Mike Beebe: No Opposition to In-State Tuition for Illegal Students

by Jeannie Nuss, The Associated Press  on Sunday, Mar. 24, 2013 3:15 pm  

That marks a change for Mike Beebe, who issued a legal opinion as the state's top attorney that helped kill a similar proposal in 2005. (Photo by Mike Pirnique)

"It has a lot to do with what I'm able to afford and what I can't afford," she said.

She and a number of other students hope that will change.

Elliott has downplayed the immigration angle of the measure this session, instead focusing on it as an education bill.

But the fact that Beebe has backed off opposing the in-state tuition bill doesn't mean the proposal will pass.

Elliott's proposal failed in 2005 even though she had the backing of Republican and then-Gov. Mike Huckabee. A similar measure died in 2009, when she lacked Beebe's support.

This time around, Beebe is not endorsing the bill and DeCample wouldn't say whether the governor would sign such a measure should it reach his desk.

But, he said, "He's not going to be out there campaigning against it."

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