Governor signs Houston’s school bill

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed legislation authored by Assemblyman Guy Houston, R-San Ramon, that will make it easier for folks to volunteer at local schools.

Assembly Bill 774 calls for the creation of a local volunteer registry, that will allow people who volunteer for more than one school to obtain one background check rather than pay for multiple, redundant investigations.

“Our state has made it a priority to support before and after school programs in our schools,” Houston said. ” These programs need the help of volunteers in the community. We need to do our best to make the process for volunteering as quick and easy as possible.”

AB 774 earned the support of the Bay Area Partnership for Children and Youth, the California State Alliance of YMCAs, the California Teachers Association and the California State Parent-Teacher Association.

AB 774 will take effect on January 1, 2008.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen