Alabama House, Senate disagree on tuition bill

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Senate has refused to go along with a House-passed bill that would commit $236 million for the state's prepaid college tuition plan and cap tuition increases for the 44,000 participants.

The Senate voted 20-7 Tuesday not to go along with the House version of the bill and send it to a conference committee to try to work out differences. The Senate earlier passed a different version of the bill favored by universities. It doesn't cap tuition increases.

A founder of the Prepaid Affordable College Tuition plan, Lt. Gov. Jim Folsom Jr., told conference committee members that a lot of people are depending on them to find a solution to the plan's financial problems.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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