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.
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