Rail fare honor systemFares on the new Hunt Valley to Glen...

CAPITAL MATTERS

February 20, 1991

Rail fare honor system

Fares on the new Hunt Valley to Glen Burnie light-rail line will be collected on an honor system, with only about one in three riders actually asked to produce their tickets, the House Judiciary Committee was told yesterday.

Those caught without their tickets, however, could face a fine of up to $500.

Ronald J. Hartman, general manager of the state's Mass Transit Administration, said the "barrier-free collection system" is less expensive and requires less equipment than other types of fare systems and will make it easier for passengers to board the trains.

In seeking legislative authority to implement the system, Mr. Hartman said passengers would buy a ticket and board through any door. Then, he said, a team of 12 unarmed inspectors would randomly select cars and check all passengers on board to assure that everyone has paid the correct fare. Passengers who become unruly would be turned over to MTA police at the next stop, he said.

Political looks

Overcoming opposition primarily from Baltimore, Baltimore County and Prince George's County, the House of Delegates voted yesterday to make campaign finance reports more readily available to Maryland citizens.

The legislation, which was approved 95-28 and now moves to the state Senate, would require political candidates to file a copy of their campaign finance reports at their local election boards in addition to the copy filed with the state election board in Annapolis.

Delegate Anne S. Perkins, D-Baltimore, chairman of the Constitutional and Administrative Law Committee, said the bill would improve public disclosure of how campaigns are financed and could restore faith in elected officials.

Opponents, however, claimed it would be an added burden to volunteer campaign treasurers and would only be of assistance to political opponents.

Quote of the day

"You should take cognizance that when [lobbyists] are making these large sums of money doing your work and our work -- it leads to a damaging perception."

-- J. Joseph Curran Jr.,attorney general, testifying on a bill to restrict the involvement of lobbyists in politics

Today

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10 a.m.: House and Senate convene, State House.1 p.m.: Senate Economic and Environmental Matters Committee considers Schaefer administration bill to require developers to plant trees in exchange for those cut during development, Room 200, Senate Office Building.

2 p.m.: House Appropriations subcommittee considers budgets of the Maryland Port Administration and Maryland Aviation Administration, Room 431, House Office Building.

2 p.m.: House Appropriations subcommittee considers budget of Maryland Stadium Authority, Room 406, House Office Building.

There are 47 days remaining in the 1991 General Assembly session.

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