Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Instate tuition Hearing

Undocumented students may lose in-state breakThe joint Education Interim Committee voted Wednesday to support repealing a law that allows some undocumented students to pay in-state tuition at Utah colleges and universities.

Waiver for illegals on shaky ground
By Shinika A. Sykes The Salt Lake Tribune
Children of illegal residents may no longer be eligible for reduced in-state college tuition at Utah public colleges and universities if a 3-year-old state law is reversed. That reversal gained momentum Wednesday when the Legislature's Education Interim Committee voted along party lines, 10-3, to send House Bill 239 directly to the House floor during the 2006 session. HB239 was ready for passage during the 2005 Legislature, but was delayed when questions arose over whether federal law prohibits Utah from providing higher-education opportunities to illegal residents. In addition, lawmakers were concerned that the current law harms U.S. citizens from out of state who are forced to pay higher tuition. "If it stays on the books, it's an amnesty bill," said Rep. LaVar Christensen.

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