Ark. Senate panel rejects immigrant tuition bill

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - A proposal aimed at allowing Arkansas colleges and universities to extend in-state tuition rates to some immigrants who came to the country illegally has failed before a state Senate committee.

The proposal failed to get the five votes needed to advance past the eight-member Senate Education Committee Wednesday. It would have allowed individual schools to set criteria for the cheaper in-state rates.

Democratic Sen. Joyce Elliott had originally proposed granting in-state tuition rates to anyone who has attended an Arkansas high school for at least three years and has an Arkansas high school diploma or general education diploma in the state.

Elliott amended the proposal to leave the decision up to schools after struggling to find support for the bill in the Senate.

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