Monday, March 22, 2004

Five supervisors have signed onto a Youth Commission-backed effort to repeal Section 484(r) of the Higher Education Act. That 1998 addition to the law restricts federal financial aid to students with drug convictions. Senator Dianne Feinstein’s Senate Judiciary Committee is taking up a reauthorization bill for the Office of National Drug Control Policy that includes a rewrite of the financial aid ban, limiting it to students with convictions while enrolled in school. The supes vote on Tuesday whether to ask Feinstein for a full repeal of the law and its punitive approach to “youthful indiscretions.” …

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