Senator Janet Nguyen introduces legislation to provide undergraduate education to the spouses and children of the San Bernardino Terror Attack Victims

Thursday, January 21, 2016

In an effort to assist the families affected by the December 2, 2015, terrorist attack at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino County, Senator Janet Nguyen, representative of California’s Thirty-Fourth District, has introduced Senate Bill 893. SB 893 would ensure that surviving dependents and spouses of the victims of the terror attack have the financial support to obtain an education through California’s higher education system (UC, CSU, and California Community Colleges). Specifically, Senate Bill 893 would assign the California Victim Compensation Board to identify and notify eligible participants and establish tuition fee waivers for victims of this terror attack as they pursue undergraduate degrees.

“The San Bernardino Terror Attack was a heartbreaking tragedy that struck too close to home. As a mother of two young children, I can only imagine the hurt and devastation that these families are experiencing,” said Senator Janet Nguyen. “This bill is only a small token of remembrance in honor of those who died and lends a helping hand to their survivors.”

Senate Bill 893 is modeled after a similar proposal that provided benefits to the families of victims of the September 11th attacks and is expected to be heard by the Education and Appropriations committees this Spring. SB 893 is principally co-authored by Senator Leyva and Assembly Members Steinorth, Brown and Obernolte. It is also a co-authored by Senators Bates, Fuller, Huff, and Runner and supported by Assembly Members Mayes and Lackey.

“We have an opportunity to stand against these acts of terrorism by showing the world how Californians are united. By providing support for these families, California is easing the financial burden imposed by the loss of a loved one and is a testament to the resilience and compassion of this great nation.”