Delegate-elect Martin G. Madden, R-13B, said Monday he plans to introduce legislation in January that would bar advertising and limit smoking in Camden Yards Stadium.
"This is a tax-supported project," Madden said of the sports complex under construction. "I think one of the things we should do is project a wholesome atmosphere as part of the wholesomeness of sports."
Madden's bill would limit smoking to no more than 10 percent of the stadium and would prohibit smoking in restrooms. Violators would be subject to a civil penalty of $100.
Madden said he had sent a copy of his bill to Delegate Virginia Thomas, D-13A, and asked if she might co-sponsor it.
Thomas, who is vice-chairman of the environmental matters committee that would hear the bill, said she is co-sponsoring a no-smoking bill of her own with Delegate Donald B. Elliott, R-4B.
Since their bill would bar smoking in all public places, Thomas doesn't "see any need to sponsor this one which is picking at pieces of the problem."
"Marty picking out one area is fine," said Thomas, "but the problem of inhaling passive smoke is more serious than that. A person should not be forced to breathe a hazardous substance. I want to see that there's no smoking in public areas and public places period."
House minority whip Robert H. Kittleman, R-14B, said he has seen a "big change" in the public attitude toward passive smoking in the last two years and "wouldn't be surprised at all" if the smoking portion of Madden's bill passed.
Banning advertising is a different matter, Kittleman said. The legislature "is slow to pass some of that stuff." But the times "are changing fast," Kittleman said, and "in three or four years all kinds of things like that could pass."
Sen. Thomas M. Yeager, D-13, also doubted the advertising portion of Madden's bill would pass.
"It has become part of (a stadium's) revenues," Yeager said.