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Md. High Court Hears ‘Dream Act’ Referendum Debate

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Attorneys for an immigrant advocacy group are trying to convince Maryland’s highest court that a new law to provide college tuition rates to illegal immigrants doesn’t belong on the ballot.

Opponents of the law have organized a petition drive to put the question before voters in November. But Joseph E. Sandler, a lawyer for Casa de Maryland, told the Maryland Court of Appeals on Tuesday that the Dream Act passed by state lawmakers last year is a spending bill and therefore cannot legally be subject to a referendum.

Paul J. Orfanedes, a lawyer representing the group that led the petition drive, said the law has nothing to do with spending and should be allowed on the ballot.

A lower court previously ruled in favor of opponents.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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