specify that its provisions shall only be implemented if the Superintendent determines that non-General Fund funding sources are available for that purpose, as specified.

Governor’s Veto Message

I am returning Assembly Bill 627 without my signature. I want California children to embrace healthy lifestyles because the individual and societal benefits of good nutrition and physical activity lead to life-long accomplishments. Reducing childhood obesity can lead to fewer adults with chronic health conditions and lower healthcare costs. Unfortunately, this bill would create pressure to add Proposition 98 General Fund resources to the Child and Adult Care Food program when funding for so many other education programs has been cut. It is simply not possible to initiate a new program in a fiscal environment such as this. I would ask the sponsors to work with the state Department of Education to include information regarding healthy nutrition and physical activity guidelines in existing newsletters to child care providers to the extent this can be accomplished within existing resources. For this reason, I regret that I am unable to sign this bill. Sincerely, Arnold Schwarzenegger

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AB 673

Author

Carter

Topic

Regional occupational centers or programs: apportionments.

Summary

Existing law prescribes a formula for the apportionment of funds to regional occupational centers or programs. This formula requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to calculate the funded growth average daily attendance for each regional occupational center or program (ROC/P). This bill would require, if the growth average daily attendance funded in the annual Budget Act for any fiscal year is a negative adjustment, that the existing formula for the calculation of the funded growth average daily attendance for ROC/Ps be inoperative for that fiscal year, and that the growth average daily attendance be calculated as a percentage reduction and allocated to each ROC/P as an equivalent percentage reduction to the cap on the average daily attendance of that ROC/P. This bill contains other related provisions.

Governor’s Veto Message

I am returning Assembly Bill 673 without my signature. This bill may create fiscal incentives for Regional Occupational Centers and Programs (ROC/Ps) to reduce the number of students they serve, rather than allowing districts to manage their programs based on local priorities. Furthermore, because of the categorical flexibility provided through the recent budget negotiations, the bill' s focus on adjusting ROC/P enrollment caps is moot and serves no practical purpose. For these reasons, I am unable to sign this bill. Sincerely, Arnold Schwarzenegger

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AB 685

Author

Davis

Topic

School facilities: athletics: compliance.

Summary

Existing law, the Leroy F. Greene School Facilities Act of 1998, requires the State Allocation Board to allocate to applicant school districts state funding for the construction and modernization of school facilities, provided that the school districts demonstrate eligibility for this funding by complying with various requirements. The State Department of Education has specified responsibilities in the process of determining whether a project proposed for funding complies with pertinent requirements. This bill, with respect to athletics-related facilities only, as defined, would require the State Department of Education to include, as part of its review of an application for new construction plan approval, a determination of whether the proposed project would provide the opportunity for gender equitable access to athletic facilities or provide equity in the size and quality of areas to be used exclusively by either boys or girls. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Governor’s Veto Message

I am returning Assembly Bill 685 without my signature. This bill creates another bureaucratic mechanism to add another layer of review to the new construction plan approval process that is unnecessary since federal law already requires that school sites provide sufficient access to all students, regardless of their gender. School districts have an incentive to ensure all of their facilities are Title IX compliant since civil remedies are available to individuals who prevail in proving a district's non-compliance with statutory and regulatory guidelines. Therefore, this bill is unnecessary. For these reasons, I am unable to sign this bill. Sincerely, Arnold Schwarzenegger

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AB 690

Author

Ammiano

Topic

Trustees of the California State University and Regents of the University of California: meetings.

Summary

Existing law establishes the California State University, under the administration of the Trustees of the California State University, as one of the segments of public postsecondary education in this state. Under existing law, the trustees are composed of a total of 25 members, which include 5 specified ex officio members, a representative of the alumni associations of the university, 16 members appointed by the Governor, subject to confirmation by 2/3 of the membership of the Senate, for 8-year terms, and 2 California State University students and one California State University faculty member appointed by the Governor for 2-year terms. This bill would authorize each ex officio trustee, except the Chancellor of the California State University, to designate a person, as prescribed, to attend a meeting or meetings of the trustees in his or her absence. The bill would prohibit an ex officio trustee from designating more than one person to attend meetings of the trustees in any calendar year. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Governor’s Veto Message

I am returning Assembly Bill 690 without my signature. I vetoed similar legislation previously. As I stated before, it is unnecessary to statutorily authorize a person to attend a board meeting in the absence of an ex-officio member since the meetings are open to anyone from the public to attend and provide comment. Moreover, ex officio members serve by virtue of their experience and qualifications in sharing their perspective on issues impacting higher education. Allowing these members to appoint a substitute to attend in their absence creates a disincentive for the member to actually attend the meetings, and diminishes the value of an ex-officio member's contribution to the public discourse. For these reasons, I am unable to sign this bill. Sincerely, Arnold Schwarzenegger

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AB 755

Author

Brownley

Topic

Civil service appointments.

Summary

Existing law authorizes the State Personnel Board to prescribe rules governing the temporary assignment or loan of employees within an agency or between agencies or between jurisdictions for specified time limits, for the purpose of providing training to employees, enabling an agency to obtain expertise needed to meet a compelling program or management need, or facilitating the return of injured employees to work. This bill would provide that a temporary assignment or loan shall not exceed 4 years, as specified. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Governor’s Veto Message

I am returning Assembly Bill 755 without my signature. This bill unnecessarily limits the State's flexibility in the use of non-state personnel with distinct expertise and experience. In certain instances, state civil service employees may not provide the same level of expertise and may be more costly. The ability for the state to benefit from the expertise of non-state employees should not be restricted. For these reasons, I am unable to sign this bill. Sincerely, Arnold Schwarzenegger

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AB 769

Author

Torres

Topic

State preschool.

Summary

Existing law requires applicants or contracting agencies that operate a state preschool program to give first priority for participation to neglected or abused children who are recipients of child protective services, or recipients who are at risk of being neglected or abused, as specified. This bill would state findings and declarations regarding children of youth that are in custody, on probation, or are in the foster care system. The bill would require priority for participation in state preschool programs also to be given to children who have a biological custodial parent who is, or who has been within the previous 6 months, a dependent or ward of the juvenile court pursuant to specified provisions of law. The bill would prohibit priority enrollment from being used to displace children who are currently receiving care.

