Youngsters and drugsThe Senate approved yesterday a bill...

CAPITAL MATTERS

March 08, 1991

Youngsters and drugs

The Senate approved yesterday a bill that would put juveniles ages 16 and 17 under the jurisdiction of the adult courts if they have been charged with narcotics manufacturing, distribution or conspiracy.

The Senate approved the measure by a vote of 30 to 16.

Under current law, the juvenile courts have jurisdiction over mos youths under the age of 18, unless the juvenile is waived into the adult court. The Senate bill approved yesterday would still provide for a waiver, only now it would be a waiver from adult court to juvenile court.

Proponents said the bill could act as a deterrent and could sen a message to juveniles. Opponents said the bill's passage and ** possible enactment would only serve to overload the state's already strained court system. The Department of Fiscal Services estimated the bill would send about 2,500 more juveniles into the adult courts.

Quote of the day

"If you're going to deny property rights to people, the state has to make a convincing case and they haven't."

-- Sen. Janice Piccinini,

D-Baltimore County, explaining her opposition to a ban on certain automatic weapons

Today

10 a.m.: Senate convenes, State House.

11 a.m.: House convenes, State House.

1 p.m.: Senate Economic and Environmental Affairs Committee considers bills involving Senate confirmation of gubernatorial appointments, Room 200, Senate Office Building.

1 p.m.: House Appropriations Committee reviews capital budget requests involving several Western Maryland projects, Room 130, House Office Building.

There are 31 days remaining in the 1991 General Assembly session.

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