Bills to avoid student fee hikes pass committee

  ·  Ross Farrow, Lodi News-Sentinel   ·   Link to Article

Two legislative bills designed to prevent higher cost for California university students were approved by separate committees. Both bills were authored by Assemblyman Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, whose district includes Lodi and Galt.

The Assembly Higher Education Committee passed Assembly Bill 46, and the Assembly Health Committee passed AB 314. Both bills will be considered by the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

State university students joined Pan in testifying on the two bills Tuesday.

AB 46 would strengthen the student voice on the California State University board of trustees by ensuring that student trustees, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, D-Los Angeles, and other members of the board can vote in support of students through a representative if their legislative duties in Sacramento keep them from traveling to board meetings in Long Beach.

AB 314 would prevent University of California officials from imposing limits on hospital bills when their students become sick or injured.