Md. Immigrant Tuition Foes Clear Petition Hurdle

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    Maryland officials said opponents of a state law allowing certain illegal immigrants to pay in-state college tuition have cleared a key hurdle in their quest for a referendum.

    The state Board of Elections said Tuesday it has validated more than the 18,579 signatures that opponents needed to collect by last Tuesday's deadline.

    Voter registration director Mary Cramer Wagner said the additional valid signatures will count toward the total of nearly 56,000 that the group must collect by June 30. The board of elections has until July 20 to validate the signatures on the referendum petition.

    The signatures go toward putting the issue to a referendum next year.