Governor’s Veto Message

I am returning Assembly Bill 769 without my signature. This bill results in significant Proposition 98 General Fund costs pressures. Absent additional funding to support this policy shift, enacting this measure would result in denying access to state funded preschool programs to other low income families who are currently on waiting lists for subsidized care. Moreover, children of those under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court system already may access child care on a priority basis under current law, to the extent that they are at risk of abuse or neglect For these reasons, I am unable to sign this bill. Sincerely, Arnold Schwarzenegger

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AB 796

Author

Carter

Topic

Pupil attendance: civic engagement activities.

Summary

Existing law authorizes a pupil to be excused from school for specified reasons, including for the purpose of serving as a member of a precinct board for an election. A pupil who is absent from school for these reasons is required to be permitted to complete all assignments and tests missed during the absence that can be reasonably provided. This bill would include civic engagement activities, as defined, offered by a nonprofit organization or a governmental entity among the types of absences that are excused. The bill would prohibit a school from excusing a pupil from school when the absence is due to participation in a demonstration or political campaign.

Governor’s Veto Message

I am returning Assembly Bill 796 without my signature. While civic and other volunteer activities are beneficial to those who choose to participate, these activities should be in addition to, and not in place of, valuable classroom learning time with a qualified teacher. This bill is similar to legislation I previously vetoed. As indicated at that time, nothing under current law prohibits parents from working with a school to allow their child to participate in civic opportunities if they choose to do so, even without this measure. Therefore, the bill is unnecessary. For these reasons, I am unable to sign this bill. Sincerely, Arnold Schwarzenegger

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AB 836

Author

Torlakson

Topic

Task force for education technology.

Summary

Existing law establishes various programs to enhance education technology, including the California Technology Assistance Project, which is composed of regional consortia that work collaboratively with school districts and county offices of education to meet locally defined educational needs that can be effectively addressed with the use of technology, as specified. This bill would require the Superintendent of Public Instruction to establish a task force for education technology, funded by private donations, for the purpose of making preliminary recommendations on technology literacy model standards for grades 7 to 12, inclusive, in California public schools. The bill would require the task force to consist of no more than 15 education technology experts, including, but not necessarily limited to, parents, current credentialed teachers, administrators, school board members, researchers, and industry representatives. This bill contains other related provisions.

Governor’s Veto Message

I am returning Assembly Bill 836 without my signature. Earlier this year, I issued an Executive Order directing the State's Chief Information Officer (CIO) to establish the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Digital Literacy Council for the purposes of developing a California Action Plan for ICT Digital Literacy. The CIO is charged with working with stakeholders in both the education and technology fields to develop a plan to incorporate digital literacy in our schools and workforce. This bill would require the Superintendent of Public Instruction (SPI) to establish a task force for education technology, funded by private donations. The SPI does not need additional statutory authority to convene an internal task force for this purpose. Therefore, this bill is unnecessary. For these reasons, I am unable to sign this bill. Sincerely, Arnold Schwarzenegger

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AB 888

Author

Price

Topic

Alcoholic beverages: open containers: school grounds.

Summary

Under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act, any person possessing an open container of an alcoholic beverage in specified areas is guilty of an infraction if an ordinance prohibits the consumption of alcoholic beverages in those areas. This bill would prohibit, as an infraction, the possession of an alcoholic beverage container, or consumption of an alcoholic beverage, on a public street, alley, or sidewalk within 600 feet of the property line of a public or private school, with specified exceptions. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Governor’s Veto Message

I am returning Assembly Bill 888 without my signature. Existing law already allows local government the ability to enact ordinances to restrict or prohibit the possession or consumption of alcohol in public areas. This bill may actually weaken existing community standards related to alcohol possession and use. Given the unique and varying needs of California's communities, these decisions should continue to be made at a local level. For this reason, I am unable to sign this bill. Sincerely, Arnold Schwarzenegger

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AB 921

Author

Jones

Topic

Juvenile court jurisdiction: services and benefits.

Summary

Existing law provides that a minor may be adjudged a dependent child or a ward of the juvenile court under specified circumstances. Existing law authorizes the court to place a minor who has been removed from the custody of his or her parent or guardian in foster care among other placements, as specified. Existing law provides for the termination of the juvenile court jurisdiction when the minor reaches a specified age. This bill would require a probation officer or parole officer, whenever the juvenile court terminates jurisdiction over a ward, or upon release of a ward from a nonfoster care facility, to provide to the person a written notice stating that the person is a former foster child and may be eligible for the services and benefits that are available to a former foster child through public and private programs, and information that informs the person of the availability of, and assistance to enable the ward to apply for and gain acceptance into, federal and state programs that provide independent living services and benefits to former foster children for which the person is or may be eligible. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Governor’s Veto Message

I am returning Assembly Bill 921 without my signature. This bill would require county probation officers and parole officers to ensure that minors under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court be provided with written notification of services and benefits they may be eligible for upon termination of court jurisdiction. This bill also would require probation officers and parole officers to provide assistance in obtaining those services and benefits. This bill would create local mandated costs attributable to the requirement that county probation officers provide specified information and assistance to juvenile wards of the court. Given the state's severe economic climate and the social services reductions being implemented, it is not prudent to expand requirements imposed on state and local governmental programs. Therefore, I am returning this bill without my signature. Sincerely, Arnold Schwarzenegger

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AB 1007

Author

Carter

Topic

Governing boards: pupil members.

Summary

Existing law requires the governing board of a school district maintaining one or more high schools to appoint to its membership one or more nonvoting pupil members if pupils petition the governing board to make those appointments. This bill would require the governing board to appoint the pupil member or members within 30 days of receiving the petition, or at its next regularly scheduled meeting if no meeting is held within those 30 days, as specified. Because the bill would require school districts to provide a higher level of service, it would impose a state-mandated local program. The bill would authorize the governing board to adopt a resolution authorizing a pupil advisory board to assist the pupil member or members in executing duties relating to serving on the board. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Governor’s Veto Message

I am returning Assembly Bill 1007 without my signature. I am unaware of any school board intentionally withholding action on a student representation petition. Therefore, I believe this bill is unnecessary. For this reason, I am unable to sign this bill. Sincerely, Arnold Schwarzenegger

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AB 1049

Author

Torrico

Topic

Personal income taxes: voluntary contributions: Safely Surrendered Baby Fund.

