Democratic lawmakers gave initial approval to a bill letting Colorado illegal immigrants qualify for college tuition that's lower than the out-of-state rate.
The bill passed a Senate committee Thursday on a party-line vote with Republicans against. It's expected to clear the full Senate. A bigger challenge will be the Republican-led House.
Senate Bill 15 is the sixth time Colorado lawmakers have debated what benefits illegal immigrant students should receive. The bill gives colleges the option of creating a third tuition category for illegal immigrant students who have graduated from a state high school after. The students also must sign an affidavit saying they are seeking legal status.
Tuition for illegal immigrants would be a bit higher than the in-state rate, but lower than out-of-state.
Online: Senate Bill 15: http://goo.gl/w67ad