UC Transparency Act of 2017 Signed Into Law by Governor Brown

For immediate release:

(SACRAMENTO) This afternoon, AB 1655, The UC Transparency Act of 2017 authored by Assemblymember Timothy S. Grayson (D-Concord), was signed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. AB 1655 prohibits the University of California Office of the President (UCOP) from intentionally misleading the State Auditor and requires greater transparency in UC cost reporting.

Upon passage Assemblymember Grayson said the following: “I want to thank Governor Brown for signing AB 1655 into law. This bill is critical to restoring the public trust that was eroded by recent findings about the actions of the UC Office of the President and their intentional interference with a State Auditor’s investigation. Students and taxpayers need to know that UC leadership will be good stewards of the institution, and this bill provides much needed accountability.”

AB 1655 also ensures that the Legislature has accurate information in order to make funding decisions for students by requiring the UC to utilize publicly available financial data when reporting its annual student costs.

AB 1655 will take effect January 1st, 2018.

Tim Grayson represents the 14th Assembly District that includes the communities of Benicia, Concord, Clayton, Martinez, Pleasant Hill, Vallejo, Pittsburg and Walnut Creek. For more information please visit the Assemblymember’s website, www.assembly.ca.gov/a14.