HOPE / Immigration
Key bills passed last year still garner attention
I voted in support of both of these bills that passed and were signed into law by our Governor.
HB 326, HOPE Scholarship preserves the tuition program for students maintaining a 3.0 GPA and establishes the new Zell Miller Scholarship at 100% tuition for exceptional students earning a 3.7 GPA.
HB 87, Illegal Immigration Reform requires employers to use the E-Verify system for new hires, provides law enforcement tools and assurances needed to combat illegal immigration, and preserves human dignity.
This year both measures continue to receive attention.
HB 159, Income Limits on Eligibility introduced last session did not succeed; yet, the idea of establishing an income cap for qualifying for the merit based scholarship continues to receive attention by some.
I oppose any means testing of HOPE – it should remain a merit based program.
HB 796, Repeal Provisions of HB 87 Illegal Immigration Reform seeks to repeal the crime of “aggravated identity fraud,” removes language encouraging local law enforcement to cooperate with federal authorities, and strikes out E-Verify requirements for employers and local governments.
I oppose efforts to weaken HB 87 as passed.