Tuition breaks for illegal immigrants goes to gov
Both the Maryland Senate and the House of Delegates agreed on a compromise plan to extend in-state tuition to illegal immigrants, sending the controversial legislation to the governor's desk.
Gov. Martin O'Malley has said he will sign the bill. Cheers erupted from undocumented students sitting in the House galleries when delegates cast their final votes. The bill passed the House on a vote of 74 to 65, a preliminary tally shows.
The House move came about an hour after the Senate passed the compromise 27 to 19.
The measure allows undocumented students who've attended three years of Maryland high school to qualify for discounted tuition at state universities and colleges.
The compromise measure requires male students to sign up for selective service. Also the undocumented students will not count against the requirement that 70 percent of students are Maryland residents. Students will be able to start their higher education in Fall 2011.
The bill also tightens requirements that students or their parents pay taxes: They must show that income taxes were withheld for three years prior to starting. The House-Senate committee removed an amendment added by Del. Luiz Simmons that loosened the tax paying requirement.