Smokers' rightsA bill that would have prohibited employers...

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February 23, 1991

Smokers' rights

A bill that would have prohibited employers from discriminating against smokers was killed without debate yesterday in a House committee.

The bill, sponsored by Delegate George W. Owings, D-Calvert, would have made it illegal for employers to fire or refuse to hire workers because of lawful activities they engage in outside working hours.

The bill was intended to protect smokers. But supporters argued that employers might begin trying to regulate other lawful activities unless protections were provided by law.

The bill got just five of the 11 votes needed for approval by the House Constitutional and Administrative Law Committee.

Quote of the day

"If I were you, I wouldn't count on that going to the bank."

-- Sen. John A. Cade,

minority leader, R-Anne Arundel, warning local subdivisions about likely cuts in "Action Plan for Educational Excellence" (APEX) funds.

Today

9 a.m.: House Economic Matters Committee holds voting session, Room 140, House Office Building.

9 a.m.: House Appropriations Subcommittee on Education and Human Resources makes budget decisions, Room 130, House Office Building.

There are 44 days remaining in the 1991 General Assembly session.

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