Summary

Existing law relating to the administration of personal income taxes authorizes individual taxpayers to contribute amounts in excess of their tax liability for the support of specified funds or accounts. This bill would allow individual taxpayers to designate on their tax returns, that a specified amount in excess of their tax liability be transferred to the Safely Surrendered Baby Fund, which would be created by this bill. This bill contains other related provisions.

Governor’s Veto Message

I am returning Assembly Bill 1049 without my signature. I have reviewed the merits of this bill. After careful and deliberative consideration, I do not believe it is necessary to sign this bill at this time. Sincerely, Arnold Schwarzenegger

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AB 1120

Author

Niello

Topic

School facilities: constructability reviews.

Summary

Existing law, the Field Act, requires the Department of General Services under the police power of the state to supervise the design and construction of a school building or the reconstruction or alteration of, or addition to, a school building, if not exempted under specified law, to ensure that plans and specifications comply with adopted rules and regulations and building standards published in regulations, and to ensure that the work of construction is performed in accordance with the approved plans and specifications for the protection of life and property. This bill would require the department to distribute information on the use of constructability reviews of plans and specifications used for the construction of school facilities and the potential for cost savings that may be realized by the use of a constructability review. The bill would state the intent of the Legislature that the department incorporate this information into existing venues and schedules of communication that the department has established with school districts as a result of its role in the review and approval of school construction plans. The bill would define "constructability review" as a cost control technique by which the project plans and specifications are reviewed to identify potential claim or problem areas and deficiencies in the plans and specifications that may occur as a result of errors, ambiguities, omissions, discrepancies, and conflicts in the plans and specifications. One or more professionals, including, but not limited to, mechanical, electrical, structural, or construction professionals would be authorized to conduct a constructability review.

Governor’s Veto Message

I am returning Assembly Bill 1120 without my signature. I am very supportive of the author's genuine intent to control school facility construction costs. However, this bill is unnecessary, since nothing under current law prohibits the Department of General Services to distribute information or work with school districts on the use of constructability reviews when it is appropriate. For these reasons, I am unable to sign this bill. Sincerely, Arnold Schwarzenegger

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AB 1132

Author

Jones

Topic

Vehicle registration: organ and tissue donation.

Summary

Existing law, the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act, regulates the making of anatomical gifts and the disposition of donated bodies and body parts. This bill would authorize the department to use not more than $300,000 of the contributions collected under these mail in enrollment registration provisions per year to cover its related actual administrative costs. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Governor’s Veto Message

I am returning Assembly Bill 1132 without my signature. While I fully support the Donate Life program, this bill would cap the amount the Department of Motor Vehicles can recover for its administrative costs under the program and removes the flexibility of the Department to cover its future costs as inflation and other expenditures increase. For this reason I am unable to sign this bill. Sincerely, Arnold Schwarzenegger

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AB 1271

Author

Krekorian

Topic

Elections: vote by mail ballots.

Summary

Under existing law, an application for a vote by mail ballot shall be made by a voter to an elections official having jurisdiction over the election between the 29th and 7th days prior to the election. Existing law permits an elections official to deliver a vote by mail ballot to the voter, the voter's spouse, child, parent, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, or other person residing in the same household as the voter, so long as the individual to whom the ballot is delivered signs a statement under penalty of perjury that contains the name of the voter and affirms that the person receiving the ballot is 16 years of age or older and is authorized to deliver the vote by mail ballot. Existing law permits a voter who is unable to return his or her vote by mail ballot due to illness or other physical disability to designate his or her spouse, child, parent, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, or other person residing in the same household as the voter to return the vote by mail ballot. Except in the case of a candidate or the spouse of a candidate, existing law prohibits a person returning another voter's vote by mail ballot from being a paid or volunteer worker of a general purpose committee, controlled committee, independent expenditure committee, political party, candidate's campaign committee, or any other group or organization at whose behest the individual designated to return the ballot is performing a service. This bill would provide that an application for a vote by mail ballot must be received by the elections official between the 29th and 7th days prior to the election. The bill would delete the requirement that the voter be physically unable to return the vote by mail ballot and, with specified exceptions, authorize any person to be designated in writing by the voter to receive or return the voter' s vote by mail ballot. The bill would, with an exception, prohibit an authorized representative from being a candidate or the spouse of a candidate, or a paid or volunteer worker of a general purpose committee, controlled committee, independent expenditure committee, political party, campaign committee of a candidate, or any other group or organization at whose behest the individual designated to receive the ballot, return the ballot, or both receive and return the ballot is performing a service. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Governor’s Veto Message

I am returning Assembly Bill 1271 without my signature. This bill would allow a vote-by-mail (VBM) voter to authorize any other person to deliver or return their ballot to the elections official or the precinct board at any polling place within the jurisdiction. As I have noted when vetoing similar legislation any effort to increase voter participation must be balanced against the potential increase in voter fraud. While I appreciate the author's intent and efforts to protect against fraud, the opportunity is still too prevalent. Requiring written authorization by the voter is an important safeguard; however, there is no way to verify that the "authorized representative" is not paid by, or volunteering with a political party, campaign or other political entity. While some VBM voters could benefit from this added flexibility, it would leave the door open for bad actors to abuse the system. Therefore I am unable to sign this bill. Sincerely, Arnold Schwarzenegger

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AB 1281

Author

Portantino

Topic

Pupil data: California School Racial Equality Designation Act.

Summary

Existing law establishes the public elementary and secondary school system in this state. Under this system, school districts throughout the state provide instruction to pupils in kindergarten and grades 1 to 12, inclusive, at the public elementary and secondary schools. This bill would enact the California School Racial Equality Designation Act. The bill would express findings and declarations of the Legislature relating to the collection of data on the race or ethnicity of persons who identify themselves as members of more than one race. This bill contains other related provisions.

Governor’s Veto Message

I am returning Assembly Bill 1281 without my signature. The California Department of Education has already put into place processes to update forms and instructions to accommodate the inclusion of multiracial students. Therefore, this bill is unnecessary. For this reason, I am unable to sign this bill. Sincerely, Arnold Schwarzenegger

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AB 1324

Author

Bass

Topic

Foster youth: identity theft.

