HB118 passed the House today. This bill was designed to protect our US military. PLEASE do not listen to the soundbites from political snipers. HB118 has no mention in its entirety of illegal immigrants. So the real question is "why did those who voted against this bill, NOT support our US Military?" PLEASE read the bill for yourself and as always, feel free to contact me with questions or comments.

Bill Summary: For senatorial scholarships, the bill also requires an individual to be domiciled in the legislative district from which the applicant seeks an award and makes conforming changes, including repealing language specifying that an individual who is on active duty with the United States military must be domiciled in the State and, at the time of the applicant’s initial application, be domiciled in the legislative district from which the applicant seeks an award. These are conforming changes because active-duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces who are stationed, reside, or are domiciled in Maryland are eligible for in-state tuition and thus continue to be eligible for the scholarships, as discussed below.

State Effect: General fund expenditures increase by $50,000 in FY 2020 for one-time contractual costs associated with updating the Maryland Higher Education Commission’s (MHEC) scholarship system. Expanding eligibility for the senatorial and delegate scholarships does not require additional spending. Senators and delegates receive a set amount of scholarship money, which is not changed by the bill. Revenues are not affected.

GAM-HB0118 Summary 2019 Regular Session

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