FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, April 30th, 2014
Kathy Bird, firstname.lastname@example.org, (786) 210-9030
Jorge Tume, email@example.com, (786) 382-9087
IN-STATE TUITION BILL TO BE VOTED TOMORROW IN THE FLORIDA SENATE, THEN HEADED TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Undocumented youth and immigration advocates convene to watch the Senate vote on In-State Tuition bill
What: Watch Party
When: Thursday, May 1st starting at 10:00 a.m. (Even though there is no exact time set for the vote to happen, Senate session starts at 10:00 a.m.)
Where: Florida Immigrant Coalition – 2800 Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33137
TALLAHASSEE, FL – Today, the Senate took up House Bill 851 for In-State Tuition. As expected, the bill went through the first 2 readings and was rolled over for 3rd reading and final vote tomorrow on the Senate floor.
During today’s session, Senators Jack Latvala and John Legg introduced amendments to the bill, which were not substantial. This means that the bill will have to go back to the House of Representatives for a final vote if it passes the Senate tomorrow.
“The most important part is that we get the support from the Senate on this bill; if the vote on today’s amendment is indicative of something, there are 27 votes. After that, we are counting on Speaker Weatherford and all the Representatives that already voted in favor in the House, to do so again,” explains Francesca Menes, Policy Director for the Florida Immigrant Coalition. “Immigrant youth and thousands of families are watching this bill very closely, because it will change their lives and the lives of many of their neighbors and friends, and we hope to see it be sent to the Governor’s desk before the end of session.”
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