ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland House of Delegates has passed a bill allowing illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition, if they meet certain conditions.
The House voted 74-66 on Friday for the measure.
The Senate already has approved legislation. The two chambers will have to work out some differences added by the House before the legislature adjourns Monday night for the bill to go to Gov. Martin O’Malley. The governor has said he’ll sign the measure.
Illegal immigrants would have to complete two years at a community college and show that their parents paid state income taxes for the three years before they enrolled to qualify for in-state tuition.
Democrats say it creates opportunity for people who have lived in Maryland for years, but Republicans contend it rewards illegal behavior at taxpayers’ expense.
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