Summary

Under existing law, a county welfare department is required to request a consumer disclosure, pursuant to federal law, on behalf of a youth in a foster care placement in the county, when the youth reaches his or her 16th birthday, in order to ascertain whether the youth has been the victim of identity theft. If the consumer disclosure reveals any negative items, or evidence that identity theft has occurred, existing law requires the county welfare department to refer the youth to an approved organization that provides services to victims of identity theft. Existing law requires the department to develop a list of approved organizations for this purpose, in consultation with the County Welfare Directors Association and others. This bill would revise the above provisions, to require the county welfare department or the State Department of Social Services to ascertain whether identity theft may have occurred under the described circumstances. The bill would require the matter to be referred to a governmental agency or nonprofit organization that provides information and assistance to victims of identity theft, rather than to an approved counseling organization. The bill would authorize the agency or the nonprofit organization to take remedial actions to clear the youth's credit record and to report the results to the referring agency. The bill would require the Office of Privacy Protection, in consultation with the State Department of Social Services and other specified entities, to develop a list of governmental agencies and nonprofit organizations.

Governor’s Veto Message

I am returning Assembly Bill 1324 without my signature. I signed a measure in 2006 to protect foster youth from identity theft that has not yet been fully implemented because of the state's fiscal challenges. This funding was appropriated in 2008 and when fully implemented, existing law will help foster youth that have been the victims of identity theft. Since the current program is still not fully operational, I believe this measure is premature and may have the unintended consequence of shifting county workload to the state. If, through the implementation, it becomes clear that foster youth are not being served in the way the law intended, I would be willing to reconsider this matter. For this reason, I am unable to sign this bill. Sincerely, Arnold Schwarzenegger

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AB 1394

Author

Bass

Topic

California Workforce Investment Board: Green Collar Jobs Council.

Summary

Existing law establishes the California Workforce Investment Board (CWIB), and requires the board to establish a committee known as the Green Collar Jobs Council (GCJC), comprised of specified members, and requires the GCJC to perform certain functions and duties, including the development of a strategic initiative, relating to the training and development of a skilled workforce to meet the needs of California's emerging green economy. This bill would authorize the CWIB to accept any revenues, moneys, grants, goods, or services from federal and state entities, philanthropic organizations, and other sources, to be used for purposes relating to the administration and implementation of the strategic initiative. The bill would require that all moneys and revenues received pursuant to those provisions be deposited into the Green Collar Jobs Account, which the bill would create in the State Treasury, and, upon appropriation by the Legislature, would authorize the Employment Development Department to expend those moneys and revenues for purposes related to the administration and implementation of the strategic initiative, and for the award of workforce training grants implementing the strategic initiative. The bill would require the GCJC to consult with appropriate state and local agencies to identify opportunities to coordinate the award of grant and green workforce training funds received by the state under the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 or any other funding sources.

Governor’s Veto Message

I am returning Assembly Bill 1394 without my signature. This bill would add a representative of the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) to the Green Collar Jobs Council (GCJC). The bill also would create the Green Collar Jobs Account in the State Treasury and would authorize the California Workforce Investment Board (CWIB) to accept any revenues, moneys, grants, goods or services from federal or state governmental entities, philanthropic organizations, and other sources. This bill is unnecessary. The Employment Development Department currently administers all funding for grants and workforce initiatives with Workforce Investment Act funds. Further, it is inappropriate to include the DIR as a member of the GCJC as they are not currently a member of the CWIB. The GCJC already has the authority to consult with DIR as needed. For these reasons, I am returning this bill without my signature. Sincerely, Arnold Schwarzenegger

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AB 1439

Author

Solorio

Topic

Gang and youth violence: prevention.

Summary

Under existing law, the Office of Gang and Youth Violence Policy, which is in the Governor's Office of Emergency Services, is responsible for identifying and evaluating gang and youth violence programs and strategies, along with funding for those efforts. The Director of the Office of Gang and Youth Violence Policy is responsible for monitoring, assessing, and coordinating the state's gang and youth violence programs, as specified. This bill would require the director, subject to statutory limits and directives, to make recommendations to streamline existing state agency gang and youth violence grant programs with a goal toward giving priority to grant programs that employ evidence-based practices. It would require the director to create a working group consisting of representatives of state offices and representatives of other specified stakeholders to assist in this effort, with the director serving as the chairperson. The bill would require the working group to advise the office on the task of streamlining grant programs that address gang and youth violence, in accordance with certain procedures. This bill contains other existing laws.

Governor’s Veto Message

I am returning Assembly Bill 1439 without my signature. This measure would require the Director of the Office of Gang and Youth Violence Policy, subject to statutory limits and directives, to make recommendations to streamline existing state agency gang and youth violence grant programs, to create a working group to assist in this effort, and to develop a final report on their findings to be submitted to the Legislature on or before June 1, 2010. While I am supportive of anti-gang initiatives and programs, this measure would increase costs associated with the additional workload for the Office of Gang and Youth Violence Policy at a time when the state can least afford to do so. For these reasons, I am unable to sign this bill. Sincerely, Arnold Schwarzenegger

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AB 1510

Author

Eng

Topic

Public schools: parental access.

Summary

Existing law provides that the parents and guardians of pupils enrolled in public schools have the right and should have the opportunity, as mutually supportive and respectful partners in the education of their children within the public schools, to be informed by the school, and to participate in the education of their children, as specified, except to the extent that informing a parent or guardian or permitting participation by a parent or guardian in the education of a child conflicts with a valid restraining order, protective order, or order for custody or visitation issued by a court of competent jurisdiction. Existing law requires a school district to take all reasonable steps to ensure that all parents and guardians of pupils who speak a language other than English are properly notified in English and in their home language of these rights and opportunities. This bill would authorize parents and guardians of English learners to bring an oral language interpreter to all conferences, meetings, or proceedings held at a school district building or schoolsite or sponsored by the school district or school, except when prohibited by state or federal law.

Governor’s Veto Message

I am returning Assembly Bill 1510 without my signature. Nothing under current law prohibits a parent or guardian of English learning students from bringing an oral language interpreter to conferences, meetings, or proceedings that are held at a school site or district building, at their own expense. Therefore, this bill is unnecessary. For this reason, I am unable to sign this bill. Sincerely, Arnold Schwarzenegger

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AB 1559

Author

Committee on Labor and Employment

Topic

Workforce development: summer youth job training.

