Senate leader: ‘Dream Act’ is dead this session

SEATTLE — State Senate majority leader Rodney Tom, of Medina, says a measure that would have opened need-base college to immigrants living without permission in the country is dead.

Tom told the Yakima-Herald Republic on Sunday the measure dubbed the Washington Dream Act will not receive a vote on the floor this session, essentially killing its chances until next year.

Tom’s comments are the latest nail on the measure’s coffin. In late March, Senate Higher Education Committee chairwoman Sen. Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor, said the bill would not receive a committee vote.

Bill proponents had held out hope a procedural move would be used to bring the measure to a floor vote. Tom says that’s not going to happen.

A Democrat, Tom became the majority leader after joining the Republicans in the Senate.

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