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Apr 25, 2013 6:47 PM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

Bills seek to reopen Calif. 9-11 scholarship fund

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Three California lawmakers are proposing legislation to reopen a memorial scholarship program for the relatives of Californians who were killed in the terrorist attacks but did not know they were eligible for the scholarships.

Sen. Ted Gaines introduced SB384 on Thursday to reinstate the 9-11 Memorial Scholarship Program, after an investigation by The Associated Press and a subsequent review by the state auditor found it was poorly administered.

The state collected more than $15 million from selling specialty memorial license plates, but only a sliver of it went to the $5,000 scholarships. The auditor said the state did not meet its statutory deadline to notify the family members of 9-11 victims before the program ended in 2005.

Gaines, a Rocklin Republican, says the state "should be ashamed."

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