Summary

Existing law, the California Workforce Investment Act, establishes the California Workforce Investment Board (CWIB), which is the body responsible for assisting the Governor in the development, oversight, and continuous improvement of California's workforce investment system, and prescribes the functions and duties of the board. This bill would require the CWIB, in collaboration with local workforce investment boards, to establish the California Youth at Work Program, for the purpose of providing summer job training and work experience opportunities for youth in the state, in accordance with specified requirements. The bill would provide that the program shall only be implemented if the Director of Finance determines that there are sufficient federal funds made available to the state for the program pursuant to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 or other federal law, and would require that the program terminate at such time that the director determines that there are no longer sufficient federal funds available for the program. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Governor’s Veto Message

I am returning Assembly Bill 1559 without my signature. This bill requires the California Workforce Investment Board, in collaboration with local workforce investment boards, to establish a California Youth at Work Program, for the purpose of providing summer job training and work experience opportunities for youth in the state. While I support such an effort, this bill is unnecessary and could prove burdensome if it conflicts with the summer youth work programs the local workforce development boards are already in the process of developing. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provided funding specifically for a summer youth work program, which has already been distributed to the locals, and established specific criteria for the program. To the extent that this bill imposes additional requirements on the local workforce investment boards, it could hamper, rather than aid, in the development of effective programs. For this reason, I am returning this bill without my signature. Sincerely, Arnold Schwarzenegger

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ABX1 2

Author

Evans

Topic

Sales, use, income, fuel, and oil severance taxes.

Summary

The Motor Vehicle Fuel License Tax Law imposes a tax of $0.18 per gallon of fuel and requires, if the federal fuel tax is reduced below the rate of $0.09 per gallon and federal financial allocations to this state are reduced or eliminated, that the tax rate be increased so that the combined state and federal tax rate per gallon equals $0.27. The Diesel Fuel Tax Law imposes a tax of $0.18 upon each gallon of fuel, as provided. This bill would eliminate those fuel taxes on April 1, 2009. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Governor’s Veto Message

To the Members of the California State Assembly: I am returning Assembly Bill X1 2 without my signature because it is part of a bill package that does not deal with California's current budget and economic crisis. This bill package punishes Californians by raising revenue without providing permanent and ongoing cuts, does not create jobs or stimulate our economy, does not allow government to run more efficiently in California, and makes no attempt to keep people in their homes. Sincerely, Arnold Schwarzenegger

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ABX1 4

Author

Evans

Topic

Budget Act of 2008.

Summary

(1) Existing law requires the county superintendent of schools of each county, among other specified duties, to make annual visits to each school in his or her county at reasonable intervals to observe its operation and to learn of its problems. Existing law requires that the priority objective of those visits be the determination of whether each school has sufficient textbooks, as defined. This bill would revise the definition of sufficient textbooks for the 2008-09 and 2009-10 fiscal years and, during those fiscal years, would require a county superintendent of schools to use that revised definition to determine whether a school has sufficient textbooks. The bill would make these provisions inoperative on July 1, 2010, and repeal them on January 1, 2011. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Governor’s Veto Message

To the Members of the California State Assembly: I am returning Assembly Bill X1 4 without my signature because it is part of a package of bills that does not deal with California's current budget and economic crisis. This package of bills punishes Californians by raising revenue without providing permanent and ongoing cuts, does not create jobs or stimulate our economy, does not allow government to run more efficiently in California, and makes no attempt to keep people in their homes. Sincerely, Arnold Schwarzenegger

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ABX1 7

Author

Evans

Topic

Budget Act of 2008.

Summary

The Budget Act of 2008 (Chapters 268 and 269 of the Statutes of 2008) made appropriations for the support of state government during the 2008-09 fiscal year. This bill would amend the Budget Act of 2008 to make specified appropriations regarding public transit, state highway improvements, land use, parks, pollution, water management, flood protection, community conservation, and community colleges. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Governor’s Veto Message

To the Members of the California State Assembly: I am returning Assembly Bill X1 7 without my signature because it is part of a package of bills that does not deal with California's current budget and economic crisis. This package of bills punishes Californians by raising revenue without providing permanent and ongoing cuts, does not create jobs or stimulate our economy, does not allow government to run more efficiently in California, and makes no attempt to keep people in their homes. Sincerely, Arnold Schwarzenegger

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SB 34

Author

Corbett

Topic

Petitions: compensation for signatures.

Summary

Under existing law, a person who is a voter or is qualified to register to vote in this state may circulate an initiative or referendum petition, and a person who is a voter may circulate a recall petition. This bill would provide that it is a misdemeanor for a person to pay or to receive money or any other thing of value based on the number of signatures obtained on a state or local initiative, referendum, or recall petition and would prescribe penalties for doing so. By creating a new crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Governor’s Veto Message

I am returning Senate Bill 34 without my signature. The California Constitution provides an important system of checks and balance by giving the people direct control over their government through initiative, referendum and recall. This bill would limit the initiative process by prohibiting a person from paying or receiving money or anything of value based on the number of signatures obtained on such petitions. As I have stated when vetoing similar legislation, prohibitions on per-signature payments will make it more difficult for grassroots organizations to gather the necessary signatures and qualify measures for the ballot. Therefore, I am unable to sign this bill. Sincerely, Arnold Schwarzenegger

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SB 81

Author

Alquist

Topic

Regional occupational centers or programs.

Summary

Existing law authorizes the establishment of regional occupational centers or programs to provide career technical education and technical training to students. Existing law provides a system for the funding of regional occupational centers or programs that includes a provision for the apportionment of state funds to these centers or programs. This bill would require, from the 2009-10 fiscal year to the 2012-13 fiscal year, inclusive, that a regional occupational center or program established and maintained by school districts as a joint powers agency receive its operating funds directly from the county office of education of the county in which it is located, in a manner that is consistent with the apportionments for those school districts that comprise the joint powers authority that are provided to the county office of education pursuant to the annual Budget Act. This bill contains other related provisions.

Governor’s Veto Message

I am returning Senate Bill 81 without my signature. I am concerned that this bill runs counter to the intent of recently enacted K-12 categorical flexibility provisions that were part of the 2009-10 state budget agreement. Those provisions were included to assist K-12 schools in meeting their highest priorities in an environment of significant funding constraints. For this reason, I am unable to sign this bill. Sincerely, Arnold Schwarzenegger

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SB 84

Author

Steinberg

Topic

Education finance.

