CSSA sponsors and advocates for and against bills in the legislature on behalf of CSU students. The organization’s legislative affairs committee reviews, researches and makes recommendations to the CSSA Board of Directors on pertinent higher education legislation from the state and federal governments.
Bill positions are approved by the CSSA Board of Directors
1972: Student Presidents Association sponsors successful legislation authorizing the expenditure of student body fees to fund a lobbyist for CSU students (Ed Code § 89300). This is why CSSA is able to employ a director of government relations.
1974: Student leaders successfully advocate students’ interests to the legislature and university administration, setting the foundation of student leadership that exists today.
1975: Student Presidents Association successfully passes legislation to place the first student trustee on the CSU Board of Trustees. The legislation also recognized the student association’s role in nominating the student trustee to the Governor.
1987: Sponsored bill to repeal state law penalizing student financial aid in response to protests
1975-1979: Repeatedly killed an annual tuition bill intended for CSU students
1989-1990: Effectively lobbied the governor to change student fee increase from 10% to 3.6%
1992: Sponsored AB 3294, allowing fee installment plans for public university students
2000-2006: Participated in national student effort to change credit-card marketing practices on public college campuses
2007: Sponsored AB 2813, raising the Cal Grant age eligibility from 24 to 27 years of age.
2012: CSSA joins efforts with UCSA to successfully pass AB 970, The Working Families Student Fee Transparency and Accountability Act.