Newsbrief: "Smoke a Joint, Lose Your Student Loan" Bill Introduced in Wisconsin 5/23/03

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A Wisconsin legislator is seeking to emulate the federal Higher Education Act (HEA) anti-drug provision at the state level. Rep. Robin Kreibich (R-Eau Claire) has introduced a bill that would bar college students with drug convictions from receiving state financial aid. Assembly Bill 342, which is modeled on the HEA anti-drug provision, makes college students convicted of a state or federal drug offense "ineligible for a state grant, loan, or work assistance for a period of two years following a conviction" and ineligible for an "indefinite period" following a second offense—unless he or she submits to drug treatment.

Robin Kreibich

 
The Wisconsin bill marks the first time such legislation has been introduced in any state. Under the anti-drug provisions of the federal HEA, nearly 100,000 college students have been denied federal financial aid because of drug convictions, including some 29,000 this academic year. The HEA anti-drug provision has already sparked a national coalition, including educators, universities, civil rights and civil liberties organizations, and the rapidly-growing Students for Sensible Drug Policy (http://www.ssdp.org), which grew to national prominence in that campaign.

The bill was referred to the Committee on Colleges and Universities, where a public hearing was set for Wednesday. No reports on the hearing were available at press time.

Visit http://www.legis.state.wi.us/2003/data/AB-342.pdf to read the bill online.

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