FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 17, 2011
Francisco Lopez, Executive Director: (503) 269-5694
Erik Sorensen, Communications Director: (503) 488-0263
Oregon Tuition Equity Bill Clears Senate Education Committee
Oregon’s Statewide Immigrant Rights Coalition applauds Senate Committee on their action
Salem, Ore.-- Today, the Oregon State Senate Education Committee voted 4 to 1 to move Senate Bill 742, bipartisan legislation that will ensure that every Oregon student has fair access to quality and affordable higher education, on to the full Senate. The Oregon Tuition Equity Bill will make it possible for every Oregon student, regardless of their status, to be able to pay in-state tuition.
CAUSA applauds the Oregon State Senate Education Committee on their vote to move Senate Bill 742 on to the next step in the process to making this bill law.
“The vote that the Senate Education Committee took today to move this bill forward was the right thing to do”, said Francisco Lopez, Executive Director of CAUSA Oregon. "The fact that SB742 has broad bi-partisan support in the Oregon State Legislature, and is supported by the Business Community, the Oregon University System and Oregon's Public Education System shows the importance that affordable higher education has for the future of all Oregon students and for Oregon’s economy.”
Senate Bill 742 capitalizes on Oregon’s investment in all K-12 students and will boost the education level of Oregon's Workforce, thereby attracting new businesses and jobs for the state.
Cosponsors of Oregon’s bi-partisan Tuition Equity Bill includes Oregon State Senators David Nelson (R-Pendleton), Frank Morse (R-Albany), Suzanne Bonamici (D-Portland/Beaverton), Jackie Dingfelder (D-Portland), Rod Monroe (D-Portland), Chris Edwards (D- Eugene, Santa Clara, and Junction City), Chuck Thomsen (R-Hood River) and Chip Shields (D-Portland), and Oregon State Representatives Michael Dembrow (D-Portland), Mark Johnson (R-Hood River), Bob Jenson (R-Pendleton), Peter Buckley (D-Ashland), Sara Gelser (D-Corvallis), Betty Komp (D-Woodburn) and Chris Harker (D-Beaverton).
The next step for the bill is to move to the full Senate for debate and a vote. That process is expected to begin next week.
CAUSA, Oregon's Immigrant Rights Coalition, is the largest Latino and Latina civil and human rights and advocacy organization in the Pacific Northwest. We work to defend and advance immigrant rights through coordination with local, state, and national coalitions and allies. For more information, visit http://www.causaoregon.org/