In-state tuition bill moves ahead despite 'no' votes

Bill geared toward students in country illegally

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - State legislators keep advancing a bill that would allow qualified Florida students to pay in-state college tuition rates even if they are in the country illegally.

A House committee voted in favor of the legislation (HB 851), although seven Republicans voted no.

House Speaker Will Weatherford backs the measure. But some Republicans said they could not support it because it would give a benefit to someone whose family broke the law.

The bill heads next to the full House. It would cover all Florida youth who attended at least three years of high school and apply for college within two years of graduation -- regardless of their immigration status.

Gov. Rick Scott backs a Senate version that would place limits on how much universities could raise tuition rates.

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