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Scott backs free tuition for families of fallen officers, soliders

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Gov. Rick Scott said Monday he supports a proposed constitutional amendment that would waive higher-education tuition and fees for family members of first responders, law-enforcement officers and active-duty military members who are killed in the line of duty.

The proposal has been filed in the Florida Constitution Revision Commission, a panel that meets every 20 years and has the authority to put measures on the 2018 ballot.

The commission in the coming months will whittle a long list of proposals before deciding which issues should go before voters.

The higher-education proposal (Proposal 49) would apply to children and spouses of fallen firefighters, paramedics, emergency-medical technicians, law-enforcement and correctional officers and active-duty members of the U.S. military and the Florida National Guard.

The tuition and fee waivers would apply to family members attending state career centers, state colleges or state universities.