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.