OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- The Senate has approved a measure to expand college financial aid to include students who were brought to Washington state illegally as children.
Senate Bill 6523 passed on a 35-10 bipartisan vote and now heads to the House for consideration. The measure requires students to have received a high school diploma or equivalent in Washington state and to have lived in the state for at least three years before receiving it.
The Senate rejected an amendment that would have had measure the expire after four years, and which would have required students to have been granted temporary permission to stay in the U.S. under an Obama administration policy -- known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA.
The Senate measure, a longtime priority for Democrats in the House and Senate, was sponsored by Republican Sens. Barbara Bailey, Joe Fain, Andy Hill, Steve Litzow, Bruce Dammeier and Majority Leader Rodney Tom, the Democratic leader of the predominantly Republican Majority Coalition Caucus.