House Speaker On Opening Day Pushes Tuition Break For Illegals

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford is calling on legislators to let qualified Florida students pay in-state college tuition even if they are in the country illegally.

Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, Will Weatherford (photo: Florida House of Representatives)

Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, Will Weatherford (photo: Florida House of Representatives)

Weatherford on Tuesday told House members it was “hurting” kids to force them to pay higher tuition rates if they were brought to the United States illegally by their parents.

The Wesley Chapel Republican said that children should not be punished “for the mistakes of their parents.”

Weatherford’s speech kicked off the 60-day session. Gov. Rick Scott is expected to give his annual “State of the State” speech later.

Legislators plan to debate everything from guns to gambling. Legislative leaders have their own proposals to expand the use of private school vouchers and to offer additional incentives to military veterans living here.

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