TALLAHASSE, Fla. - Qualified Florida students would pay in-state college tuition rates even if they are in the country illegally under a bill passed by the Florida House.
The bill was passed by an 81-33 margin.
Some Republicans voted no on the bill even though it was supported by House Speaker Will Weatherford. They have argued previously it was wrong to give a benefit to someone whose family broke the law.
The measure (HB 851) would offer a tuition waiver to high school graduates who attended a Florida school for four consecutive years.
But it's unclear if the legislation will pass the Florida Senate.
Gov. Rick Scott backs a Senate bill that includes the tuition break because it would place limits on how much universities could raise tuition rates.
Fla. House passes in-state tuition bill
Naked rape suspect taken into custody in Melbourne after hourslong standoff
Convicted sexual predator allowed to stay in hotel during cancer treatments
Man accused of shooting, killing ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend in…
Florida man admits threatening to dismember kidnapping victim while…