- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 19, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida House is giving tentative approval to a bill that would allow qualified Florida students to pay in-state college tuition rates even if they are in the country illegally.

The House could take a final vote on the bill (HB 851) this week.

Legislators did make some significant changes to the bill Wednesday.

They changed it so the tuition break would cover Florida youth who attended four years of high school.

The initial version of the bill extended the tuition break to students who had spent three years in a Florida high school.

Some Democrats complained the change would “weaken” the bill.

House Speaker Will Weatherford backs the bill. But some Republicans have argued the bill would give a benefit to someone whose family broke the law.

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