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Dream Act stirs in state Senate

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OLYMPIA — State Senate Republicans announced Thursday they will vote to allow financial aid for students who were illegally brought to the United States as children, a stunning reversal that paves the way for passage of a top Democratic priority.

Higher Education Committee chairwoman Sen. Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor, who 18 days ago described the so-called state Dream Act as not a priority, expected a version of the bill to pass through her committee and the Senate floor today.

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