In a Press Release received just now from Maryland Petitions, Delegate Neil Parrott has announced a suit will be filed today against the highly successful petition drive to get a referendum on the ballot for 2012 to LET THE VOTERS DECIDE if they wish to subsidize the college educations of illegal aliens. (Update: Here is the news at the Baltimore Sun)
From Maryland Petitions Press Release:
Breaking News: Today at noon, 3 groups will officially announce their lawsuit against the Maryland State Board of Elections. Their goal? To throw out your signatures and invalidate all of your hard work.
We just received word that CASA de Maryland, the Maryland division of the National Educators Association (NEA), and an illegal immigrant will jointly file a lawsuit on the basis of two things:
1) They are claiming that all of the signatures obtained from the website are not valid.
2) They are asserting that the entire petition drive is not valid as they feel that the bill is an “appropriations bill” which, according to the Maryland Constitution, is not permitted to be petitioned.
Of course, we disagree with their assertions and will be sending out a press release by this afternoon with our response. We will send it to you first.
The will of the people of Maryland was clearly shown through this petition drive. We do not want to pay our tax dollars to pay for more than half of the college tuition for illegal immigrants – people who are breaking the law. Through your hard work, we turned in more than TWICE the number of signatures required.
Now is the time to take action – This lawsuit is ignoring the will of the people AND trying to disenfranchise your signatures by playing political games.
We will be in touch very soon with more details and action steps.
In my opinion this is a huge tactical error on the part of CASA de Maryland and the NEA—they should just let the referendum process move forward and work hard to get their viewpoint out to the public. Now, they are going to look as mean-spirited as they apparently are!
And, once again I wonder how many kids could be put through college if they just used the money they will use to sue to actually help individual kids!
Time for Maryland conservatives and believers in the rule of law to donate at MD Petitions, here.