STATE HOUSE — Assembly panel backs Maurer as treasurer
State Treasurer Lucille Maurer passed a major hurdle in retaining her position yesterday when the General Assembly's Special Joint Committee on Selection of the State Treasurer voted to recommend her for a four-year term.
The committee made its decision in favor of Mrs. Maurer, former Montgomery County delegate, after interviewing her and several other candidates, among them a former treasurer for the state of Maine. The state treasurer's annual salary is $100,000.
The committee's recommendation will be sent to the Senate an House of Delegates, which must meet in joint session to elect the state treasurer. Though no date has been set for the election, it could happen next week, when the General Assembly isscheduled to hold two joint sessions.
2 House bills to focus on rights, minors
Abortion-rights leaders in the House of Delegates have decided to introduce two bills next week: one that would guarantee a woman's right to abortion without government interference until the time the fetus might be able to survive outside the womb, and one that would require counseling for girls under 16 before they are allowed to have abortions.
Delegates Samuel I. "Sandy" Rosenberg, D-Baltimore, an Lawrence A. LaMotte, D-Carroll, said they
hoped that filing two bills would allow for separate debates on the issues.
Advocates of abortion rights -- legislators as well as activist organizations -- disagree among themselves about legislation concerning restrictions on abortion for girls. Some reject any limits; others would support a clause that would have doctors notify a parent before a girl has an abortion.
Groups that advocate abortion rights have vowed to defeat a Senate abortion-rights bill that contains such a parental-notice clause.
Mr. LaMotte and Mr. Rosenberg say they hope to avoid such opposition by keeping the question of abortion for minors separate from the main abortion-rights bill. The House bill on abortion for minors would not require a parent be informed but would require that girls be counseled to tell a parent.