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DENVER (AP) - Colorado House lawmakers are considering a bill to grant illegal immigrants the same tuition rate as legal state residents.

The proposal is expected to reach the governor's desk, and it's already passed the Senate. It's getting its first vote in a House committee on Wednesday.

With the bill, illegal immigrants who graduate from Colorado high schools would be able to attend college at the in-state rate.

They currently have to pay the more expensive out-of-state rate. Lawmakers have tried to pass the bill several times, but it's been blocked in previous years by both parties.

The bill's likely passage highlights a shift in the state. Less than a decade ago, the Democratic-controlled Legislature passed a bill that barred illegal immigrants from receiving any nonemergency state benefits.