In response to the annual call for sponsored legislation proposals from the office of State Government Relations (SGR), IMPAC works with the Divisions of Academic Affairs, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Finance, and Business Operations to develop and coordinate legislative proposals. In addition to providing assistance to departments in the preparation of the draft proposals, we ensure appropriate consultation and communication with other units within OP such as the Office of General Counsel or the Budget Office and serve as the liaison between Sacramento and the Office of the President throughout the process.
Success in sponsoring legislation requires a sustained commitment of UC staff and resources both at the Office of the President and Sacramento as a bill progresses through the legislative process. Typically this entails four legislative committee hearings, floor action in both the Senate and Assembly and working with the Governor's office to secure a signature on the bill once it has been passed by the Legislature. From inception through enactment, IMPAC staff work closely with the departments to prepare policy analytical work and to develop collateral materials needed by the State Governmental Relations office to advocate for the bill in the Capitol.
As part of these efforts IMPAC develops correspondence with members of the Legislature and the Governor's Office, fact sheets, floor alerts, assists in preparing experts witnesses to testify in committee hearings, craft amendments as necessary, and responds to any other legislative inquiries related to a sponsored proposal. Throughout this process, we communicate the legislation's progress through the legislative process to OP departments and anticipate needs, ensuring that the bill continues to move through the legislative process.
Examples of Previous Chaptered Sponsored Legislation
AB 1663 (Dickinson) COSMOS Program
Our sponsored bill on the COSMOS program aligns the Education Code with the tuition that the program has been charging — it requests the UC Regents to set a tuition fee for the program up to $2,810 for the 2012 session and requests that the Regents not increase that fee by more than 5% annually thereafter.
SB 1280 (Pavley) Best Value Procurement
This bill creates administrative efficiencies and cost savings for the university by amending the Public Contract Code to allow UC to select the lowest responsible bidder on a contract for goods and services on the basis of the best value to the university.
SB 611 (Steinberg) — University of California Curriculum Integration Institution (UCCII)
This bill requests UC to establish and maintain the University of California Curriculum Integration Institute (UCCII) to facilitate statewide collaboration in providing pupils with career-oriented, integrated academic and technical education. The UCCI was established last year, so this bill would place the existing program into statute. This professional development institute brings together academic and career technical high school teachers, administrators, and experts from across California to design innovative model courses that integrate CTE and "a-g" curriculum for use statewide.
SB 612 (Steinberg) — Reauthorization of the California Subject Matter Projects (CSMP)
SB 612 reauthorizes the California Subject Matter Projects to operate indefinitely and adds the physical education, arts, and foreign language projects to statute (currently only six of the nine projects are in statute). The bill also adds as an area of emphasis for the projects to provide teachers with instructional strategies for ongoing collaboration on the delivery of career-oriented and integrated academic content.
SB 835 (Wolk) — Best Value Contracting
The Best Value Construction Contracts Pilot Program, which currently applies only to UCSF, remains in effect until January 1, 2012. SB 835 extends the pilot program until January 1, 2015 and requires UC to submit a report on the best value procedures pilot program before 1/1/12.
SJR 1 (Liu) Joint Resolution Commemorating the Morrill Act Anniversary
SJR 1 is a joint resolution from the California legislature which would recognize and congratulate the President of the United States and the U.S. Congress on the 150th Anniversary of the Morrill Act (so-called "Land Grant Act"), which stimulated states to create public universities that would provide access to higher education for millions and which would focus on agriculture and mechanical arts that formed the basis of the national economy at the time (1862).