Denver (AP) A State Senate Committee has approved a measure that would grant in-state tuition to undocumented immigrants.
Approval for the bill came yesterday evening after nearly five hours of testimony.
Lawmakers approved the bill on a 5-3 party-line vote, with Republicans voting no.
Senate President Peter Groff says undocumented children shouldn't suffer for the sins of their parents. Opponents of the bill say it violates a federal law that says undocumented immigrants shouldn't get any benefits that a U.S. Citizen doesn't receive.
Similar measures passed in other states, including California, have been met with legal challenges.
Depending on the school, in-state tuition in Colorado could cost about $2,340, as opposed to $7,040 for out-of-state students.
Under Colorado's proposal, students would qualify for in-state tuition after graduation if they attended a state high school for three years.