Bill to extend tuition to undocumented students fails

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- An attempt to extend in-state tuition to undocumented students failed in a senate committee on Tuesday.

The chair of the committee, who is against the bill, did not put it on the agenda in an effort to stop it, but the sponsor tried to find other ways around it.

Appropriations chairman Senator Joe Negron chose not to put the bill on the agenda, almost killing it in the Senate.

Sponsor of the measure, Sen. Jack Latvala, tried to revive it by amending the language into other education bills up for consideration today. But, the amendment was found out of order by the committee.

Although rules chairman John Thrasher supports in-state tuition for undocumented students, when asked, he agreed the amendment did not fit the purpose of the bill at hand.

"I'm for Senator Latvala's underlying bill and I support it but I also recognize I a duty and an obligation to the members of this committee and the senate," Thrasher said. "I think it's wrong to deny the people of Florida that are affected by this a vote by us on this issue. So I took what avenue I thought was open with amendments today."

Senate President Don Gaetz, who is against the measure, previously said he will not block a vote on the senate floor. ‚Äč


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