While Lt. David Dewhurst has not yet referred to committee several bills on the re-regulation of college tuition, the debate on the issue will move forward tomorrow morning in the Senate’s Higher Education Committee. Sen. Judith Zaffirini has scheduled a hearing on her version, which limits tuition increases to five percent, with consideration of changes in general revenue appropriations. At the same time, Sen. Juan Hinojosa plans to lay out his alternative bill — which permits only tuition increases to adjust for inflation — as a proposed amendment. Hinojosa had hoped that his bill would be referred to the Finance Committee, which he co-chairs, but absent a decision from Dewhurst, he’s decided to begin debate in Zaffirini’s venue.
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