Bill aims to increase transparency at UC, CSU

SACRAMENTO — Foundations and auxiliary organizations linked to California's public colleges and universities might soon be subject to increased public scrutiny.

The Assembly voted unanimously Monday to require those organizations to comply with the California Public Records Act. The legislation would exempt most volunteers and donors who wish to remain anonymous.

Supporters say the bill will increase transparency and accountability within the University of California, California State University and community college systems.

Earlier this year, the CSU Stanislaus Foundation came under fire for refusing to disclose the speaking fee paid to Sarah Palin for a June fundraising appearance.

SB330 now returns to the Senate for a final floor vote.

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