Bill that would limit sentence revision by courts is...

Assembly Digest

March 21, 2001|By From staff reports

Bill that would limit sentence revision by courts is killed

The House Judiciary Committee killed a bill yesterday that would have limited judges' ability to reduce criminal sentences, opting instead for a measure to study the problem.

The alternative bill would require the annual report of the State Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy to include information on sentences that had been reconsidered and changed by a judge.

Judicial reform advocates have complained that judges sometimes quietly reduce criminal sentences long after a defendant's trial, without notifying the crime victims. Lawmakers said they did not have statistics on how widespread the practice was, and so rejected a bill that would have limited the courts' sentencing revisory power to one year.

City, state officials agree to study later club closings

Baltimore officials and Sen. Clarence M. Mitchell IV have agreed to set up a commission to study the senator's proposal to allow downtown bars to stay open until 4 a.m. rather than move forward with a bill now before the General Assembly.

The move effectively kills Senate Bill 229, which Mitchell saw as an economic development tool.

Enrollment in college trust program doubles

More than 10,500 young Marylanders are enrolled in the state's college trust program, double the number at this time last year, Gov. Parris N. Glendening announced yesterday.

The program, started in 1998, allows family members or other sponsors to pay in advance for a child's state college education at current tuition rates.

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