Advance payment of college expenses approved by 0...

Assembly Digest

April 06, 1997|By From Sun staff reports

Advance payment of college expenses approved by 0) Assembly

The General Assembly gave final approval yesterday to the governor's prepaid-tuition plan, which will allow Maryland families to cover college tuition bills in later years by setting aside the equivalent of today's bills now.

Those bills are currently about $3,200 a year at the University of Maryland System's 11 undergraduate campuses. State investors would be asked to generate income from the families' payments to provide enough money for the later tuition costs.

Officials project that the parents of a baby born in January 1998 could make monthly payments of $133. In return, the fund would pay the equivalent of tuition and mandatory fees at a public four-year Maryland campus when the child enters college.

Lawmakers want students in school where they live

The Assembly gave final approval yesterday to legislation designed to put teeth into the requirement that children attend public school in the jurisdiction where they live with their parents or guardians.

Under the legislation, school districts could collect financial penalties from parents whose children illegally attend schools outside their districts.

The bill, sought by Baltimore County legislators, now goes to the governor for his expected signature.

Legislators require more funding for tourism

Legislators gave final approval yesterday to a bill that will require the governor to increase the Maryland Tourism Development Fund budget to promote the state.

The legislation directs the governor to allocate at least $4 million for fiscal 1999, $5 million for fiscal 2000 and $6 million for fiscal 2001. The aim is to improve Maryland's competitive position against its neighboring states through promotion and advertising.

The measure goes to Gov. Parris N. Glendening, who has said he will sign it.

Zero tolerance bill fails in Senate committee

A state Senate committee yesterday killed a bill that would have expanded the list of crimes for which police officers could issue citations and make warrantless arrests.

Members of the Judicial Proceedings Committee said the legislation, called "zero tolerance," was a bad bill. They were concerned about such things as officers making arrests without sufficient probable cause.

Supporters of the bill saw the citations component of the bill as an important tool to keep police on the street, instead of having them take suspects to a police station for processing

Pub Date: 4/06/97

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