Colorado's Senate Bill 33 , allowing illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition at the state's public universities, is on its way to Gov. John Hickenlooper's desk. The House of Representatives voted on Friday to approve the bill. Here are the details.
* According to the Colorado House Democrats , three Republicans joined the Democrats for the 40-21 vote for the bill's passage.
* The bill is also known as Advancing Students for a Stronger Economy Tomorrow, or ASSET. It was sponsored in the Senate by Sens. Angela Giron and Michael Johnston and in the House by Reps. Angela Williams and Crisanta Duran.
* "It's a very proud moment for me," Duran said following Friday's vote. "I'm thrilled for the hundreds of students who will benefit from this bill, who are Coloradans in every way except for a piece of paper. We just gave them a shot at the American Dream."
* The bill had failed six times in the General Assembly before Friday's passage.
* ASSET allows in-state tuition for illegal immigrants who attend a public or private high school in Colorado for at least three years immediately preceding graduation or completion of a GED in the state and who are admitted to a Colorado college.
* According to the bill, a student who does not have lawful immigration status must submit an affidavit stating that he or she has applied for lawful presence or will apply as soon as possible.
* The bill exempts people receiving educational services or benefits from institutions of higher education from providing any required documentation of lawful presence in the United States.
* In late January, Colorado Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia testified before the Senate Education Committee that both he and the governor supported the bill "because we want Colorado to have a strong economy, an economy that is globally competitive, and that requires good schools, good students and good graduates."
* Garcia added that the state's success turns on its commitment to provide an educational opportunity for all individuals who reside within its borders.
* Legislative analysis of the bill estimates that an additional $930,000 will be needed for the allocation of College Opportunity Fund stipends and that the governing board tuition amounts would need to be increased by $2,043,000 for 2013-14 upon the bill's passage.
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