Democratic Sen. Luz Robles (ROW-bless) of Salt Lake City says Friday veterans would be eligible for state grants to complete a college degree after benefits provided by the federal government have expired.
Robles says the tuition assistance would help lower the high unemployment rate among veterans.
The bill would have required $250,000 to begin funding.
Republican Sen. Margaret Dayton of Orem says the assistance would remove the incentive for veterans to complete their education in a timely manner.
The Senate voted against the bill 11-14.
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