Maryland state senator vows return of controversial college bill

Friday, February 14, 2014

When Sen. Joan Carter Conway recommitted her controversial college program bill back to her committee Tuesday she did so with a warning: It will be back.

Conway made the promise just before announcing she would send the bill back to committee rather than let it proceed to a final vote in the Senate.

“It hurts my heart,” Conway said. “But I know the fate of the bill in the House based on the discussions.”

The move to send the bill back to committee came after Conway engaged in a tense and heated debate over the bill with Sens. Jim Brochin and Bobby Zirkin, two Baltimore County Democrats. The bill passed on a procedural vote.

The bill would require the Maryland Higher Education Commission to review objections by historically black colleges and universities to proposals for new academic programs or substantial modifications to existing so-called traditionally white institutions.

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