Committee OKs plan to reopen 9/11 scholarships

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -  

A bill that would reopen a scholarship program for the relatives of Californians who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks has easily passed a Senate committee.
 
SB384 by Sen. Ted Gaines of Rocklin passed the Senate Public Safety Committee on a 4-0 consent vote Tuesday.
 
The legislation comes after an investigation by The Associated Press and a subsequent state audit found that the 9/11 Memorial Scholarship Program was poorly administered and that state officials failed to notify many of those who were eligible before the application deadline.
 
The state has collected about $16.2 million from selling specialty memorial license plates, but only a sliver of it went to the scholarships.
 
The bill by Gaines and two other lawmakers would give eligible relatives until July 2015 to apply.
 
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