House Bill 4116 is designed to increase college enrollment among low income and first generation college students. If signed to law, the Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development and Higher Education Coordinating Commission must create a joint grant program providing $750,000 in aid. This aid will go to scholarship programs among Oregon community colleges, the bill also sets up support services aimed at helping people through the process and upping the enrollment at community colleges to get more students on a path towards a degree.
The bill was first read on on Feb. 3rd, 2014 and went over minor revisions and rereading for the next month. On March 4th, the house passed the bill with a vote of 58-0. Two days later the the senate also passed it unanimously 30-0. On March 11th, Governor Kitzhaber signed the bill into law at Portland Community College.
The passing of the bill with unanimous bipartisan support in the state government was great to see. It’s a great example of government focusing on issues that matter without letting personal beliefs slow down the forward progression of society as we are seeing across the country with our government. Hopefully this bill can be an example for future bills and government officials to show the effectiveness of focusing on the greater good of society rather than personal political interests.
Read the bill here, and learn more about how it got passed here.