Alabama AP Survey: No consensus on tuition bailout

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - An Associated Press survey of Alabama legislators has found there is no consensus yet on whether state government should bail out Alabama's financially ailing prepaid college tuition plan with millions of state dollars.

Republican Rep. Greg Wren of Montgomery and others have prepared legislation that would commit state government to paying the tuition for 45,000 students remaining in the Prepaid Affordable College Tuition plan.

In the AP survey, 59 percent of the House and 38 percent of the Senate expressed support. The proposal was opposed by 5 percent of the House and 21 percent of the Senate. The remaining 36 percent of the House and 41 percent of the Senate were undecided.

To pass, Wren's bill will have to pick up many of the undecided votes in the Senate.

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