Capital Matters

January 30, 1991

Grasmick moves up

Gov. William Donald Schaefer said yesterday that he would appoint Nancy Grasmick as secretary of a new department that will include the juvenile correctional system and also the Office of Children, Youth and Families. Ms. Grasmick currently heads the latter agency.

Legislative approval will be needed to combine the two agencies into one.

The impetus to combine the agencies was the resignation of Linda D'Amario Rossi as secretary of juvenile services, the agency that operates correctional facilities for young offenders. Ms. Rossi is leaving Maryland to take a similar job in Rhode Island.

Livid landowners

When government strips landowners of any right to develop their property without compensation, it's called "constitutional taking," and two Eastern Shore lawmakers yesterday unveiled legislation intended to prevent that from happening to rural property owners in Maryland.

Sens. Lewis R. Riley, R-Wicomico, and Frederick C. Malkus Jr., D-Dorchester, said yesterday that landowners in their districts are outraged over recent state laws limiting waterfront development and preserving non-tidal wetlands.

"Outrage is putting it mildly," Senator Riley said. "We get numerous calls from people who claim they are losing equity in the property" as a result of the state laws.

The proposed bill would require the state attorney general to consider whether future land-use regulations could result in court challenges on the grounds of a constitutional taking. If so, the attorney general would then have to calculate the potential ,, cost to the state of each proposed law.

Environmentalists said the bill is clearly aimed at deflecting Governor Schaefer's 2020 Commission plan to further restrict growth in order to preserve the Chesapeake Bay.

"The attorney general already reviews bill and certifies them for constitutionality," said Sen. Gerald W. Winegrad, D-Anne Arundel. "This is another shot at land-use restrictions that are so necessary in the state."

Quote of the day

"Now that I'm not running for this office anymore, I expected to get a fairer break [from the press]. I got three good stories

since the election's been over. Can you imagine that I deserve three good stories since the election was over?"

Gov. William Donald Schaefer,

talking to reporters about his

job performance rating,

which is down in a recent poll.



10 a.m.: House and Senate convene, State House.

10 a.m.: Board of Public Works convenes, State House.

1 p.m.: R. Robert Linowes briefs Senate Budget and Taxation Committee on tax commission proposals, Room 100, Senate Office Building.

1 p.m.: Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee considers bill that would permit suspension of driver's licenses for persons convicted of drug offenses, Room 300, Senate Office Building.

2 p.m.: House Appropriations Subcommittee receives briefing on proposed consolidation of State Railroad Administration and Mass Transit Administration, Room 431, House Office Building.

There are 68 days remaining in the 1991 General Assembly session.


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