GOVERNOR SIGNS AB 334 REGARDING SCHOOL DISTRICT AND COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER ABSENCES FROM STATE
September 6, 2011
Recently Governor Brown signed into law Assembly Bill (AB) 334, which gives school district and community college governing boards greater flexibility in approving absences for their members. AB 334 permits school district and community college governing boards to authorize an extended absence for a board member in the case of illness or urgent necessity.
Prior to the bill’s passage and approval by the governor, the law limited the amount of time a school district board could approve such absences to 120 days (60 days plus an extension). If a board member was absent for longer than 120 days, even in cases of medical necessity, the member risked losing his or her seat. Such time limitations for absences do not exist for members of state and municipal boards.
This bill, which amends Government Code section 1064, gives to both school district and community college governing boards the same options and authority state and municipal boards have to meet the health and welfare needs of their elected board members. A Senate committee analysis of the bill noted that advances in medical care and telecommunication technology allow for reasonable out-of-state absences at the discretion of the local governing body.
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