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Colorado expected to pass in-state tuition for illegal immigrants

Giron said jettisoning the compromise has less to do with Democratic dominance than with the fact that this compromise solution was too convoluted.

In 2009, five Democratic senators sided with Republicans in killing a similar bill by a vote of 18 to 16. Democratic Sen. Morgan Carroll cited concerns about deep cuts to higher education and wrote in a blog that the bill was “at odds” with federal laws and invited a lawsuit.

Carroll and two other Democrat’s who voted against the 2009 bill are still in the senate.

But Giron said she hopes it won’t be a purely partisan vote that will pass the bill to the House. She hopes to get two or three Republican votes in the Senate, where Democrats hold a 20-15 majority.

Republican Sen. Greg Brophy admitted that he was “thinking about it,” but declined to elaborate.

Giron’s bill isn’t without precedent. Eleven other states allow in-state tuition for illegal immigrants, including Kansas, Utah, New Mexico and Texas.

The bill will be heard in the education committee next week.

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