Below are excerpts detailing the recent development in relation to SB 42. The entire article by Michelle Leung from The Daily Californian can be found here.
Gov. Jerry Brown announced Wednesday his decision to veto a bill, SB 42, that would have established a new agency to oversee all higher education in the state.
Supporters of the bill hoped that rebooting the agency with modifications would give the higher education system leadership and guidance as well as improved research and analysis capabilities at the state level. The OHEPA would have been independent of other higher education entities but would have been required to seek input from and consult with an advisory board and higher education segments. Brown cited concerns that adding another office to oversee higher education would be unnecessary. “While there is much work to be done to improve higher education, I am not convinced we need a new office and an advisory board, especially of the kind this bill proposes, to get the job done,” Brown wrote in a veto message to the Senate.