Gov. Newsom Extends California Financial Aid Deadline, Signs Other Bills

Tanu Henry and Joe W. Bowers Jr. | California Black Media

On March 25, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that he has signed five bills, including one that extends the state’s financial aid deadline to May 2.

Most of the bills took effect April 1. Assembly Bill (AB) 1887, authored by Assemblymember Sabrina Cervantes, D-Riverside), goes into effect immediately. According to Cervantes, she authored the law to address technical problems families faced with completing the U.S. Department of Education’s FAFSA application this year. 

“Making the path to fulfilling our students’ dreams of achieving higher education more affordable and accessible is among the highest duties of our state government, and Assembly Bill 1887 being signed into law is a way to honor that duty,” Cervantes said. “This new law will give California students more time to complete the FAFSA and gain access to the financial resources they need to begin their college careers in earnest.” 

The governor also signed AB 610, authored by Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena), which exempts some fast-food restaurants – like those inside airports and hotels – from California’s recent minimum wage increase to $20 per hour. 

Other bills Newsom signed are: SB 136 – establishes new taxation structure for Medi-Cal managed care organization providers, SB 477 — adds new requirements on reporting and tracking local housing development as well as streamlines and adds transparency to the building permit and development application processes. SB 479 by Senator María Elena Durazo (D-Los Angeles) makes changes to the Tenants Protection Act, including who has authority to evict a tenant.

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