The Oregon House has given final approval to a bill that would overturn a law barring public community colleges from creating new programs that compete with offerings of for-profit career colleges.
The House vote on Thursday sends the bill to Gov. John Kitzhaber, who intends to sign it.
Supporters say the current law restricts the creation of new public programs to train workers for career fields like phlebotomy, truck driving and nursing. They say it raises costs and makes it harder to meet demand for trained workers.
Opponents say the current law enables for-profit universities to compete on a level playing field with public colleges.