ANNAPOLIS — Republican Maryland senators temporarily derailed a measure that would give illegal immigrants lower tuition rates at Maryland public universities and colleges.
The Senate gave the measure an initial nod with a 24-23 vote on Monday. But Sen. David R. Brinkley, R-Carroll and Frederick counties, filibustered a second and final vote by reading aloud the paperback novel Born to Run on the Senate floor.
Roughly 10 minutes into Brinkley's reading, lawmakers petitioned for a reconsideration of the initial vote — sending the bill to a conference committee by a 29-17 vote.
The committee will attempt to reconcile the House and Senate versions of the bill. But with less than 10 hours remaining before the end of session, the committee could effectively kill the measure.
"We may not ever see this bill again for eight years," said Sen. Victor Ramirez, D-Cheverly, a proponent of the bill.
Sen. Rob Garagiola, D-Germantown, insisted that the measure would be revived before the end of the day.
"We can move very quickly to get a conference committee together and we can get this issue addressed today," he said.