BILL NUMBER: SB 55	AMENDED
	BILL TEXT

	AMENDED IN SENATE  MARCH 17, 2005

INTRODUCED BY   Senator Lowenthal

                        JANUARY 12, 2005

   An act to amend Section 72121.5 of the Education Code, relating to
community colleges.


	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   SB 55, as amended, Lowenthal.  Community colleges: community
college district governing boards: meeting agendas.
   Under existing law, the California Community Colleges is
established under the administration of the Board of Governors of the
California Community Colleges. Existing law also establishes
community college districts, and requires each district to be under
the control of a governing board.
   Existing law requires that, with certain exceptions, all meetings
of the governing board of a community college district are to be open
to the public, and that an agenda shall be posted by the governing
board. Existing law also requires community college district
governing boards to adopt reasonable regulations to carry out the
intent of the Legislature that members of the public be able to place
matters directly related to community college district business on
the agenda of district governing board meetings and that the members
of the public be able to address the board regarding items on the
agenda as those items are taken up.

   The bill would  require that, when the presiding officer of a
local academic senate notifies, in writing, the executive officer of
a community college district governing board that a motion of no
confidence has been adopted by that academic senate with respect to a
campus or district administrator of that district, the executive
officer of the governing board shall cause that matter to be placed
on the agenda of the next meeting of that governing board. The bill
would also require the matter to be placed on the agenda of a second
meeting of the governing board, to be held no sooner than one month,
and no later than 2 months, after the first meeting for which the
matter was placed on the agenda in order that the governing board may
make certain determinations regarding that matter.   
   The bill would specify that its provisions not be construed to
require a community college district governing board to conduct a
special meeting. 
    The bill would also  make various technical,
nonsubstantive changes in  a   this 
provision  relating to the agendas of community college
district governing boards  .
   Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no.
State-mandated local program: no.


THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:


  SECTION 1.  Section 72121.5 of the  Education Code  is amended to
read:
   72121.5.  (a) (1) It is the intent of the Legislature that members
of the public be able to place matters directly related to community
college district business on the agenda of community college
district governing board meetings, and that members of the public be
able to address the board regarding items on the agenda as those
items are taken up.
   (2) Governing boards shall adopt reasonable regulations to ensure
that the intent of this subdivision is carried out. These regulations
may specify reasonable procedures to ensure the proper functioning
of governing board meetings.(b)  (1)     When
the presiding officer of a local academic senate notifies, in
writing, the executive officer of a community college district
governing board that a motion of no confidence has been adopted by
that academic senate with respect to a campus or district
administrator of that district, the executive officer of the
governing board shall cause that matter to be placed on the agenda of
the next meeting of that governing board.  
   (2) The community college district governing board shall place the
matter referenced in paragraph (1) a second time at a followup
meeting to be set no sooner than one month, and no later than two
months, after the first meeting for which this matter was placed on
the agenda. The purpose of the second discussion shall be to
determine whether any improvements have occurred since the matter was
brought to the attention of the governing board, and whether any
outside technical assistance should be sought by the governing board.
 
   (3) This section shall not be construed to require a community
college district governing board to conduct a special meeting. 
    (c)    This section shall not preclude the
taking of testimony at regularly scheduled meetings on matters not on
the agenda which any member of the public may wish to bring before
the board, provided that no action is taken by the board on those
matters at the same meeting at which that testimony is taken. Nothing
in this subdivision shall be construed to limit further discussion
on the same subject matter at a subsequent meeting.