Ore. Illegal immigrant tuition bill appears dead
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- An effort to revive a bill that would allow some illegal immigrants to pay in-state college tuition has failed in the Oregon House.
Democrats tried to collect 31 signatures to force a floor vote on the measure, but they were five short when a deadline passed Tuesday evening.
Proponents of the measure are running out of options to pass it as legislators race to adjourn the legislative session.
The effort's failure became clear when Republican Rep. Bob Jenson, who is a sponsor, said on the House floor late Tuesday that he would not buck his party's leadership to side with Democrats on a procedural maneuver.
Democrats also failed with efforts to revive two other bills, including one to name a National Guard armory after former Gov. Ted Kulongoski.