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Senate panel passes adult completer scholarship bill

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— The Idaho Senate Education Committee passed a bill to put up to a fifth of the opportunity scholarship towards adults returning to college.

SB 1279, the adult completer scholarship, came as a recommendation from Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter, who is also pushing to add five million dollars to the nearly $10.2 million fund.

The sole dissenting vote on the nine-person panel was Rep. Lori Den Hartog, R-Meridian.

“I don’t believe it is the role of the state to be providing scholarships. I think we are better positioned to be setting policy and setting tuition rates for all students,” she said.

Others, including Sen. Cherie Buckner Webb, D-Boise, felt the bill was a good way to increase Idaho’s higher education go-on rate by getting adults to return to college.

“I just think it’s a win-win for Idaho, so I’ll heartily support this one,” she said.

SB 1279 needs to be clear the Senate floor, a House committee, the House floor and be signed by the governor to become law.

– Kyle Pfannenstiel covers the 2018 Idaho Legislature for the University of Idaho McClure Center for Public Policy Research.


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