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AB-2210 Public postsecondary education: community colleges: refugees and holders of certain special immigrant visas: exemption from paying nonresident tuition.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 07/05/2018 11:45 AM
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Amended  IN  Senate  July 05, 2018
Amended  IN  Senate  June 13, 2018
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 15, 2018

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 2210


Introduced by Assembly Member McCarty

February 12, 2018


An act to add Section 68075.65 to the Education Code, relating to public postsecondary education.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2210, as amended, McCarty. Public postsecondary education: community colleges: refugees and holders of certain special immigrant visas: exemption from paying nonresident tuition.
Existing law establishes the California Community Colleges, under the administration of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, as one of the 3 segments of public postsecondary education in this state. Existing law provides for the appointment, by the board of governors, of the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges to serve as the chief executive officer of the segment. Existing law exempts students who have been granted special immigrant visas pursuant to specified federal statutes, or are refugees admitted to the United States under a specified federal statute, and who, upon entering the United States, settled in California, from paying nonresident tuition at the California Community Colleges, as specified.
This bill would require the Chancellor’s Office of the California Community Colleges to notify qualifying individuals that they are exempt from paying nonresident tuition under the statute described above if they enroll at a campus of the California Community Colleges. The bill would authorize the chancellor’s office, in implementing the bill, to consult with the Refugee Programs Bureau of the State Department of Social Services and with private sector resettlement agencies, and, where appropriate, to utilize mass media and electronic modes of communication to reach as many qualified individuals as is feasible. each community college to post a notice on its Internet Web site that sets forth which persons are exempt from paying nonresident tuition pursuant to the provision described above. Because the bill would create new duties for community colleges, it would constitute a state-mandated local program.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NOYES  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 68075.65 is added to the Education Code, immediately following Section 68075.6, to read:

68075.65.
 Each community college shall post on its Internet Web site a notice that sets forth which persons are exempt from paying nonresident tuition pursuant to Section 68075.6.

SEC. 2.

 If the Commission on State Mandates determines that this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.
SECTION 1.Section 68075.65 is added to the Education Code, immediately following Section 68075.6, to read:
68075.65.

(a)The Chancellor’s Office of the California Community Colleges shall notify individuals with special immigrant visas who have been granted a status under Section 1244 of Public Law 110-181, under Public Law 109-163, or under Section 602(b) of Title VI of Division F of Public Law 111-8, or is a refugee admitted to the United States under Section 1157 of Title 8 of the United States Code, and who, upon entering the United States, have settled in California, that, pursuant to Section 68075.6, they are exempt from paying nonresident tuition if they enroll at a campus of the California Community Colleges.

(b)In implementing this section, the Chancellor’s Office of the California Community Colleges is authorized to consult with the Refugee Programs Bureau of the State Department of Social Services and with private sector resettlement agencies and, where appropriate, to utilize mass media and electronic modes of communication to reach as many qualified individuals as is feasible.