A bill that would give illegal immigrants in-state college tuition passed out of the senate appropriations committee early Wednesday morning over objections from Republicans who say Democrats rushed it through. The measure was expected to fail in the appropriations committee, but one Republican lawmaker was absent during the vote. Bente Birkeland reports from Denver.

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