CSU Transparency Bill reintroduced

Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) hopes the third time’s the charm – or more importantly having a new governor is the charm – as he reintroduces legislation to bring greater transparency and accountability at California’s public higher education institutions.

As the Legislature convened the 2011 Session on Monday, Yee introduced a bill that was twice vetoed by current Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Yee’s bill would update the California Public Records Act to include foundations and other auxiliary organizations that perform government functions at the University of California, California State University, and California’s community colleges.

“I am confident that unlike his predecessor, Governor-elect Jerry Brown will match his action with his rhetoric and sign this bill into law,” said Yee.

The bill – which CFA will co-sponsor – will require foundations and other auxiliary non-profits connected with the state’s public universities and colleges to widen the scope of accountability for how the CSU gets, spends, and manages – or in some cases hides – its money.