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Dream Act bill nixed, advocates return to Albany

Created: 03/18/2014 1:32 PM WHEC.com
By: Associated Press

Labor unions and immigration advocacy groups are back in Albany and blaming the Senate leadership for a failed bill that would provide financial aid to New York students in the country illegally.

Advocates for the New York Dream Act were already scheduled to be in Albany on Tuesday to lobby for the bill, which was rejected Monday afternoon by the Senate's ruling majority after the measure was brought to the floor of the chamber with little notice.

Democratic lawmakers are calling the vote a setup, due to the lack of notice and notable absence of potentially crucial Republican lawmakers.

The 30-29 vote was two votes short of the 32 needed to pass, a rare defeat for a bill brought to a vote in the Senate.





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