BILL ANALYSIS Senate Appropriations Committee Fiscal Summary Senator Christine Kehoe, Chair 1075 (Correa) Hearing Date: 05/17/2010 Amended: 04/28/2010 Consultant: Dan Troy Policy Vote: ED 8-0 _________________________________________________________________ ____ BILL SUMMARY: SB 1075 would allow students granted leave for military service to request reasonable accommodations and assistance in meeting coursework requirements missed from the postsecondary institution in which they are enrolled. _________________________________________________________________ ____ Fiscal Impact (in thousands) Major Provisions 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 Fund Military leave Indeterminable, though likely minor costs General* *Counts toward meeting the Proposition 98 minimum funding guarantee _________________________________________________________________ ____ STAFF COMMENTS: Current law permits college students called to active duty from tuition loss to request a 100 percent credit of their paid tuition and fees toward a subsequent academic year or a full refund of the tuition and fees if the student withdraws before the withdrawal date established by the institution. This bill would add an option for students in this situation to request "reasonable" accommodation to assist the student so that he or she meet may meet any coursework requirements missed during the leave of absence. Neither the University of California nor the California State University report any fiscal concerns related to the bill. The Chancellor's Office of the California Community Colleges (CCCs) notes that there may be some minor costs for local CCC districts depending on the whether this new option results in increased demand for accommodations for students in this situation. While any local CCC costs could expose the state to reimbursable mandate claims, staff anticipates that these costs would be minor. The bill specifies that accommodations should be "reasonable," so it would seem likely that requested accommodations that would be costly would likely be satisfied with the fee credits or reimbursements already established in current law.