Sponsor: Senator Norma Torres (D)
Summary: Makes nonsubstantive change to the provisions relating to refunds by institutions not participating in federal student financial aid programs.
Status: Introduced 2/18/2014. Referred to Senate Committee on Rules 2/27/2014.
Outlook: The Senate Committee on Rules is chaired by Senator Darrell Steinberg (D). The sponsor is not a member of the committee of referral. Committees are not required to consider every measure referred to them. Per Joint Rule 61 (b)(6), the committee has by May 9 to act on this measure.
This measure, introduced by Senator Norma Torres (D), is considered a spot bill, which does not contain the full text of the sponsor's proposal. Spot bills are introduced before the Legislature's filing deadline as technical, nonsubstantive bills and are later amended by their authors with new text. As the full text of spot bills are still in the drafting stages, their intent is not released to the public. By rule, this measure cannot be heard in committee until 30 days have passed since its introduction. The sponsor is a member of the majority party and has yet to garner the cosponsorship of any other member of the chamber. The Democratic Party controls both chambers of the Legislature as well as the Office of Governor.
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