ACTION ITEM: - In-State Tuition for Illegal Aliens

ACT NOW !!! Call to Stop SB1400

SB1400 Sponsor Senator Latvala is expected to attempt a Senate floor vote as early as Monday April 28, 2014. Because the bill was blocked by patriot and hero Senator Joe Negron, a supermajority of 27 votes will be needed.

ACTION ITEM #1

You really, really must call the following four Senators who could make the difference whether or not SB1400, AKA College Tuition Subsidy for Illegal Aliens, is revived:
Senator Altman, (850) 487-5016
Senator Dean, (850) 487-5005
Senator Evers, (850) 487-5002
Senator Simpson, (850) 487-5018

ACTION ITEM #2

Thank Senate President Gaetz for his opposition and ask him to block SB1400:Senate President Gaetz, (850) 487-5001

ACTION ITEM #3

Ask the following Republican Senators who have voted against SB1400 in committee or are expected to vote against SB1400 to vote against SB1400 in the full Senate:

Senator Bradley, (850) 487-5007
Senator Bean, (850) 487-5004
Senator Brandes, (850) 487-5022
Senator Hukill, (850) 487-5008
Senator Hays, (850) 487-5011
Senator Stargel, (850) 487-5015
Senator Lee, (850) 487-5024
Senator Galvano, (850) 487-5026
Senator Detert, (850) 487-5028
Senator Benacquisto, (850) 487-5030
Senator Negron, (850) 487-5032

Talking Points:
College-bound Florida families will be hurt because some legal students may be displaced.
Legal students will be hurt because Florida colleges will become more over-crowded, like K-12 public schools.
SB1400 is estimated to cost $22 million.
SB1400 is a vote pandering giveaway without any enforcement component, which is especially revolting considering that President Obama has all but dismantled immigration enforcement and the Florida Legislature has repeatedly refused to enact E-Verify.
Florida colleges are already underfunded; Florida state fiscal support for higher education has decreased by 41.2 percent between FY 2008 and FY 2013, despite increases in enrollment.
Florida tuition is already increasing rapidly; from FY 2008 to FY 2013, Florida's public colleges and universities were forced to increase tuition on average by more than 67.3 percent, eliminate hundreds of staff positions, and freeze hiring and staff salaries.

SHOULD YOU HAVE THE TIME YOU MAY ALSO EMAIL THOSE OFFICIALS NOTED ABOVE:

Senator's email addresses are available at:
http://www.flimen.org/2014FLSenEmail.txt


Additional contact numbers are available at:
http://www.flsenate.gov/Senators


It's up to you!
Call now, , call Monday. Call!
Forward to your friends, neighbors and lists!

Information provided by: Florida Panhandle Patriots

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I added information related to this bill on the Blog site a few days ago, it will provide you with additional information should you wish to read it.

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Comment by Jim Burkiewicz on April 28, 2014 at 10:44pm

Rick Scott and Jeb Bush want in-state tuition bill passed

http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2014/apr/18/scott-and-bush-want-in-s...

One more reason to vote for Adrian Wyllie.  http://wyllieforgovernor.com/     

Comment by Leanne King on April 28, 2014 at 4:29pm

Update 4/28

Tampa Times

TALLAHASSEE — Thousands of undocumented immigrants fighting for in-state college tuition rates may have had their hopes dashed Thursday when a top state lawmaker announced his committee would not hold a vote on the controversial bill.

The surprise move by Senate Budget Chairman Joe Negron — which caught Republicans in the House and governor's office flatfooted — means the proposal (SB 1400) will be a long shot for passage during the final two weeks of the legislative session.

Negron, R-Stuart, gave a list of reasons for rejecting the bill, including the potential cost.

"If state colleges and universities can absorb the tens of millions of dollars in lost tuition, what effect will this policy have on limited financial aid funds for Florida students and parents?" Negron said in a statement. "I believe it is imprudent to commit Florida to a new statewide education law without first ascertaining the present and future fiscal impact."

But Sen. Jack Latvala, the moderate Republican from Clearwater pushing the proposal, called Negron's argument a "red herring."

"Just say it like it is — you don't like it," Latvala said. "They've got money to do whatever they want to do. To say there's not money for this is not true."

Latvala pointed out that 20 senators had cosponsored his bill, meaning there would be enough votes to pass it on the Senate floor. "It's just unfortunate to have one senator stand in the way of a majority of the Senate," he said.

If the bill dies, it would be a significant loss for House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, who has made it among his top priorities this year.

It would also be a setback for Gov. Rick Scott, who supports a provision preventing colleges from hiking tuition above the rate set by the Legislature and needs the support of Hispanic voters in the November election.

Both men said they would continue to fight for the bill.

Still, Latvala, considered one of the Senate's top strategists, said reviving it through a procedural maneuver would be difficult — especially because Senate President Don Gaetz opposes it. Latvala believes Negron was influenced by Gaetz.

Earlier in the day, Gaetz sent an email to his constituents in northwest Florida noting that the proposed measure was "not limited to Hispanics."

"It casts a blanket of approval over noncitizens who are in this country without proper legal status from anywhere in the world, including countries which are caldrons of terrorism and anti-American violence," he said.

Negron pitched a different argument: Colleges and universities already have the option to waive out-of-state tuition for select students.

Both Miami Dade College and Florida International University provide waivers to undocumented students who qualify for deferred action under a federal immigration program. But other universities, including the University of Florida, have said they believe state and federal laws prohibit them from doing so.

"What (the opponents) are saying is not exactly true," said Rep. Jeanette Núñez, the Miami Republican sponsoring the bill in the House. "The other universities don't have the flexibility that FIU does."

Núñez's bill (HB 851) passed out of the House last month by a 81-33 vote.

It is not clear how many undocumented immigrants would qualify for the tuition waivers. To be eligible, students would have to have attended at least three years of high school in Florida. If passed, the bill would save an undocumented immigrant student nearly $15,000 a year in tuition costs.

Nationwide, at least 17 states have provisions allowing for in-state tuition rates for undocumented immigrant students.

Times/Herald staff writers Marc Caputo and Mary Ellen Klas contributed to this report.

Bill granting in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants stalls 04/17/14 [Last modified: Thursday, April 17, 2014 10:32pm]

Comment by Kathleen Perera on April 28, 2014 at 5:49am

Thank you for this alert and I have emailed all of these Senators.

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