Board: tuition bill in Md. to go on 2012 ballot

By BRIAN WITTE | July 7, 2011 | 5:59 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A petition drive against a measure that would allow certain illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition at Maryland colleges has garnered enough signatures to put the legislation on the ballot.

The Maryland State Board of Elections reported Thursday that 63,118 signatures have been validated. A total of 55,736 signatures were needed to put the measure on the ballot for voters to decide in November 2012.

Linda Lamone, the state elections administrator, said about 40,000 additional signatures still have to be verified, and the petition drive won't be officially certified until July 22.

The bill was signed by Gov. Martin O'Malley in May. It was scheduled to take effect July 1, but it has been delayed from taking effect because of the petition drive.