Maryland in-state tuition referendum meets signature requirement, pending official certification
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland: A veto referendum about in-state tuition for illegal immigrants is headed to the 2012 statewide ballot. On Thursday, July 7 election officials announced that a total of 63,118 signatures were verified; exceeding the state requirement.
Although the proposed measure has already exceeded the minimum 55,736 signature requirement, the measure has not yet been officially certified. According to officials, about 40,000 signatures remain to be verified. Linda Lamone, the state elections administrator, said the petition won't be officially certified until July 22.
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. An estimated 10 other states have adopted similar laws.