Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan to sign $577M HBCU settlement billEducation Mar 24, 2021 10:59 AM EDTANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan will sign a measure to settle a 15-year-old federal lawsuit relating to underfunding at the state’s four historically Black colleges and universities for $577 million over a decade, the governor’s spokesman said Wednesday.
Hogan is scheduled to attend a bill signing Wednesday afternoon with lawmakers at Bowie State University.
Hogan, a Republican, vetoed a similar bill last year after citing economic difficulties created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Lawmakers passed a new measure last week in a large bipartisan vote of support.
The measure would not begin payments until the fiscal year 2023.
The measure’s provisions are contingent on a final settlement agreement on June 1. Michael Jones, a leading attorney for the HBCUs, told The Associated Press last week he did not anticipate any problems reaching a settlement, once the settlement measure becomes law.