State Relations

January 31, 2014

REAL Hope Act introduced in State Senate, floor vote expected today

Sen. Bailey Press Conference

Majority Coalition Caucus Press Conference@MCCWashington

Yesterday (Jan. 30) at an afternoon press conference, Senate Higher Education Chair Barbara Bailey (R-Whidbey Island) announced the introduction of Senate Bill 6523, referred to as the REAL Hope Act.

The proposal, which mirrors the so-called “DREAM Act” would allow students who were illegally brought to the United States as children to be eligible for state financial aid. Notably, the bill appropriates $5 million to the State Need Grant program.

Also sponsoring the bill are Senators Tom, Fain, Litzow, Hill, and Dammeier.

A vote is expected as early as today (Jan. 31) on the REAL Hope Act, along with Senate Bill 5318, which removes the one-year waiting period for veterans or active members of the military for purposes of eligibility for resident tuition.

Read more in the Seattle Times.