(Garden Grove, CA) On Wednesday afternoon, Senator Janet Nguyen’s Senate Bill 895 (SB 895) cleared yet another hurdle on its historic path to become law when it was unanimously approved by the members of the Assembly Education Committee. Following this approval, SB 895 will move on to the next stage of the legislative approval process and will be considered by the members of the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
Before casting their vote, the seven members of the Assembly Education Committee heard directly from Senator Nguyen, who presented compelling testimony outlining the educational merits of the bill and the historical importance of including the first-person accounts of refugees. To demonstrate the interest of the community for this bill, Senator Nguyen also presented more than 14,500 signatures of support that were gathered via an online and in person petition.
Joining Senator Nguyen were Assemblymembers Sharon Quirk-Silva and Ash Kalra who provided testimony in support of SB 895. Moved by the testimony presented, the Chair of the Assembly Committee Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell asked on the dias to be a co-author.
As SB 895 heads to the Assembly Appropriations Committee, Senator Nguyen will reach out to her colleagues in the Assembly to strengthen support for this bill. With this goal in mind, she will also continue to meet with community leaders and education advocates who can join her in relaying the importance of SB 895.
“While we are one step closer to SB 895 becoming law, the battle is not over,” said Senator Janet Nguyen. “The community deserves to be recognized in our history books and we will show Sacramento that we will fight for it.”
Since its introduction, SB 895 has garnered support from residents throughout the State of California and has received the endorsement of the American G.I. Forum of California; American Legion-Department of California, AMVETS-Department of California, Cal Asian Chamber of Commerce, California Association of County Veterans Service Officers, California School Boards Association, California State Commanders Veterans Council, California Teachers Association, City of Garden Grove, City of Santa Ana, Fountain Valley School District, Military Officers Association of America-California Council of Chapters, Orange County District Attorney, Southeast Asia Resource Action Center, The Honorable Ro Khanna, Member of Congress, The Honorable Tam Nguyen, Mayor, City of San Jose, Vietnam Veterans of America-California State Council and the Westminster School District.