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N.Y. Assembly committee votes down free college tuition for veterans’ families

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New York’s Higher Education Committee has blocked legislation that would have offered discounted college tuition, room, and board for veterans’ families.

The proposal would apply to dependents of military service members who died in the line of duty and attend SUNY or CUNY institutions.

On Tuesday, the committee voted 15-11 to hold the bill, ultimately ensuring the bill will not make it to the Assembly floor.

“It’s truly a disservice to this state and, most importantly, our brave veterans that power brokers in Albany kill truly bipartisan legislation with noble causes,” Bill Sponsor Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) said. “Inmates get Ipads, parolees get pardons and criminal illegals get lawyers but the Assembly Majority cries broke when it comes to our valiant veterans – mindboggling.”

Last week, New York lawmakers passed a $27 million bill to provide tuition aid for undocumented immigrants.

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