Students, parents and community leaders witness history as an Assembly Floor vote is taken on a portion of the “California Dream Act”, AB 130.
SACRAMENTO, CA – On, Thursday, May 5, Assemblymember Gilbert Cedillo (D-Los Angeles), along with students, parents and community leaders will participate and witness a historic vote on a portion of the “California Dream Act”, AB 130 on the Assembly floor 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. followed by a press conference upon adjournment in the Governor’s Press Room, State Capitol, Room 1190. Participants will also advocate that AB 131, a second key element of the “California Dream Act”, be pulled from suspense and brought to a vote in the Assembly Committee on Appropriations before the deadline the end of May.
The California DREAM Act, first introduced by Cedillo in 2006, was introduced in two bills in January of this year. The first bill AB 130 would allow students that meet the in-state tuition requirements to apply for and receive scholarships derived from non-state funds. AB 131 would allow students that meet the in-state tuition requirements to apply and receive financial aid at California public colleges and universities. The types of financial aid these students would be eligible for include: 1.) Board of Governors (BOG) Fee Waiver 2.) Institutional Student Aid: Student aid program administered by the attending college or university (i.e. State University Grant, UC Grant) and 3.) Cal Grants.
Supporters of AB 130 include: Assemblymember Gilbert Cedillo, students, parents and community leaders. Supporters include: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), California Catholic Conference, Community College League of California, California Communities United Institute, California Federation of Teachers, California Immigrant Policy Center, California State University (CSU), California Teachers Association (CTA), Central American Resource Center (CARECEN), Coalition of Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), Equality California, Faculty Association of California Community Colleges (FACCC), Friends Committee on Legislation of California, Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities (HACU), Korean Resource Center, Laborers International Union, Local 300, LA Dream Team, La Raza Law Students Association, UC Davis, Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO), National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC), National Council of La Raza (NCLR), Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, Peralta Community College District, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), UCLA Labor Center, University of California (UC) and University of California Student Association (UCSA).