Immigrant tuition bill heads to House floor

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A measure allowing some children of undocumented immigrants to get in-state tuition is headed to the House floor after passing its last committee stop Friday.

The measure (HB 7051), sponsored by Rep. Jeanette Nunez was unanimously approved by the House Education Committee. The bill allows students who are citizens and attended high school in Florida for three years to be eligible for in-state tuition, regardless of their parents’ immigration status. The measure largely follows the outline of a federal court decision last year striking down a state law requiring those students to pay the higher, out-of-state tuition rates. Supporters say the bill is still significant, in part because it covers groups beyond immigrants, including veterans.

Via The News Service of Florida.

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