Colorado immigrant tuition bill poised to advance

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DENVER (AP) -- Illegal immigrants in Colorado are closer to getting in-state tuition rates, as long as they seek citizenship.

A Democratic Senate committee voted 6-3 Thursday to approve a bill allowing Colorado residents who are illegal immigrants to receive in-state tuition.

The tuition bill is thought likely to become law because Democrats took control of both chambers of the Legislature. Latinos last year made up an estimated 14 percent of Colorado's vote, the highest-ever turnout for the group.

One Republican on the Education Committee also voted for the tuition proposal. Freshman Sen. Owen Hill of Colorado Springs said it is a "moral duty" to change tuition policies.

Legislative analysts say the measure could affect some 500 students next school year.