The Senate today barely approved HB 1684 to allow in-state college tuition for a variety of foreign students, including those brought to this country as children by parents without legal status. The vote was 18-7, the minimum required for passage.

The bill covers children of people with work permits, Marshallese and students held to be legal residents under the Dream Act (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), which protected children younger than 16. Those eligible must have lived in the state three years and graduated from an Arkansas high school.

Sen. Trent Garner (R-El Dorado) mounted some questions aimed at suggesting some colleges might experience a drop in income from students who might now be paying higher out-of-state

 tuition.