Summary

Existing law appropriates the sum of $402,000,000 from the General Fund to the Superintendent of Public Instruction for the 2009-10 fiscal year to be allocated to schoolsites selected to participate in the Quality Education Investment Act program, as specified. Existing law requires the Superintendent, for each school district and chartering authority receiving an allocation pursuant to these provisions, to reduce its revenue limit or its general purpose entitlement, as specified, for the 2009-10 school year by the amount of the allocation received pursuant to these provisions. This bill would condition this reduction upon certification by the Superintendent that an equivalent amount of additional federal or state funds that may be used by a school district or chartering authority for revenue limit or general purpose uses have been made available to the school district or chartering authority. The bill would require the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Director of Finance to report to the Legislature by March 1, 2010, the amount of the reductions specified in the bill that will not be eligible for restoration with available federal funding. This bill contains other related provisions.

Governor’s Veto Message

I am returning Senate Bill 84 without my signature. This bill is unnecessary. The state made many tough decisions to balance the budget for 2009-10, including reducing general-purpose funding for certain local educational agencies in order to ensure the continuation of the Quality Education Investment Act (QEIA) program, which provides targeted funding to improve academic achievement in the state's lowest performing schools. The intent in making these reductions was to direct available federal resources to compensate for the reductions. This bill would delay implementation of these reductions until comparable resources are identified, but does not provide a solution. Instead, my Administration has identified $355 million in federal Fiscal Stabilization Funds that have been provided to the State for the purpose of restoring reductions in the 2008-09 fiscal year. As a result, California will have a plan to achieve the savings included in the 2009-10 Budget, while holding QEIA schools harmless. With this plan, it avoids the need for county offices of education to require school districts to submit revised budgets detailing the assumed revenue limit reduction that was previously anticipated. My Administration will be working with the Legislature to implement this plan. For these reason, I cannot sign this bill. Sincerely, Arnold Schwarzenegger

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SB 86

Author

Yee

Topic

Public postsecondary education: executive officer compensation.

Summary

Existing law establishes the University of California, which is administered by the Regents of the University of California, the California State University, which is administered by the Trustees of the California State University, and the California Community Colleges, which is administered by the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, as the 3 segments of public postsecondary education in this state. Existing law authorizes the regents, the trustees, and the board to employ officers and other employees. This bill would prohibit the trustees from increasing the monetary compensation, as defined, of, or approving a monetary bonus for, any executive officer, as defined, of the California State University in any fiscal year in which the General Fund appropriation to the California State University in the annual Budget Act is less than, or equal to, the General Fund appropriation to the university in the annual Budget Act for the immediately preceding fiscal year. The bill would request the regents to not increase the monetary compensation of, or approve a monetary bonus for, any executive officer, as defined, of the University of California, in any fiscal year in which the General Fund appropriation to the University of California in the annual Budget Act is less than, or equal to, the General Fund appropriation to the university in the annual Budget Act for the immediately preceding fiscal year.

Governor’s Veto Message

I am returning Senate Bill 86 without my signature. This bill would limit the ability of the University of California (UC) and the California State University (CSU) to continue to provide a high level of quality education that our students deserve when they choose to attend California public universities. A blanket prohibition limiting the flexibility for the UC and CSU to compete, both nationally and internationally, in attracting and retaining high level personnel does a disservice to those students seeking the kind of quality education that our higher education segments offer. The Regents and the Trustees should be prudent in managing their systems, given the difficult fiscal crisis we face as a state, but it is unnecessary for the State to micromanage their operations. Finally, this measure is flawed by failing to adequately specify what appropriations would be considered in triggering its provisions. It is possible that capital outlay appropriations and lease purchase debt appropriations, which have little to do with discretionary instructional program expenditures, could vary considerably from year to year, thereby making the appropriations test specified in this bill ambiguous and subject to legal interpretation. For these reasons, I am unable to sign this bill. Sincerely, Arnold Schwarzenegger

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SB 115

Author

Lowenthal

Topic

Public employment.

Summary

The California Constitution requires Members of the Legislature, and all public officers and employees, to take and subscribe a specified oath of office. The California Constitution permits inferior officers and employees to be exempted by law from this requirement. This bill would require that a public employee or applicant seeking public employment be permitted to decline to take and subscribe the oath of office based on moral, ethical, or religious beliefs that conflict with his or her ability to take and subscribe the oath without mental reservation, if he or she is otherwise willing and able to uphold the United States Constitution and the constitution and laws of this state and to complete the duties of employment. The bill would require that person to sign a statement that he or she declines to take and subscribe the oath required pursuant to existing law, based on moral, ethical, or religious beliefs that conflict with his or her ability to take that oath, as specified, and to take and subscribe a specified alternate statement to that effect. The bill would except from these provisions a public officer, employee, or applicant for public employment who is elected or who serves at the pleasure of an elected official. The bill would also make conforming changes and make a related statement of legislative findings.

Governor’s Veto Message

I am returning Senate Bill 115 without my signature. Existing law already requires public employers, including the State of California, to accommodate an employee whose sincerely held religious beliefs conflict with an employment requirement. Therefore, this bill is unnecessary. For this reason I am unable to sign this bill. Sincerely, Arnold Schwarzenegger

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SB 212

Author

Florez

Topic

Pupil health: communicable diseases.

Summary

Existing law requires the governing board of each school district maintaining a high school to provide for the annual cleaning, sterilization, and necessary repair of football equipment of their schools and requires that all football equipment actually worn by pupils to be cleaned and sterilized at least once a year. This bill would authorize the governing board of each school district maintaining a high school to provide for the annual cleaning and sterilization of wrestling equipment as specified by the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the State Board of Education. The Superintendent and the state board would be required to develop and approve, respectively, information and guidelines on the prevention of communicable diseases at schoolsites, including the maintenance of locker rooms, athletic equipment, and synthetic ground covers used for athletic fields and ways to minimize the spread of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and meningococcal disease. The Superintendent would be required to post the information and guidelines on the department's Internet Web site.

