BUFFALO, N.Y. — A bill that's been stalled for a while in Albany is moving today.
The Senate just passed the DREAM Act, which would let people who were brought to the country illegally as children apply for state college tuition aid.
It was passed by a 40-20 vote in the state senate now controlled by democrats.
That aid includes the Excelsior Scholarship, which covers the entire tuition for students whose families are under a certain income threshold.
It's passed the state assembly for years, but it never made it anywhere in the Senate until the Democrats took control earlier this month.
The governor included $27 million in his budget proposal to pay for it.
State Senator Rob Ortt of Niagara County, was among those voting against, reasoning that the approximately $27 million/year in aid, that an estimated 5,000 theretofore ineligible potential students, could now get, divert aid from from legal residents.
"And who now have the added bonus to know they not only have to struggle to pay back loans or tuition, but they also have to pay for illegal immigrants when we can take care of every citizen who is here legally has paid by the rules and paid into the system then we can talk about those who are not," said Senator Ortt.