SALEM, Ore. (AP) _ The latest on the activities of the Oregon Legislature as lawmakers press closer to adjourning the 2015 legislative session:
Legislation allowing recent high school graduates to qualify for a tuition waiver at Oregon community colleges has cleared the House and is headed to the governor.
The bill would provide the dollars needed to cover tuition where state and federal grants fall short. Students who graduated or got a GED certificate within six months of enrolling for community college courses could qualify for the program.
Students would also need to have achieved at least a 2.5 grade point average in high school and have accepted all federal and state grants available to them.
Advocates said it will provide opportunities for more students to get a secondary education, especially since many jobs require a higher education degree.
House lawmakers advanced the bill 48-12.