A measure that would give illegal immigrants who graduate from Colorado high schools lower tuition rates has cleared its first hurdle at the state capitol. The bill passed the senate education committee on a party line vote on yesterday. State capitol reporter Bente Birkeland has more on the emotional hearing.

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