NASHVILLE -Sen. Todd Gardenhire's bill granting in-state college tuition rates to U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants cleared a key hurdle today.

Following lengthy debate, Senate Finance Committee members approved the bill on a 10-1 vote.

The bill now goes to the Senate Calendar Committee where it will be scheduled for Senate floor consideration.

Gardenhire, R-Chattanooga, says the bill would apply to students who have resided in Tennessee for at least one year and graduated from an in-state high school.

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