State House Signals Approval Of Homeless Youth Tuition Bill

<p>(Hart Van Denburg/CPR News)</p>
<p>The Colorado State Capitol.</p>

The Colorado House Tuesday gave initial approval to a measure to help homeless youth qualify for in-state tuition. Young people who live with a parent or guardian for a year qualify for the in-state rate but many homeless youth don’t have those relationships.

Rep. Daneya Esgar, D-Pueblo, says the bill would mean unaccompanied homeless youth would qualify as well.

"This bill is going to be a super important bill for kids here in Colorado," she said.

The Democratic-led House approved the bill on a voice vote with some Republican support. It needs one more approval in the House. Republican senators voted down a similar measure last year.