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Governor Signs Bill to Bring Greater Transparency to Public Higher Education
AB 1723 Sponsored by the California Faculty Association Increases Public Access to Higher Education Decision-making


SACRAMENTO – Today, Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1723 authored by Assemblymember Felipe Fuentes (AD39) and sponsored by the California Faculty Association. AB 1723 would use advances in technology to provide the public with access to accurate, real-time televised or webcast transmissions of California State University Board of Trustees meetings.

The bill requires the governing boards of the CSU, California Student Aid Commission, and California Community Colleges to provide video and audio transmissions of all board meetings open to the public. The law also requires an online archive of the transmissions. And, the law requests the same of the University of California Regents. 

“We thank Assemblymember Fuentes and Governor Brown for increasing access to the decision-making process in public higher education to all stakeholders throughout the state,” said Dr. Lillian Taiz, president of the California Faculty Association and a professor of history at Cal State Los Angeles. 

“We can watch and listen to our federal, state, and local governments debate significant policy and programmatic issues. Now, millions of students, parents, and other interested individuals and organizations will have the same ability to engage in the important decisions affecting public higher education,” added Taiz.

The bill passed the Assembly and Senate with unanimous support before heading to the Governor for signature. The California Faculty Association has long-championed greater access and transparency in public higher education for students, faculty, university communities, and the public.

CFA represents 24,000 faculty, librarians, coaches and counselors who teach in the California State University.

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