- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 1, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - In spite of some Republican opposition, state legislators keep moving forward with a bill that would allow qualified Florida students to pay in-state college tuition rates even if they are in the country illegally.

The latest vote came Tuesday in the Senate Judiciary Committee where a version of the bill (SB 1400) was approved by a 7-2 vote. Two GOP legislators voted no.

The approval came after a contentious hearing where a Republican executive committee leader from Santa Rosa County complained the bill would hurt the campaign of Gov. Rick Scott this fall. Four years ago, Scott was in favor of tougher immigration laws, but now he favors the Senate bill.

The Florida House has already passed the bill although there are some differences between the House and Senate bills.

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