After a sharply-charged debate that touched on the law, immigration and America, a divided Florida Senate voted Thursday in favor of letting students who live in the country illegally qualify for in-state college tuition rates.
The vote was not unexpected, but it was still a landmark day. The Republican-controlled Senate has killed the proposal several times in the past several years. The bill is expected to pass now and head to the desk of Gov. Rick Scott who has publicly endorsed the legislation for several weeks.
"It's an exciting day for every student that dreams of a college education," Scott said shortly after the bill passed. "This is a historic day. Children who grow up in this state now get the same tuition as their peers."