Capital Matters

January 31, 1991

Abortion hearing

Special rules have been developed for today's joint legislative hearing on 12 abortion bills.

The Senate Judicial Proceedings and House Environmental Matters committees will open the hearing at 1 p.m. in the Joint Hearing Room, Legislative Services Building, State Circle.

From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., bill sponsors and their designated witnesses will offer testimony to explain and support their proposals, probably alternating between abortion opponents and abortion-rights advocates.

From 4 p.m. to about 6 p.m., public witnesses may testify.

Witnesses must sign up before addressing the committees. Sign-up sheets will be available outside the entrance to the Joint Hearing Room from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Witnesses will be called roughly in the order in which they sign up, though also alternating between proponents and opponents.

Witnesses are encouraged to submit written testimony, but will not be allowed to read from written testimony. THose wishing to submit written testimony must submit 50 copies no later than 12:30 p.m. Written testimony may be given to the staff of either committee for distribution to members of both committees.

Witnesses may not use any visual aids, such as posters, signs, slides, photographs, models, videotapes or movies. Except for members of the press, no cameras or recording equipment will be allowed.

Quote of the day

"I think the Senate . . . believes the only appropriate remedy is resignation."

-- Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., Senate president, referring to Health Secretary Adele A.Wilzack's troubles over the State Games program

Today

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

11 a.m.: Maryland Alliance for the Poor gives briefing to House Appropriations Committee, Room 130, House Office Building.

There are 67 days remaining in the 1991 General Assembly session.

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