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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Tuition Equity Gets Historic Vote on Friday in OR State House

Tuition Equity Gets Historic Vote on Friday in OR State House

Causa applauds bipartisan leadership of Higher Ed. Committee to move bill to full House

Salem, Ore.—On Friday, an historic vote is expected in the Oregon State House on HB2787, Oregon's Tuition Equity Bill. This is an important milestone for Causa, our allies, our movement and students around Oregon because this is the 1st time in history that a tuition equity bill has been moved to the full house for a vote with broad bipartisan support.

Historic Vote on HB2787 Tuition Equity
Friday, February 22, 2013 at 11:00am
Oregon State House of Representatives
Oregon State Capitol
900 Court St. NE,
Salem, OR 97301

House Bill 2787, Oregon’s Tuition Equity Bill, is bi-partisan legislation that allows long-time, high-achieving Oregon high school graduates who have been accepted to an Oregon university to pay in-state tuition, regardless of their documentation status.

On Monday, HB2787 was passed by a 7-2 margin by the Committee on Higher Education with bipartisan support. Those voting “Yes” included Representatives Michael Dembrow, Chair, Chris Harker, Vice-Chair, John Huffman, Vice-Chair, Joe Gallegos, Chris Gorsek, Mitch Greenlick, Mark Johnson. Those voting “Nay” included Representatives Vic Gilliam and Gene Whisnant.

“We applaud the committee members for their leadership and bipartisan cooperation to move this important bill forward”, said Francisco Lopez, Executive Director. “The vote on Friday is one more step towards ensuring there is equal treatment for all Oregon students.”

After the vote in the Oregon House on Friday, the bill will then go to the State Senate for vote. Causa urges State Senators to take up passage of Oregon’s Tuition Equity bill by no later than the first week of March.

A copy of HB2787 can be found here:

About Causa Oregon
Causa, Oregon's Statewide Immigrant Rights Organization is the largest Latinaand Latino 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


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