The Associated Press reports: Gov. Rick Scott is backing a bill that would allow qualified Florida students to pay in-state college tuition even if they are in the country illegally.
Scott told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he supports the legislation sponsored by Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, because it would also prevent state universities from being able to raise tuition rates above the amount annually set by the state Legislature.
“I’m appreciative of the fact that he’s concerned about the debt that our students are ending up with and that tuition has been growing too fast,” Scott said.
Scott’s decision to back the legislation is a turn from 2010, when he took a hard line on immigration issues and supported having Florida enact a law similar to those of other states that bar the in-state benefit.
But at least for the past two years, Scott has been staunchly opposed to tuition hikes and vetoed one proposed by the Florida Legislature.