Husband of Sen. Dianne Feinstein was a major donor to the University of California and a longtime UC regent.
After shelving a similar proposal last year, UC is considering increasing tuition for each class of freshmen beginning in fall 2022.
UC is being asked not to create its own test to replace the SAT. Students may instead be able to submit scores from 11th grade state exams.
Assembly Constitutional Amendment 5 would repeal Proposition 209 and restore race and gender as considerations for admissions.
UC leaders said it would have been unseemly to approve a tuition hike during the coronavirus emergency. The proposal would have hiked tuition by $606, or 4.8 percent, for next fall's freshmen.
A UC faculty group is studying whether to drop SAT and ACT, overhaul them or substitute other tests as application requirements.
The voting student representatives on governing boards of UC, CSU and community colleges advocate for more housing and textbook aid.