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January 26, 1996

Senate says students must prove vaccinations before 0) enrolling in college

The state Senate approved a bill yesterday that would prevent college students from enrolling in classes on Maryland campuses until they show proof of having required vaccinations.

The proposal, which passed 28 to 19, now goes to the House of Delegates. It is designed to keep people without vaccinations from spreading illness on college campuses. If enacted, it would affect tens of thousands of students starting next fall.

Supporters of the bill note that immunizations given to infants for mumps, measles and rubella are not necessarily strong enough to last. Opponents argue such legislation is unnecessary because colleges can require proof of immunization without a new state law.

Glendening introduces bill to form crime commission

Gov. Parris N. Glendening has introduced a bill to create a commission aimed at reforming the way convicted criminals are sentenced in Maryland.

The commission's goal would be to devise a system to ensure that criminals serve their full sentences and to abolish discretionary parole. The 33-member task force of judges, attorneys, elected officials, police and the public would recommend legislation to the General Assembly next year.

The proposal is aimed at restoring public trust in the criminal justice system, said Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend. "Victims don't believe that the system is honest or that it &L protects them from violent crimes," she said.

Miller pushes bill to join local and state elections

Baltimore's next election for mayor and City Council would be held in 1998 -- a year earlier than usual -- under legislation being pushed by Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr.

Mr. Miller, a Prince George's Democrat, told the Economic and Environmental Affairs Committee this week that the switch would save the city more than $1 million by having a combined state and local election. And it would increase voter turnout, he predicted.

In written testimony, Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke opposed the bill, saying the matter should be left to local officials. The bill also would require the state's other municipalities to hold their local elections in the same year as balloting for governor.

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