Tempers flared in the state Senate on Thursday over a series of hostile amendments proposed by
The Senate approved a bill that would expand the number of immigrants in the country illegally who would get in-state tuition at state universities.
The action took place after some Senate Republicans tried unsuccessfully to pass a hostile amendment that would also have extended in-state tuition to
Senate President Pro Tem
Republicans had also tried a hostile amendment Thursday on the state's cap-and-trade program.
"We don't entertain hostile amendments on the floor," Steinberg warned.
Currently, students in the country illegally can pay lower, in-state tuition if they have successfully completed three years at California high schools. The Senate voted 27-6 to approve a measure that would extend in-state tuition to students who participate in accelerated learning programs, including some at community colleges, which allow them to graduate ahead of completing the three-year high school attendance requirement.