Bill stiffening crime penalties signed


Bills sponsored by two Carroll County legislators were signed into law yesterday by Gov. Parris N. Glendening.

Senate Bill 368, sponsored by Sen. Timothy R. Ferguson, a 4th District Republican, allows the state to seek life in prison without parole for anyone convicted of kidnapping, first-degree rape or first-degree sexual offense against a child younger than 16. The Senate approved the measure 46-0, and the House of Delegates, 126-3.

Under the former law, a convicted kidnapper could be sentenced to no more than 30 years in prison and a convicted rapist or sexual offender could be sentenced to no more than life in prison.

Senate Bill 192, sponsored by Sen. Larry E. Haines, the 5th District Republican who chairs the county's legislative delegation, requires the secretary of state to issue a Maryland flag to the family of any firefighter or sworn member of the state fire marshal's office who is killed in the line of duty.

The flag would be presented to a relative by a state senator of the legislative district in which the person lived or served.

Pub Date: 5/13/98

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