January 31, 2014

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

By Patrick Bell

Sen. Bailey Press Conference


Majority Coalition Caucus Press Conference

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.

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