DELEGATES HIT TRANSFER
Delegates Richard C. Matthews, R-Carroll, and Donald B. Elliott, R-Carroll, Howard, have joined their Republican colleagues in opposing any transfer of corporate tax revenues from the Transportation Trust Fund to the General Fund.
The House Republican Caucus recently voted unanimously to oppose such a transfer now or in the future.
The governor has proposed that $22 million in corporate tax revenues be transferred to help balance the fiscal 1991 budget and that $76 million be moved to ease the shortfall for the next fiscal year.
The administration has since made a variety of proposals to replenish a depleted trust fund.
"We're just robbing Peter to pay Paul, and it doesn't make any sense," the delegates said in a joint statement. "Creating a hole to fill another one doesn't satisfy us, and it won't satisfy our constituents."
Republican Caucus rules provide thatat least a two-thirds majority of all members (17 of 25) must agree before the caucus takes a position on any issue. For the vote on thisissue, 22 members were present.
HAINES NAMES WORKERS
ANNAPOLIS -- State Sen. Larry E. Haines, R-Carroll, Baltimore counties, has announced that Debbie Romanoski and Robin Kidd will be working in his Senate offices in Annapolis and Westminster.
Romanoski brings three years of General Assembly experience to the staffand will be working as Haines' full-time administrative assistant. Her responsibilities will include constituent relations, legislative research and analysis and organizational management.
She has attended the National Cryptologic School, Anne Arundel Community College, as well as the Washington School of Protocol. She lives in Annapolis with her husband and two children.
Kidd will be working two days aweek in the senator's district office in the Westminster Professional Center.
She is a graduate of John F. Kennedy High School in Richmond, Va., and previously worked for Henry Louis Contractors. A resident of Westminster, she is married and has two children.
KEEP DRUGS OFF STREET
ANNAPOLIS -- Sens. Charles H. Smelser, D-Carroll, Frederick, Howard, and Larry E. Haines, R-Carroll, Baltimore, are co-sponsoring a bill designed to reduce the amount of prescribed drugs making their way to the streets for non-medical uses.
The bill, defeated in the Senate Economic and Environmental Affairs Committee last year, would require physicians to prepare triplicateprescription blanks for patients. One copy would be kept by the pharmacist, one by the customer and the third sent to the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
Now, only two copies are required -- one for the pharmacist and another for the customer.
The bill would apply only to a certain classification of pharmaceuticals that have both a medical purpose and a street value, such as amphetamines or pain killers.
The bill, whose primary sponsor is Sen. Julian Lapides, D-Baltimore, is an attempt to allow the health department a role in monitoring physicians prescribing drugs, reducing forged prescriptions and preventing patients from "shopping" different physicians for drugs.
ELECTION LAW IS DEBATED
ANNAPOLIS -- A member of Americans for Democratic Action testified at a hearingTuesday against a bill proposed by Delegate Richard N. Dixon, D-Carroll, that would prohibit political candidates from filing for two offices in the same primary election.
Now, candidates are permitted to file for one public office and one party office, such as a Republican or Democratic central committee seat, in the same primary.
Emile Rutner, of Takoma Park, Montgomery County, representing ADA's greater Washington chapter, told the House Constitutional and Administrative Law Committee that political parties should determine their rules and party and committee membership requirements. The state should notdetermine how the parties conduct that aspect of business, said Rutner.
Dixon said he wanted to close the only loophole in the state election laws allowing an individual to run for two offices at once. That occurred in Carroll in the 1990 election when John Buchheister Jr. and Joseph H. Mettle each ran for state office and Carroll Republican Central Committee.
SMELSER ON CONSERVATION
ANNAPOLIS -- With the state requiring counties to recycle either upto 20 percent of their waste streams by 1994, Sen. Charles H. Smelser, D-Carroll, Frederick, Howard, is seeking to assure that state government also will conform to the ambitious recycling goals established.
He has re-introduced a bill, along with Sen. Gerald W. Winegrad,D-Anne Arundel, requiring state government employees to make copies on both sides of a sheet of paper for any document of 10 pages or longer. The bill exempts the secretary of a state unit and certain members or affiliates of the legislature, as long as they provide authorization and cite specific reasons for one-sided copies.