Governor’s Veto Message

I am returning Senate Bill 212 without my signature. While I grappled with this issue, I came to the conclusion that nothing in current law prohibits school districts from cleaning and sterilizing wrestling equipment. Furthermore, during the time I was working diligently on providing an acceptable water plan for the Central Valley, I was able to pin down the fact that the Superintendent of Public Instruction already has the authority to develop information and guidelines regarding the prevention of communicable diseases on school campuses. Therefore, this bill is unnecessary. The Legislature needs to wrestle with whether it will continue to pass bills like this one, that current law sufficiently addresses, or whether it will go to the mat on pressing issues such as water infrastructure, tax reform, and federal education funding. For these reasons, I am unable to sign this bill. Sincerely, Arnold Schwarzenegger

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SB 248

Author

Oropeza

Topic

Educational equity: Title IX.

Summary

Existing law prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability, gender, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or other specified characteristics, in any program or activity conducted by an educational institution, as defined, that receives, or benefits from, state financial assistance or enrolls pupils who receive state student financial aid. Existing law prohibits public funds from being used in connection with any athletic program conducted under the auspices of the governing board of a school district or a student organization with the district that does not provide equal opportunity to both sexes for participation and for use of facilities. Existing law lists the rights that are based on the relevant provision of the federal regulations implementing the federal law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities (Title IX) and requires the State Department of Education to post that list on its Internet Web site. This bill would require a school district, the president or chief executive officer of a community college campus, and the president of a campus of the California State University, by July 1, 2010, to place on their respective Internet Web sites the list of rights accorded to students under Title IX. The bill would request the chancellor of each campus of the University of California also to place the list of those rights on its campus Internet Web site by July 1, 2010. By requiring school districts and community college campuses to post this information on their respective Internet Web sites, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Governor’s Veto Message

I am returning Senate Bill 248 without my signature. I have previously signed the author's bill into law that required the posting of existing Title IX requirements on school campuses and on the California Department of Education website to help promote greater student and parental awareness of athletic equity issues in California schools. This bill is largely duplicative and unnecessary, and would result in costs that are imprudent to incur at this time. Therefore, I am unable to sign this bill. Sincerely, Arnold Schwarzenegger

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SB 257

Author

Pavley

Topic

Lactation accommodation: state employees.

Summary

Existing law requires employers, including the state, to provide a reasonable amount of break time to employees desiring to express breast milk. Employers are also required to make reasonable efforts to provide the use of a room, or other location, other than a toilet stall, in close proximity to the employees' work area, for the employee to express milk in private. This bill would require every state agency and department, including local offices, when notified by a female employee that she is nearing maternity leave, to notify the employee, through its usual channels of communication with state employees and in the most cost-effective manner, of specified information regarding breast-feeding, including an explanation and summary of the provisions described above relating to lactation accommodation, information regarding lactation accommodation on the Internet Web site of the Department of Public Health, and a listing of other comprehensive breast-feeding support organizations with Internet links. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Governor’s Veto Message

I am returning Senate Bill 257 without my signature. This bill would require every state agency and department, including local offices, when notified by a female employee that she is nearing maternity leave, to notify the employee of information regarding lactation accommodation on the Internet Web site of the Department of Public Health. While I appreciate the author's intent, I believe that this bill is unnecessary. Current law already requires that accommodation be made for lactating employees. I do not believe it has been adequately demonstrated that employees are unaware of their options. For these reasons, I am unable to sign this bill. Sincerely, Arnold Schwarzenegger

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SB 272

Author

Wiggins

Topic

Educational counseling.

Summary

Existing law authorizes the governing board of any school district to provide a comprehensive educational counseling program for all pupils enrolled in the district. Existing law requires that educational counseling include academic counseling, in which pupils receive counseling regarding establishment and implementation of educational plans, achievement of proficiency standards, completion of required curriculum, and access to, and success in, higher education, and career and vocational counseling, in which pupils are assisted in planning for the future, becoming aware of their career potential, developing realistic perceptions of work, and relating to the work world. This bill would state legislative intent relating to the role of school counselors and counseling programs. The bill would, to align academic counseling with the Middle and High School Supplemental Counseling Program, authorize the academic counseling component of educational counseling to also include an individualized review of pupil's academic and deportment records and of his or her career goals, and the opportunity for a counselor to meet with each pupil and his or her parents or legal guardian to explain the academic progress needed to complete middle or high school, pass the high school exit examination, and be eligible for admission to a 4-year institution of postsecondary education and the availability of career technical education, among other things. This bill contains other related provisions.

Governor’s Veto Message

I am returning Senate Bill 272 without my signature. School district governing boards already have the authority to include the specified program requirements within its comprehensive educational counseling program. Nothing under current law prohibits a district from doing so. As a result, this bill is unnecessary. Therefore, I am unable to sign this bill. Sincerely, Arnold Schwarzenegger

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SB 279

Author

Hancock

Topic

Local government: community facilities districts.

Summary

The Mello-Roos Community Facilities Act of 1982 authorizes a community facilities district to finance the purchase, construction, expansion, improvement, or rehabilitation of certain facilities, including, among others, child care facilities, undergrounding of water transmission and distribution facilities, and the cleanup of hazardous materials. This bill would also authorize a community facilities district to finance and refinance the acquisition, installation, and improvement of energy efficiency, water conservation, and renewable energy improvements to or on real property and in buildings, as specified. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Governor’s Veto Message

I am returning Senate Bill 279 without my signature. As I stated when vetoing an identical bill last session, I support the use and inclusion of energy efficiency products for homes in our state. However, by allowing Mello-Roos taxes to be imposed on homeowners to finance energy efficiency improvements, this bill would represent a fundamental shift in the purpose of Mello-Roos taxes, which are intended to finance core infrastructure needs such as roadways, sewers, and street lighting. This is a shift that I cannot support. For these reasons, I am unable to sign this bill. Sincerely, Arnold Schwarzenegger

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SB 288

Author

Yee

Topic

Elections: names of candidates.

