Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 063381
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File Number: 063381 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-1454-06 Control: County Commission
File Name: UNDOCUMENTED CHILDREN TO PAY INSTATE TUITION FOR FL COLLEGE Introduced: 11/28/2006
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 12/19/2006
Agenda Date: 12/19/2006 Agenda Item Number: 14A14
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO PASS LEGISLATION ALLOWING UNDOCUMENTED CHILDREN WHO HAVE GRADUATED FROM HIGH SCHOOL IN FLORIDA TO PAY IN-STATE TUITION TO ATTEND A FLORIDA COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY
Indexes:
  CHILDREN
  LEGISLATURE
  SCHOOLS
  TUITION
Sponsors: Katy Sorenson, Prime Sponsor
  Audrey M. Edmonson, Co-Sponsor
  Dennis C. Moss, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 12/19/2006 14A14 Adopted P

County Manager 12/18/2006 Additions 12/19/2006

Intergov., Recreation & Cultural Affairs Cmte. 12/13/2006 2EE Forwarded to the BCC by the BCC Chairperson with a favorable recommendation 12/19/2006 P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Maldonado read the foregoing resolution into the record. Commissioner Moss and Edmonson requested to be listed as co-sponsors of the foregoing resolution. There being no further discussion or comments, the Committee proceeded to vote.

County Attorney 11/28/2006 Assigned Intergov., Recreation & Cultural Affairs Cmte. 12/13/2006

County Attorney 11/28/2006 Assigned Jess M. McCarty 12/6/2006

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO PASS LEGISLATION ALLOWING UNDOCUMENTED CHILDREN WHO HAVE GRADUATED FROM HIGH SCHOOL IN FLORIDA TO PAY IN-STATE TUITION TO ATTEND A FLORIDA COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY

BODY
WHEREAS, during the past two decades, the growth of the immigrant worker population has led to an increase in the number of undocumented children brought here by their parents; and
WHEREAS, many undocumented children speak English (as well as Spanish) and consider the United States their home and will remain here even though they do not have legal immigration status; and
WHEREAS, many undocumented children have worked their way through elementary and secondary school, often graduating from high school with honors, some as valedictorians of their senior classes; and
WHEREAS, in Florida, all undocumented students are required to pay outofstate tuition rates which are significantly higher than rates charged to in-state legal residents, imposing substantial obstacles for many of these hard-working students to attend college; and
WHEREAS, nine states now have passed laws permitting high school graduates who attended school in the state to pay resident tuition to attend college; and


WHEREAS, Senator Frederica Wilson and Representative Juan Zapata of the Miami-Dade State Legislative Delegation have both filed bills in recent years to provide in-state tuition to undocumented children who have graduated from high schools in Florida, but these bills have not passed,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board:
Section 1. Urges the Florida Legislature to pass legislation allowing undocumented children who have graduated from high school in Florida to pay in-state tuition to attend a Florida college or university.
Section 2. Directs the Clerk of the Board to transmit copies of this resolution to the Governor, Senate President, House Speaker, and Chair and members of the Miami-Dade State Legislative Delegation.
Section 3. Directs the County's state lobbying team to advocate for the passage of the legislation set forth in Section 1 above; and directed the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs to include this item in the 2007 State Legislative Package.



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