Whereas, The paper Empowering Local Senates: Roles and Responsibilities of and Strategies for an Effective Senate was last updated in 2007;
Whereas, The Relations with Local Senates Committee was directed by the Executive Committee to review, revise, and update the paper to enable it to be used as a text for the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges Leadership Institute and to provide a resource for local senates to assist them with effective practices to empower faculty and encourage meaningful participatory governance; and
Whereas, The document is generally referred to by the colloquial title The Local Senates Handbook and, due to the shifting nature of the California Community College System, should be a “living document” that is regularly updated;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges adopt the paper The Local Senates Handbook, which replaces the 2007 paper Empowering Local Senates: Roles and Responsibilities of and Strategies for an Effective Senate; and
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges annually update The Local Senates Handbook to ensure that the document remains accurate and up-to-date and contains the information that local senates require.
 This paper is found at http://www.asccc.org/communities/local-senates/handbook