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Sen. Ed Hernandez, D-Covina. right, talks with Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, April 21, 2014. Hernandez proposed a constitutional amendment that would ask voters to again allow public colleges to use race and ethnicity when considering college applicants.  The proposal stalled this year after backlash from Asian Americans.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli

Sen. Ed Hernandez, D-Covina. right, talks with Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, April 21, 2014. Hernandez proposed a constitutional amendment that would ask voters to again allow public colleges to use race and ethnicity when considering college applicants. The proposal stalled this year after backlash from Asian Americans.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli

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