Summary

Existing law requires the translation of ballots and ballot materials into languages other than English when specified circumstances exist. This bill would require that, if a jurisdiction provides a translation of the candidates' alphabet-based names into a character-based language, such as Chinese, Japanese, or Korean, phonetic transliterations of the alphabet-based names of candidates be provided. The bill would also permit a specified jurisdiction that provides translations of candidates' names to establish a process by which specified candidates may appeal the translation of his or her alphabet-based name in addition to procedures available under current law. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Governor’s Veto Message

I am returning Senate Bill 288 without my signature. This bill would require a candidate's alphabet-based name to be phonetically translated if the county is required to provide translated ballot materials in a character-based language. This bill is in response to abuse by candidates that try to use a popular Asian name in order to gain support in that ethnic community. This unscrupulous practice should be prevented; however, a change in state policy is unnecessary. Under current law, local elections officials have the authority to address this fraudulent behavior and to set policies that are appropriate for their unique jurisdictions. For example, the director of elections in San Francisco has established a Chinese name translation policy to address concerns that improper translations were being used by candidates in local races. I encourage local elections officials to continue to address the concerns raised in this bill at the local level. Sincerely, Arnold Schwarzenegger

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SB 305

Author

Corbett

Topic

School facilities: construction: seismic mitigation.

Summary

Existing law requires the Department of General Services, in consultation with the Seismic Safety Commission, to conduct an inventory of public school buildings that are concrete tilt-up school buildings and school buildings with nonwood frame walls that do not meet specified standards. The Kindergarten-University Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2006 makes available up to $199.5 million for the purposes of seismic repair, reconstruction, or replacement pursuant to the Hardship Assistance Program of the Leroy F. Greene School Facilities Act of 1998. This bill would require the Office of the State Architect, within its existing resources, to update the seismic safety inventory of school buildings and related report to more accurately identify building deficiencies in school facilities currently being used for public school purposes. The bill would require the State Allocation Board to use the information from this updated inventory and report to inform the development of eligibility criteria for the Seismic Mitigation Program, as defined.

Governor’s Veto Message

I am returning Senate Bill 305 without my signature. This bill would require the Office of the State Architect to update an existing report. Nothing in current law precludes this from occurring, and it is already being done. Therefore, this bill is unnecessary. For this reason I am unable to sign this bill. Sincerely, Arnold Schwarzenegger

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SB 315

Author

Liu

Topic

Pupil safety: walking schoolbus.

Summary

Existing law makes each school district and county office of education responsible for the overall development of all comprehensive school safety plans for its schools operating kindergarten or any of grades 1 to 12, inclusive. Existing law requires that a comprehensive school safety plan include specified elements, including, but not limited to, development of procedures for safe ingress and egress of pupils, parents, and school employees to and from school. This bill would authorize the governing board of any school district to establish and maintain a walking schoolbus, defined as a group of pupils walking to or from school with one or more supervising adults, for the purpose of ensuring the safe passage of pupils to and from school.

Governor’s Veto Message

I am returning Senate Bill 315 without my signature. This is potentially one of these least substantive education bills approved by the Legislature this year. This bill authorizes a school district to establish and maintain a "walking school bus" defined as a group of students walking to or from school under the supervision of an adult. Nothing under current law prohibits a district from allowing students to walk to and from school as a group under the supervision of an adult. Common sense should not require Legislative authorization. For these reasons, I am unable to sign this bill. Sincerely, Arnold Schwarzenegger

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SB 520

Author

Pavley

Topic

High school curriculum: community service.

Summary

Existing law sets forth the courses a pupil is required to complete while in grades 9 to 12, inclusive, in order to graduate from high school and authorizes the governing board of a school district to specify by rule other required coursework. This bill would authorize the governing board of a school district to offer credit, as specified, for hours of community service provided outside of regular school hours by a pupil, for a maximum of 2 semesters. The bill would require a school district that elects to offer credit for community service to establish and maintain a list of suitable community service organizations from which a pupil would be required to choose to complete the community service hours. The bill also would require a school district to require the pupil to submit a report or other academic assignments, as determined by the district, on the community service experience and would require the community service organization to verify the hours served by the pupil.

Governor’s Veto Message

I am returning Senate Bill 520 without my signature. It is important to instill in our youth the value and importance of service and volunteerism. Service and volunteerism provide all Californians an opportunity to participate in building and strengthening our state and local communities. I believe in the power of volunteerism so much that I created the first-in-the-nation state cabinet level Secretary of Service and Volunteering. However, this bill is too prescriptive and may result in less schools opting to provide the volunteer opportunities for credit. Ultimately, current law already provides the authority for school districts to allow volunteer service credits for their students in a manner that they deem most appropriate for their local communities. For these reasons, I am unable to sign this bill. Sincerely, Arnold Schwarzenegger

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SBX1 7

Author

Ducheny

Topic

Budget Act of 2008: state and local government.

Summary

(1) Existing law establishes various funds in the State Treasury. Existing law also provides for the investment of money in the State Treasury, generally, by the Pooled Money Investment Board, in the Pooled Money Investment Account. Interest earned and increments derived from these investments are distributed to the Surplus Money Investment Fund and the General Fund. This bill would authorize the Controller to loan moneys in various funds to the General Fund for specified purposes. The bill would require that, with specified exception, interest be paid on all moneys loaned to the General Fund at a rate determined by the Pooled Money Investment Board to be the current earning rate of the fund from which the moneys were loaned. The bill would not authorize any transfer that would interfere with the carrying out of the object for which the funds were created. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Governor’s Veto Message

To the Members of the California State Senate: I am returning Senate Bill X1 7 without my signature because it is part of a package of bills that does not deal with California's current budget and economic crisis. This package of bills punishes Californians by raising revenue without providing permanent and ongoing cuts, does not create jobs or stimulate our economy, does not allow government to run more efficiently in California, and makes no attempt to keep people in their homes. Sincerely, Arnold Schwarzenegger

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SBX3 16

Author

Ducheny

Topic

Budget Act of 2009: revisions.

Summary

The Budget Act of 2009 (Chapter 1 of the 2009-10 Third Extraordinary Session) made appropriations for the support of state government for the 2009-10 fiscal year. This bill would make revisions in some of those appropriations for the 2009-10 fiscal year. The bill would make specified reductions in certain appropriations. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Governor’s Veto Message

To the Members of the California State Senate: I am returning Senate Bill X3 16 without my signature. I have been very clear that the Legislature must solve the entire deficit, must make the hard decisions now, and must not push the problem off to tomorrow. This bill and its companion measure, SB X3 17, do not meet any of those criteria. For these reasons, I am returning this bill without my signature. Sincerely, Arnold Schwarzenegger

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