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Ala. House, Senate Disagree On Tuition Bill

Montgomery, AL – The Alabama Senate has refused to go along with a House-passed bill that would commit $236 million for the state's prepaid college tuition plan and cap tuition increases for the 44,000 participants.

The Senate voted 20-7 Tuesday not to go along with the House version of the bill and send it to a conference committee to try to work out differences. The Senate earlier passed a different version of the bill favored by universities. It doesn't cap tuition increases.

The House later voted 93-0 to take the issue to conference committee. The House sponsor, Rep. Craig Ford, said negotiations were under way and he hoped differences between the House and Senate versions could be worked out in the conference committee.

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