Previously Sponsored and Supported Bills

2013 Legislation


SB 440: Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act of 2013

Author: Senator Padilla
Status: Signed by Governor
Campaign Position: Sponsor

SB 440 was signed by Governor Brown in October 2013. This bill requires community colleges to create an associate degree for transfer in every major offered by that district college that has an approved transfer model curriculum and to create associate degrees for transfer in areas of emphasis. The bill also requires California State University campuses to accept transfer model curriculum-aligned associate degrees for transfer in each of the California State University degree options within a major field, and accept transfer model curriculum-aligned associate degrees for transfer in each of the specified areas of emphasis. Additionally, SB 440 requires the California State University to develop an admissions redirection process for students admitted pursuant to the Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act who apply for admission to the California State University, but are not accepted into the campuses specifically applied to. Finally, the bill requires the California Community Colleges and the California State University, in consultation with key stakeholders, to develop a student-centered communication and marketing strategy in order to increase the visibility of the associate degree for transfer pathway for all students in California.


SB 195: California Postsecondary Education: State Goals

Author: Senator Liu
Status: Signed by Governor
Campaign Position: Support

Establishes statewide goals for guiding budget and policy decisions in higher education. Additionally, the bill declares the Legislature’s intent to identify and define appropriate metrics and interim targets for the achievement of statewide goals to improve student success, better align degree and credentials and ensure effective and efficient use of resources.


SB 284: Income Taxes: Credits: Contributions to Education Funds

Author: Senator de León
Status: Vetoed by Governor
Campaign Position: Support

SB 284 would establish the College Access Tax Credit Fund to provide a state tax credit for voluntary contributions into the fund. Contributions to the Fund would be capped at $500 million dollars per calendar year.


SB 285: Student Financial Aid: Cal Grant Program

Author: Senator de León
Status: Vetoed by Governor
Campaign Position: Support

SB 285 would appropriate moneys from the Fund, after legislative authorization in the annual state budget, to supplement the Cal Grant B access awards for low-income students. The increased Cal Grant B access awards that students receive would be capped at $5,000 per academic year.


SB 524: Pupil Instruction: Pathways Curriculum Task Force

Author: Senator Lara
Status: Inactive – Held in Assembly Appropriations
Campaign Position: Support

The bill would create a one-year Pathways Curriculum Task Force to establish learning goals focused on college and career readiness for students at elementary, middle, and high school levels, and help them achieve these goals.