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A 2597A - Establishes the New York DREAM Fund Commission - Key Vote

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Legislation - Bill Failed (Senate) (30-29) - (Key vote)

Title: Establishes the New York DREAM Fund Commission

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that establishes the New York DREAM Fund Commission and authorizes certain undocumented immigrants to apply for tuition assistance.

Highlights:
  • Establishes the New York DREAM Fund Commission and authorizes it to perform certain duties, including, but not limited to, the following (Secs. 1 & 2):
    • To “advance” the educational opportunities of children of immigrants;
    • To create and raise funds for the New York DREAM Fund;
    • To establish procedures for accepting and evaluating applications for scholarships from the New York DREAM Fund.
  • Specifies that for an individual to be eligible to receive a scholarship from the DREAM fund, they must meet the following qualifications (Sec. 2):
    • The individual has at least 1 parent or guardian who immigrated to the United States;
    • The individual resided with his or her parents or guardians while attending an in-state  high school; and
    • The individual attended an in-state high school for at least 2 years before graduating or receiving the equivalent of a high school diploma.
  • Prohibits state funds from being used for the commission and the DREAM fund (Sec. 2).
  • Specifies that certain individuals are eligible for a general higher education award, including, but not limited to, undocumented immigrants, if the individual meets certain criteria, including, but not limited to, the following (Secs. 4 & 5):
    • The individual attended an in-state high school or program for at least 2 years before graduating or receiving the equivalent of a high school diploma;
    • The individual applies for attendance at an institution of higher education for undergraduate studies within 5 years of receiving a high school diploma or equivalency, or for graduate studies within 10 years of receiving a high school diploma or equivalency; and
    • The individual files an affidavit stating that the individual has or will file an application to legalize their immigration status as soon as they are eligible to do so.
  • Authorizes an applicant for a family tuition account to list the applicant’s and beneficiary’s individual taxpayer identification numbers in lieu of a social security number or employer tax identification number (Secs. 15 & 16).
Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (83-47) -

Title: Establishes the New York DREAM Fund Commission

Legislation - Reintroduced (House) -

Title: Establishes the New York DREAM Fund Commission

Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (90-48) -

Title: Establishes the New York DREAM Fund Commission

Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Establishes the New York DREAM Fund Commission

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