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Latvala confident about immigrant tuition bill

Expect some action on the immigrant tuition bill "early in the week," Sen. Jack Latvala said Sunday.

Latvala, R-Clearwater, plans to move the House version of the proposal (HB 851).

He has filed an amendment that would bring the House bill closer to its companion in the Senate. Specifically, it would allow the University of Florida and Florida State University to raise tuition as much as 6 percent over the rate set by the legislature. Other universities would be prohibited from having a so-called tuition differential.

"The revised amendment is agreed to by the House and the governor," Latvala said Sunday. "All I have to do is get 21 votes in the Senate."

That won't be a problem. Twenty of his fellow senators have signed on as co-sponsors.

The bigger hurdle will be getting the 27 votes needed to waive the rules and move the bill to the floor.

Lavala is optimistic.

"I believe we will have the votes," he said.