BY MARKUS SCHMIDT Richmond Times-Dispatch
February 5, 2013
A bipartisan dream of allowing eligible undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates has ended short of being debated on the House floor.
House Bill 5025, sponsored by Dels. Thomas Davis Rust, R-Fairfax, and Alfonso H. Lopez, D-Arlington, passed in a House committee last week but was effectively killed when a House Appropriations panel refused to hear it.
Lopez on Monday remained optimistic that the bill might fare better in next year’s session.
“I’m very happy that we have gotten it this far and I am excited about our prospects next year,” he said. “I will continue to fight for this legislation until it becomes law in Virginia.”