ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York's Assembly passed a bill that would open state tuition assistance programs to undocumented immigrant students, a measure that now moves to an uncertain future in the Senate.
The Assembly voted 82 to 46 in favor of the "Dream Act" after almost two hours of floor discussion Tuesday. The bill also passed the Assembly last May, but died in the Senate.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says that $27 million will be included for the Dream Act in the Assembly's budget proposal and he's asking the Senate to pass the bill this session.
The bill has 27 Democratic sponsors in the Senate. That's five votes short of a majority.