The Maryland In-State Tuition Referendum, also known as the Dream Act Referendum, will appear on the November 6, 2012 ballot in the state of Maryland as an initiated veto referendum. The referendum allows voters to decide whether the law will be upheld.
The legislation in question was approved by both houses of the Maryland General Assembly during the 2011 legislative session. Senate Bill 167 would allow undocumented 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 filed taxes. Initially, students that qualify would have to attend a community college. However, after two years, the students can transfer to a four year university. According to reports, the legislation is estimated to cost $3.5 million by 2016.
The bill was signed by Gov. Martin O’Malley on May 10, 2011. However, as of July 22, 2011 the Maryland Secretary of State has confirmed that referendum supporters met the state’s petition signature requirement and the measure will appear on the 2012 statewide ballot. The law will remain pending vote results.
Tex of measure
The ballot measure will read as follows:
Public Institutions of Higher Education – Tuition Rates (Ch. 191 of the 2011 Legislative Session)
Establishes that individuals, including undocumented immigrants, are eligible to pay in-state tuition rates at community colleges in Maryland, provided the student meets certain conditions relating to attendance and graduation from a Maryland high school, filing of income taxes, intent to apply for permanent residency, and registration with the selective service system (if required); makes such students eligible to pay in-state tuition rates at a four-year public college or university if the student has first completed 60 credit hours or graduated from a community college in Maryland; provides that students qualifying for in-state tuition rates by this method will not be counted as in-state students for purposes of counting undergraduate enrollment; and extends the time in which honorably discharged veterans may qualify for in-state tuition rates.
For the Referred Law
Against the Referred Law