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Maryland election officials certify "Dream Act" referendum for the 2012 ballot

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July 22, 2011

By Bailey Ludlam

Maryland

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland: It's official. The veto referendum about in-state tuition for illegal immigrants, also known as the Maryland "Dream Act," is headed to the 2012 statewide ballot.

In early July, officials announced that supporters had met the state's minimum signature requirement of 55,736. However, the measure remained pending uncounted signatures.[1] As of Friday, July 22 the final deadline to verify and certify the proposed measure, officials announced that a total of 108,923 signatures were cleared.

The veto referendum questions legislation that would allow illegal immigrants to pay in-state or in-county tuition at Maryland colleges. However, in order to qualify students are required to have attended a Maryland high school for three years, as well as prove that their parents or themselves paid taxes. According to reports, the legislation is estimated to cost $3.5 million by 2016.[2] An estimated 10 other states have adopted similar laws.

The law will remain pending 2012 vote results.

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