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          Date of Hearing:  May 4, 2016


                               Lorena Gonzalez, Chair

          2386 (Williams) - As Amended March 15, 2016

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          Urgency:  No  State Mandated Local Program:  NoReimbursable:  No


          This bill requires that one of the Governor's sixteen  
          appointments to the California State University (CSU) Board of  
          Trustees (BOT) be a nonfaculty CSU employee appointed to a  
          two-year term. The appointee must be a permanent employee who is  
          not in a management personnel plan, a confidential  
          classification, or an excluded classification. The bill also  
          requires an independent system staff council, funded by CSU  
          employee organizations, to provide the Governor with a list of  


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          two nominees for the position.

          FISCAL EFFECT:

          As it does for the faculty BOT representative, CSU would buy out  
          the represented staff member's time while in service on the BOT.  
          Those costs would depend on the type of employee appointed to  
          the board. Represented staff annual salaries range from $33,000  
          (groundskeeper) to $220,000 (physician), though relatively few  
          staff are at the high end of this range.


          1)Purpose. According to the author, the Trustees are represented  
            by alumni, faculty, students, administration, ex officio  
            members, and Governor appointees. The author contends that  
            classified employees are the only unrepresented entity on the  
            Board. The author states that, "This bill is necessary as  
            there has never been an appointment of a classified employee  
            in the Boards' 34 year existence.  An appointment would give  
            voice to the 20,000 classified staff members employed by the  

            It should be noted that the California Community College Board  
            of Governors includes a nonfaculty appointment.

          2)Background. The BOT consists of the following:

             a)   Five ex officio members: the governor, Lieutenant  
               Governor, Assembly Speaker, Superintendent of Public  
               Instruction, and the Chancellor; 

             b)   An Alumni Trustee appointed by the CSU Statewide Alumni  


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             c)   A Faculty Trustee appointed by the governor from a list  
               of nominees proposed by the Statewide Academic Senate. 

             d)   Two student trustees appointed by the governor from a  
               list of nominees proposed by the California State Student  
               Association. One has full voting powers; the second,  
               non-voting student trustee succeeds to the voting position  
               upon the expiration of the term of the first.

             e)   Sixteen remaining trustees appointed by the governor,  
               subject to Senate confirmation, and serving eight-year  

          3)Prior Legislation. AB 2721 (Pan), which was similar to this  
            measure, was vetoed. The Governor stated, "Since the Board of  
            Trustees was established in 1960, there have only been 4  
            additions to the Board. The last of these was the addition of  
            the non-voting student member in 1999. I am not persuaded that  
            increasing the membership of the Board beyond 25 is  

          4)Opposition. While not opposed to having a non-faculty staff  
            member as a Trustee, CSU believes the position should be open  
            to all non-faculty, rather than excluding certain  
            classifications as in AB 2386. CSU also argues that the staff  
            council should be formed by the Chancellor and operated  
            consistent with that of the Faculty Senate and the California  
            State Student Association for their respective trustees.

          Analysis Prepared by:Chuck Nicol / APPR. / (916) 319-2081


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