Florida Gov. Rick Scott signs in-state tuition bill for illegals

Governor plans to tout signing at campaign event

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott met with protesters on the night of July 18 and defended his position to not amend his state's law.

ORLANDO, Fla. - Florida students living in the country illegally will be allowed to qualify for in-state college tuition rates under a bill signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott.

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Scott signed the bill privately on Monday. But he plans to tout the signing at a campaign event scheduled later today in Fort Myers.

The new law offers in-state college tuition rates to undocumented students who had attended a Florida school for at least three years before graduation.

The current in-state rate is one-quarter of what out-of-state students and those in the country illegally pay.

The in-state college tuition bill had been considered several times before, when it drew strong opposition from many Republicans.

But this year, Scott and other GOP leaders such as House Speaker Will Weatherford backed the bill.

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