Calif. Dream Act Takes Another Step
College aid for illegals passes panel, heads to legislature
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Aug 26, 2011 8:54 AM CDT
California Gov. Jerry Brown, right, signs an earlier portion of the Dream Act bill on the back of Assemblyman Gil Cedillo, left, Monday, July 25, 2011, in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

(Newser) – A California state Senate panel has approved a measure that would allow illegal immigrant college students to receive public aid. The panel’s approval of the bill, the second part of a pair of bills known as the California Dream Act, means the measure will head to the full Senate and Assembly, where its author expects it to pass. Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed versions of the bill, but Gov. Jerry Brown has backed the idea and signed the first part of the Act, the Los Angeles Times reports.