Smoking and the O's
A freshman Republican's effort to restrict smoking to 10 percent of the seats in the new Camden Yards baseball stadium failed in the House Environmental Matters Committee yesterday, 16-6.
The bill by Delegate Martin G. Madden, R-Howard, also would have prohibited advertising of tobacco products on stadium grounds.
Kittleman bill flunks
House Minority Whip Robert H. Kittleman's annual attempt to do away with the legislative scholarship program met with its annual fate yesterday: defeat by the House Constitutional and Administrative Law Committee, 13-6.
The Howard Republican's measure would have phased out the program that allows senators and delegates to dispense scholarships to their constituents and would have shifted the money to the state's general scholarship program.
Tree bill breezes
After trudging through more than 140 suggested amendments, most of them presented by developers, a Senate committee unanimously approved yesterday an administration bill aimed at preserving Maryland's forest.
Despite developers' concerns about the potential cost of reforestation mandated by the bill, Sen. Gerald W. Winegrad, D-Anne Arundel, said the measure should pass the full Senate because the Economic and Environmental Affairs Committee voted 11-0 in favor of it, Gov. William Donald Schaefer backs it, and 33 senators have signed on as co-sponsors.
The House Environmental Matters Committee, by a vote of 21-1, passed a vehicle inspection bill yesterday that would bring Maryland's program in line with federal law.
The bill expands the areas covered by the emissions program to include Calvert, Cecil, Charles, Frederick, Queen Anne's and Washington counties, and it increases the amount of vehicle repair work that must be done to obtain an inspection waiver.
Kindergarten for all
A Senate committee approved yesterday a Schaefer administration bill requiring that all 5-year-old children be enrolled in kindergarten, unless they are enrolled in a licensed full-time program of child care, a registered, full-time family day-care program or a part-time Head Start program.
The administration bill, as passed by the Senate's Economic and Environmental Affairs Committee, would not go into effect until September 1992.
Quote of the day
"Come walk with me in the 39th District . . . to see the autopsy of someone whose head has been blown off with one of these weapons. . . . If that's what the NRA wants, I'm against it."
-- Del. Elijah E. Cummings, D-Baltimore, during debate on bill to ban assault weapons
9:30 a.m.: House convenes, State House.
9:30 a.m.: Senate Budget and Taxation Committee holds voting session, Room 100, Senate Office Building.
After House session adjourns: Ways and Means Committee holds voting session, Room 110, House Office Building.
There are 30 days remaining in the 1991 General Assembly session.