40-hour week gainsA Senate committee killed two bills...


March 14, 1991

40-hour week gains

A Senate committee killed two bills yesterday that would have delayed or blocked outright Gov. William Donald Schaefer's plan to require full-time state employees to work 40 hours weekly.

With only Sen. John J. Hafer, R-Garrett, in favor of the bills, the Senate Finance Committee voted 10-1 to kill the measures intended to block the governor's money-saving plan.

Currently, about two-thirds of state employees or about 40,000 people are paid for a 35.5-hour week, but Mr. Schaefer has signed an executive order mandating the 40 hour-week for all workers beginning July 1.

Union leaders said they were disappointed by the committee's actions but were hopeful that Governor Schaefer may yet reverse himself on the issue again.

The governor initially authorized the mandatory 40-hour week in January, repealed it in early February, and then signed it again late last month.

Recycling lease approved

The state Board of Public Works approved yesterday a lease agreement that will allow a Baltimore recycling firm to collect newspapers for possible export overseas.

The agreement will permit Mid-Atlantic Recycling Corp. to use 127,267 square feet of space at Pier 1 at the Clinton Street Marine Terminal owned by the Maryland Port Authority.

The company will use the warehouse to accept and bundle newspapers destined for recycling. In return, the port will collect rent based on the volume of newspapers processed, officials said.

"Wastepaper is the leading export from the port of New York," said Brendan W. O'Malley, the MPA's executive director. "We have not been exporting much down here but we believe with this baling operation at the port, we'll be able to build an export product."

The recycling company is currently talking to county and local governments around the state to make arrangements for collecting wastepaper, officials said.

A clause in the contract could allow the state to take over the recycling center and continue its operation if the state deems it to be in the public interest.

Quote of the day

"It is easy to stand on the side and to criticize and say, 'He doesn't have a heart. He doesn't care.' "

-- Governor Schaefer

complaining about legislative

criticism of his welfare cuts



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

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

1 p.m.: Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee holds voting session, Room 300, Senate Office Building.

1 p.m.: Senate Budget and Taxation Committee considers Schaefer administration's proposed purchase of office buildings in Baltimore, Room 100, Senate Office Building.

1:30 p.m.: House Ways and Means Committee considers bill involving taxation of telecommunications companies, Room 110, House Office Building.

There are 26 days remaining in the 1991 General Assembly session.


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