Bill to Save California State University System $1.6 Million Stalls in Assembly Higher Education Committee

Sen. Cannella's SB 736 Falls One Vote Short of Passage
Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Assembly Higher Education Committee today failed to approve Senate Bill 736, a measure by State Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) that would have saved the California State University System $1.6 million annually by streamlining systemwide financial reporting practices and eliminating duplicative campus audits.

“If we’re serious about ensuring that the California State University system can continue to provide top-notch, accessible higher education – particularly in the midst of our state’s budget crisis – then we should also provide relief from duplicative state mandates that consume time and resources that would be better spent educating the next generation of leaders,” said Sen. Cannella. “The amount of money this bill would have saved CSU is equal to the state funding needed to support 220 full-time students. I’m extremely disappointed that my colleagues decided to sit out this important opportunity to support the CSU system.”

SB 736 was approved by the Senate Education Committee and the full California State Senate with overwhelming bipartisan support. However, the measure gained only four votes from the Assembly Education Committee, falling one vote short of the five-vote majority requirement needed to advance. The final vote count was 4-0.