In-state tuition measure to be signed into law next week

Posted on: 2:00 pm, April 22, 2013, by , updated on: 02:01pm, April 22, 2013

Yesenya Saucedo testifies in support of Senate Bill 11 before the Senate Education Committee earlier this year.

Yesenya Saucedo testifies in support of Senate Bill 11 before the Senate Education Committee earlier this year.

DENVER — Legislation that will allow undocumented students to receive in-state tuition at Colorado colleges and universities will finally be signed into law next Monday.

The so-called “ASSET” bill passed the House more than a month ago, but a signing ceremony had been put on hold because organizers were hoping to get President Barack Obama or, more likely, Education Secretary Arne Duncan to travel to Denver for a signing ceremony.

Those plans, however, failed to materialize; the president’s trip to Denver earlier this month to push Congress to support gun control measures made it less likely he or a cabinet member would return to Colorado again so soon.

Gov. John Hickenlooper, who called for passage of ASSET in his State of the State Address in January, will sign Senate Bill 11 into law at 1 p.m. next Monday, April 29.

The ceremony will take place in the student center on the Auraria Campus that is home to Metro State University of Denver, whose trustees voted last summer to allow a reduced tuition rate to undocumented students after the ASSET bill’s failure in a then-divided legislature.