Rick Scott and Jeb Bush want in-state tuition bill passed

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott along with former governors Jeb Bush and Bob Martinez are calling on legislators to pass a tuition break to students who entered the country illegally.

The three Republicans put out a joint statement Friday.

The push from Scott comes a day after a key Republican state senator used a procedural move to block the legislation from being heard next week in a Senate committee.

Sen. Joe Negron of Stuart said the break should only go to students who are U.S. citizens and Florida residents.

But Scott said students who have spent their childhood in Florida deserve the same rate as their “peers and classmates do.”

Bush said that “punishing” children for their parents’ actions isn’t in the best interests of the state.