Dream Act passes House in rare first-day vote; Senate action unlikely

The Seattle TimesJanuary 13, 2014 

OLYMPIA — The state House overwhelmingly passed the so-called Washington Dream Act on Monday, kickstarting the 60-day legislative session with a rare opening-day floor vote.

But state Senate leaders signaled the bill is unlikely to move in that chamber.

The proposal, House Bill 1817, would allow access to financial aid for aspiring state college students who were illegally brought to the United States as children.

It passed 71-23, with some Republicans joining with majority Democrats, who have made the bill a top priority.