October 1, 2008
Yesterday, Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed AB 1526, thereby blocking an attempt by the Legislature to place an initiative on the ballot to repeal the guaranteed continuous appropriation for Proposition 49.
While this is a welcome decision, it should be considered a temporary reprieve rather than a final victory. There were only a handful of legislators who opposed the bill, and it is likely that this proposal, or one similar, will be brought back for future consideration - and next time with a Governor less vested in after-school. The Sacramento Bee underscored this point, suggesting that the Governor vetoed the bill for personal, rather than political, reasons.
Unfortunately, the Governor also chose to veto SB 1674 (Torlakson), citing that the bill went beyond the scope of Proposition 49. This is a disappointing and unexpected outcome that has left after-school advocates searching for answers.
We encourage you to participate in regional meetings the League will be holding this month throughout California, so that you can join with colleagues to determine what you can do in your community to raise awareness of this looming threat to after-school funding and advocate on the behalf of your students and families. Your input will be a critical component in building an effective strategy to meet this challenge.
Yours in Partnership,
September 25, 2008
Many of you saw this memo from Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell, dated September 19, which appeared to indicate that the Governor had signed the budget trailer bill, AB 1526. This bill proposes to place an initiative on the ballot to repeal the guaranteed continuous appropriation for Proposition 49, and instead give the Legislature the authority to set the funding level for after-school programs at their discretion. While this memo accurately describes salient aspects of the budget the Legislature forwarded to the Governor for signature, it was distributed prior to the Governor's final approval. The Governor signed the Budget Act on Monday, along with many of the accompanying trailer bills, but as of today he has not yet acted on AB 1526. Sources inside the Administration continue to report that he will veto the bill. LCAP will keep you promptly informed regarding any new information pertaining to this bill.
Yours in Partnership,
September 16, 2008
Last night, AB 1526 and its accompanying Senate Bill 1082 were approved by the Legislature. These bills propose to put before the voters an opportunity to repeal the guaranteed continuous appropriation for Proposition 49, and give the Legislature the authority to set whatever funding level it deems appropriate for after-school programs, beginning in FY 2009/10. The bills include language directing the Secretary of State to disregard established deadlines and place the measure on the November 4, 2008, ballot.
SEC. 4 (c) Notwithstanding Section 13115 of the Elections Code, Sections 1, 2, and 3 of this act and any other measure placed on the ballot by the Legislature for the November 4, 2008, statewide general election after the 131-day deadline set forth in Section 9040 of the Elections Code shall be placed on the ballot, following all other ballot measures, in the order in which they qualified as determined by chapter number.
(d) The Secretary of State shall include, in the ballot pamphlets
mailed pursuant to Section 9094 of the Elections Code, the
information specified in Section 9084 of the Elections Code regarding
the provisions contained in Sections 1, 2, and 3 of this act. If
that inclusion is not possible, the Secretary of State shall publish
a supplemental ballot pamphlet regarding those provisions to be
mailed with the ballot pamphlet. If the supplemental ballot pamphlet
cannot be mailed with the ballot pamphlet, the supplemental ballot
pamphlet shall be mailed separately.
Sources inside the Governor's office indicate that he will veto these bills. There is also a possibility that the Administration will seek amendments to align these bills with language previously proposed by the Governor to make future Proposition 49 cuts proportional to Proposition 98. LCAP will post new information on these bills as it becomes available.
Yours in Partnership,