Md. high court hears 'Dream Act' referendum debate


Attorneys for an immigrant advocacy group are trying to convince Maryland's highest court that a new law to provide college tuition breaks 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 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.
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