Democrats were pushing for a new vote on whether to cap the scholarship at 127 semester hours for all programs, not just those that can completed in fewer hours. The cap would one day mean that hundreds of HOPE scholars would see their eligibility run out before they received a bachelor's degree.
Republican leaders, who supported the cap, called it necessary to protect the popular lottery-funded scholarship, which pays tuition for ``B'' students. Democrats disputed that interpretation, pointing out that sponsors didn't even know how much money the hour cap would save.
On a reconsideration vote Wednesday, the House voted 91-61 not to take the bill back up. That vote means the hour limit will go to the Senate for consideration.
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