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Assembly Bill 1151 – Authorizes The Governing Board Of A Community College To Use Facilities By The Community And Other Organizations Based On Certain Terms
Existing law provides that there is a civic center at each and every Community College within the state and that such civic centers may be used by the citizens, Camp Fire Girls, Boy Scout troops, farmers’ organizations, school-community advisory councils, senior citizens’ organizations, clubs, and associations formed for recreational, educational, political, economic, artistic, or moral activities of the public school districts to engage in supervised recreational activities, to meet and discuss any subjects and questions that in their judgment pertain to the educational, political, economic, artistic, and moral interests of the citizens of the communities in which they reside. Existing law authorizes the governing boards of the community college districts to authorize the use, by citizens and organizations, of any other properties under their control, for supervised recreational activities.
AB 1151 amends Section 82537 of the Education Code to allow the governing board of a Community College District to authorize the community and organizations to use any civic center or other properties under the control of the governing board of the community college district, as provided.
Existing law requires the governing board of a Community College District to grant without charge, except as otherwise provided, the use of any college facilities or grounds under its control, when an alternative location is not available, to certain organizations. The existing law specified the following organizations: nonprofit organizations and clubs and associations organized for general character building or welfare purposes, as specified.
AB 1151 amends Section 82542 of the Education Code to provide the governing board of a community college district the discretion to grant without charge, except as otherwise provided, the use of those facilities, when an alternative location is not available, to certain organizations. The law is amended to include the following organizations: nonprofit organizations and clubs and associations organized for athletic activities for youth, charitable purposes, educational purposes, or the civic well-being of the community.
Existing law also authorizes the governing board of a Community College District to permit the use, without charge, by organizations, clubs, or associations organized for senior citizens and for cultural activities and general character building or welfare purposes, when membership dues or contributions solely for the support of the organization, club, or association, or the advancement of its cultural, character building, or welfare work, are accepted.
AB 1151 amends Section 82542(j) of the Education Code by expanding the types of organizations that the governing board of a Community College District permits use, without charge, to also include organizations, clubs, or associations organized for youth, in addition to senior citizens and for cultural activities. AB1511 eliminated the requirement that these organizations must have membership dues to be eligible to use the facilities without charge.
AB 1151 adds Section 82543 to the Education Code, which, notwithstanding any other law, requires the Community College District to give priority access to the use of those facilities or grounds to organizations, clubs, and associations, including athletic associations for youth, that serve people from socioeconomically disadvantaged communities if it authorizes the use of its facilities or grounds pursuant to the above-described provisions.
Existing law permitted the governing board of a Community College district to require the user of a community college district facility or property to obtain a certificate of insurance from a liability insurance carrier and to submit that certificate to the Community College District for approval when the purpose of the use was athletic activities and only required a minimum coverage of $300,000 for liability for injury or damage to property which may arise out of that use. Existing law also authorizes the governing board to require more than that minimum coverage, as specified.
AB 1151 amends Section 82548 of the Education Code to authorize the governing board of a Community College District to require a certificate of insurance for the grant of use for any purpose, and raises the minimum coverage amount to $1,000,000.
(AB 1151 amends Sections 82537, 82542, and 82548 of, and adds Section 82543 to, the Education Code.)