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Ramsey has problem with college bill that would grant in-state tuition to students here illegally

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NASHVILLE — Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says he has reservations about a bill that grants in-state college tuition rates to students who came to the U.S. illegally but attended Tennessee schools and graduated from high school.

"I'll have a problem with that," Ramsey said of the legislation, sponsored by Sen. Todd Gardenhire, R-Chattanooga, and Rep. Richard Floyd, R-Chattanooga.

"Illegal is the key word ... and they're not supposed to be here to begin with," the Blountville Republican said last week.

He said he wants to look more closely at the proposal.

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