Immigration Tuition Bill Narrowly Passes Senate Committee

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.-- In-state tuition for undocumented aliens in the state of Florida took another step towards becoming a reality, but barely.

A bill that would allow illegal immigrants to pay in-state college tuition passed the Senate Education Committee by only one vote.

Meanwhile, supporters rallied in the capitol to try and urge lawmakers to come around on the issue.

The bill's sponsor says even if families are here illegally, they should be rewarded for paying Florida taxes.

"In-state tuition was set up as a way of rewarding people that are taxpayers that want their kids to go to Florida schools. Out-of-state parents don't pay taxes in Florida. That should be the difference. It never had anything to do with immigration at all," Sen. Jack Latvala, (R) Pinellas County, said.

Latvala said he's not worried about the narrow committee vote and says he has enough votes to pass the bill on the senate floor.