Senate Bill 64
Read second time 1/10/19
INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVE BRANDON ELLINGTON (D): HB147 Repeals provisions that prohibit students who are undocumented in the U.S. from receiving postsecondary education public benefits
This is a similar bill to HB46 and HB557 in that they both address access to higher education, changing the grounds in which someone is considered a resident in the state of Missouri. This bill repeals Section 173.1110, RSMo, which prohibits students unlawfully present in the United States from receiving any postsecondary education public benefits. The bill also removes postsecondary education public benefits from the exceptions to public benefits that unlawfully present aliens are prohibited from receiving. This bill is the same as HB 1792 (2018).
Any of HB557, HB46 and HB147 passing will help to give students access to more affordable higher education. Currently DACA recipients are paying international rates to attend Missouri colleges. All of these bills address this issue. Furthermore, we seek to have the language in the budget bill HB2003 which states that undocumented students cannot access postsecondary education benefits be stripped. Please see talking points below.