(a) There is in the State Treasury the Teacher Credentials Fund. All fees levied and collected by the commission shall be deposited in the Teacher Credentials Fund and shall not be transferred to any other fund.
(b) Notwithstanding any other law, if at the beginning of any fiscal year the commission has unencumbered funds in an amount which is in excess of its operating budget, plus funds required to implement statutory mandates and other changes to teacher credentials, plus a prudent reserve, which reserve shall not exceed 10 percent of the total amount that the commission is authorized to spend in that fiscal year, as determined by the Department of Finance, the department shall recommend a reduction in credential or other fees, whether fixed by statute or determined by this commission within limits fixed by statute, in an amount which will reduce any surplus funds of the commission.
(c) Nothing in this section shall preclude the implementation of multiyear mandates that require a reserve amount that is greater than 10 percent in one fiscal year.
(Amended by Stats. 1994, Ch. 816, Sec. 1.)