Published: Apr 22, 2014 1:46 PM EDT
Updated: Apr 22, 2014 1:46 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A proposal to expand Florida's main private school voucher program is advancing again in the Legislature.

A Senate committee on Tuesday agreed to include the expansion of the voucher program in a bill that would help parents of disabled children get additional educational services. Several Democratic legislators voted no.

The Florida House has made expanding the voucher program a top priority and earlier this month voted in favor of it.

Florida already has a popular program where nearly 60,000 students from low-income families attend private schools. State figures show that more than 80 percent of the schools participating are religious.

The Senate bill (SB 1512) would allow more students to become eligible for the program, but it does not expand it as much as the House proposal.