Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
October 8, 2011

Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed legislation today that would have allowed the University of California and California State University systems to consider race, ethnicity and gender in student admissions.

The interpretation of Proposition 209, which prohibits the use of race- or gender-based preferences in hiring, contracting and admissions, is a matter for the courts – not the Legislature – to decide, he said. The matter is the subject of pending litigation.

“I wholeheartedly agree with the goal of this legislation,” the Democratic governor said in a veto message. “Proposition 209 should be interpreted to allow UC and CSU to consider race and other relevant factors in their admissions policies to the extent permitted under the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution. In fact, I have submitted briefs in my capacities as both governor and attorney general strongly urging the courts to adopt such an interpretation.”

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