Governor Brown Signs Bill to Protect High School Athletic Programs

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill 1660, authored by Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) will remove the sunset date of the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) authority to administer statewide rules regarding high school athletic programs. The bill was signed today by Governor Brown.

“As a father and a longtime girls’ softball coach, I have been highly involved in high school athletic programs,” said Cooper. “The CIF plays a vital role in governing and creating an environment that promotes sportsmanship, honesty, and quality academics.”

In California, school boards primarily enter into agreements with the CIF for the purpose of governing regional or statewide interscholastic programs.

Since 1981, the Legislature has approved CIF’s sunset extension, including in 2011 which extended the sunset for seven years. AB 1660 will remove the sunset and permanently authorize the CIF to oversee California public and private high school interscholastic athletic programs.

The bill will also require the CIF to hold legislative hearings and report to the Legislature and the Governor on its activities every seven years.

AB 1660 will take effect on January 1, 2017.  

Assemblymember Cooper represents the Cities of Sacramento, Elk Grove, Galt, and Lodi.