Denver (AP) - A bill allowing illegal immigrants to pay in-state college tuition in Colorado has survived a 5-4 vote in the senate appropriations committee.
Republican committee member Ted Harvey, an opponent of the bill, was absent from Wednesday's vote because of a family emergency. Had he been present, the vote would likely have been 5-5, stalling the bill.
The vote was originally scheduled for Friday, when Harvey was expected to be back, but was moved up to Wednesday.
Republicans accused democrats of taking advantage of Harvey's absence to make sure the bill passed.
Committee Chairman Sen. Abel Tapia, a Pueblo democrat, said the bill and seven others were moved up to help clear out a backlog of bills caused by delays in balancing the state budget.
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