Bill Text: CA AB2990 | 2017-2018 | Regular Session | Introduced

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Bill Title: Public postsecondary education: exemption from tuition and fees for qualifying survivors of deceased public safety and fire suppression personnel: notice.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Passed) 2018-09-21 - Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 642, Statutes of 2018. [AB2990 Detail]

Download: California-2017-AB2990-Introduced.html


CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 2990


Introduced by Assembly Member Low

February 16, 2018


An act relating to public postsecondary education.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2990, as introduced, Low. Public postsecondary education: exemption from tuition and fees for qualifying survivors of deceased public safety and fire suppression personnel.
Existing law prohibits the Board of Directors of the Hastings College of the Law, the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, the Trustees of the California State University, and, if they adopt an appropriate resolution, the Regents of the University of California, from collecting mandatory systemwide tuition and fees from any surviving spouse or surviving child of a deceased person who was a resident of the state and employed by or contracting with a public agency, whose principal duties consisted of active law enforcement service or active fire suppression and prevention, and who died as a result of his or her duties, as specified.
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to ensure that there is proper notice given to qualifying individuals of the exemption from mandatory systemwide tuition and fees described above.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) For California’s public safety personnel, cataclysmic events are now becoming the norm.
(b) The public safety profession is entering into a new era with new duties, new threats, and a greater responsibility to those they serve.
(c) In just the second half of 2017 alone, a string of deadly, devastating incidents, both far-flung and at home, tested the resources, capabilities, training, stamina, and courage of our state’s public safety personnel.
(d) These incidents are poignant reminders that, when a public safety officer heads out to a call, there is always the chance that he or she will not return home.
(e) Each year, California mourns the loss of men and women who put their lives on the line every day protecting the public’s safety.
(f) When a public safety officer falls in the line of duty and makes the ultimate sacrifice in service to this state, his or her surviving family also makes an immeasurable sacrifice of lost years of love and support.
(g) Recognizing the danger that these professionals face and the significant sacrifices made by families who are left behind, existing law grants a public higher education tuition exemption and a related fee waiver to a qualified survivor of a fallen public safety officer.
(h) Access to public higher education can be instrumental in a surviving spouse’s ability to achieve future economic stability or for a surviving child to realize his or her full potential in the aftermath of a loved one’s job-caused tragedy.

SEC. 2.

 It is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to ensure that there is proper notice given to qualifying individuals of the state-conferred exemptions from mandatory systemwide fees and tuition at the University of California, the Hastings College of the Law, the California State University, and the California Community Colleges for survivors of fallen firefighters and peace officers whose family member has made the ultimate sacrifice in service to this state.
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