Maryland Senate overrides Hogan veto on college applicant ‘ban the box’ bill

WASHINGTON — The Maryland Senate has voted to overturn Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of a bill that would prevent colleges and universities from asking prospective students about their criminal histories.

Friday’s 32-15 vote comes a day after the Maryland House of Delegates voted to override the veto on the ”ban the box” bill. The override makes Maryland one of two states to bar public colleges and universities from having applicants provide information on their criminal histories on the initial application.

Maryland already bars public employers from asking applicants about past convictions on job applications. The bill targeting colleges and universities would not prevent institutions of higher learning from screening students once the application is submitted.

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