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House gives final passage to HOPE overhaul

ATLANTA (AP) - An overhaul of the cash-strapped HOPE scholarship is headed to Gov. Nathan Deal for his signature.

The House on Thursday voted 136-32 to give final passage to the bill, agreeing to changes made in the state Senate The bill reduces HOPE scholarships for all but the state's highest scoring students and eliminates payments for books, fees and remedial classes.

Awards are set each year by the Legislature rather than being tied to tuition rates.

House lawmakers applauded after the vote, among the biggest issue the state Legislature tackles this session.

The lottery-funded scholarship program had been set to go broke due to rising college tuition and skyrocketing enrollment.

Deal proposed the HOPE overhaul and is expected to sign the measure as soon as next week.

House Bill 326: www.legis.ga.gov

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