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Lawmakers kill bids to expand TOPS program

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BATON ROUGE (AP) — Efforts to rework Louisiana’s free college tuition program have fizzled in the legislative session.

The House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday rejected two bills to expand the TOPS program, killing the final legislation still pending that would have made eligibility changes to the program.

One measure by Sen. Bodi White, a Baton Rouge area Republican, would have created a new award for TOPS students who attend community college, get an associate degree and enroll in a four-year university. The committee voted 10-9 against the proposal.

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