Yesterday the state Senate rejected a bill that would prevent students with some types of deferred status from paying in state tuition rates.
The bill failed on a mostly party line vote of 19 to 20. All 19 Democrats opposed the bill while 19 of the Senate’s 21 Republicans supported it.
Republican Senator Jill Vogel of Fauquier did not cast a vote when the bill was called and outgoing moderate Republican Senator John Watkins of Powhatan crossed the aisle to vote with Democrats.
Lawmakers say 81 deferred-action status students currently receive in state tuition.